General Information about Koloa Elementary

Köloa School is located on the leeward, sunny south shore of Kaua`i. Köloa is situated in an historic plantation community, with a residential area of long-time residents, as well as a major tourist destination with resort hotels and condominiums on the near coastline. Köloa is the site of the first commercial sugar plantation in the Hawaiian Islands, and is also the oldest public school on Kaua`i, established in 1877.

The school serves preschool to grade five students that live in the Köloa, Läwa`i, `Öma`o and Po`ip ü areas. A strong feeling of `ohana characterizes the school-community, and the majority of students live within walking distance of the school, while buses provide transportation for those students whose residences are in the rural areas of `Öma`o and Läwai. The local economy is primarily visitor industry based with additional developments occurring in Po`ip ü.

Köloa School is a setting where students, staff and families are working together to support academic excellence and healthy social-emotional development through the incorporation of a Positive Behavior Support system which promotes positive student behavior. Respect, Responsibility and Safety are the cornerstones of our schoolwide expectations.

Major initiatives to improve student achievement have included:

  • Training teachers in effective instructional practices, with support given by coaches for instructional improvement,
  • Math and reading coaches who provide instructional, planning, and data analysis support,
  • Standards-based instruction driven by student data,
  • Identifying and aligning “essential” content to HCPS III,
  • Using a coordinated curriculum in all content areas, and
  • Increasing technology as a teaching and learning tool in all classrooms.


This is the second year with our 21st Century Learning Center grant which provides us the opportunity to offer many academic and enrichment activities. The Hokuloa Morning Club, Homework Clubs, Robotics Club, `Ukulele Club, Art Club, etc. were offered to students either before or after school. In addition, intercession classes were offered in cooking, music, hula, math, literature, and test preparation. It is our goal to continue these opportunities for academic support and enrichment throughout this coming year.

Support from our local community has been shown via grants, partnerships, parental and community involvement, and monetary donations from the Hawaii Community Foundation, Po`ip ü Rotary Club, Koloa School PTA, Kukui`ula, LLC, Waterhouse-Watts Trust, Kauai Economic Development Board and others who support improving our ability to service both the school and community.