Please be assured that the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is monitoring Hurricane Lane as it approaches the islands, and is working closely with county and state emergency response teams to determine potential school closures.
As with any emergency-type situation, we are striving to balance the need for safety with our overall commitment to provide students and families with every sense of normalcy. Updates on school closures will be posted on HIDOE's website www.hawaiipublicschools.org and on social media -Twitter and Facebook, @HIDOE808, starting at 9 p.m. this evening.
Effective Wednesday, August 22, all after-school activities and programs including inter-scholastic athletic events are canceled for the rest of this week and will resume on Monday, August 27. All school-related inter-island travel this week will be canceled as well.
We urge families to have an emergency plan in place and to prepare ahead of the storm's anticipated impact. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) recommends individuals and families prepare an "emergency kit" with a minimum of 14 days' worth of food, water and other supplies. For other tips and for more information, please visit dod.hawaii.gov/hiema.
Your neighborhood school may be designated as an emergency shelter. Activation is initiated by counties in consultation with HI-EMA. You can connect with your county's emergency response resources at:
"Leihoku," which means "Lei of Stars," is an appropriate name, reflecting the values, character, and spirit of all those who enter our wonderful campus. We have outstanding students, families, and staff (our STARS!) held together with a common purpose (like the string of a lei) of insuring that each of our students develop and grow into life long learners, thinkers, and contributors. The focus of our efforts is to ensure that high student achievement is obtained through meaningful and purposeful instruction that is rigorous and relevant, and can be applied to real life learning opportunities. Thus, Leihoku's mission and vision of "Every Child, Every Time" symbolizes the commitment and dedication to the successful growth of every child, and the promise of service to every family. This is achieved by an enthusiastic and highly effective staff that is devoted to the success of our students in and out of school, and well beyond their formative years at Leihoku. Thus, Leihoku is truly a "Lei of Starts" . . . special people . . in a special place.
Please join our Leihoku Ohana, and may we serve you with the utmost care and dedication! Aloha!