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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lokelani Intermediate seeks to give every student personal touch

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

This is the Lokelani Hula Halau under the direction of seventh-grade social studies teacher Kalani Au. Bottom row: Lehua Enaena, Hillary Tapuro, Rio Robins and Adaline Manibog-Espiritu. Top row: Jayden Pacheco, Malia Kahuhu, Shaylynn Garcia-Bicoy, Yvonne Vogeler, Asia Calibuso, Kiana Martin Del Campo, Kaly Whitmore, Jessica Arreola and Joylene Tabon.

Lokelani Intermediate School

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Where: 1401 Liloa St., Kihei, Maui District

Grade span: Sixth through eighth

Enrollment: 641 students, capacity for 900

Race/ethnicity enrollment: White, 31 percent; Filipino, 28 percent; Hawaiian/ part-Hawaiian, 14 percent; Hispanic, 5 percent; Japanese, 3 percent; other, 19 percent.

Free and reduced-price lunch eligible: 32 percent

Special-education students: 10 percent

Computers on campus: Two computer labs with 40 computers, two mobile computer labs with 32 computers.

Principal: Donna Whitford, four years at the school.

School nickname: Lokelani Waveriders.

School colors: Black and pink.

What are you most proud of? "Implementing the middle school philosophy that includes two teams per grade level who are able to meet every other day for team planning, a block schedule that allows for four periods a day including advisory," said Donna Whitford, Lokelani Intermediate School principal. "This is a very flexible schedule and can be used in a variety of ways to personalize instruction for each student."

What is your biggest challenge? "It continues to be meeting the benchmarks for Hawai'i State Assessment testing," Whitford said. "When the corrected HSA scores were issued, Lokelani had met benchmarks for all subgroups, except special education."

Special events: Participates in the Maui District Spelling Bee, Computer Club, the Hula and Hawaiian Culture Club, the annual Fair Games, participation in the Save our Shores effort to maintain trails and clean up the community

History: The school opened in 1989 and serves sixth- through eighth-graders in the Kihei-Wailea area. The school's mission is to make a community of lifelong learners who work together in an environment that fosters academic excellence.

Web address: www.lokelanischool.com

Phone: 808-875-6800