About Our School

Home of the Ladybugs, Kaʻelepulu Elementary School is located in Kailua on the Windward side of Oahu.  It is one of three public schools encircling Enchanted Lake and framed by the three peaks of Olomana Mountain.  Our school has maintained its original structure as a single two-story classroom building since 1973.  Kaʻelepulu means "moist blackness", which refers to the dark moss that grew in what was once an important freshwater pond on its site.  When construction first began, a swarm of ladybugs took to the air around the campus, thus, the mascot of our school made itself known.  Our school colors, yellow and orange, reflect the brightness of the sun and, metaphorically, the bright futures of our students.

Ka'elepulu Elementary provides a caring, nurturing, and positive learning environment for approximately 200 students. All school community members collaborate to support each other in learning, developing, and striving for excellence to help students achieve mental, physical, and philosophical goals. 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is integral to our whole-child concept and we implement Choose Love K-6 to emphasize the inclusion of all students as a community. We teach behaviors that foster respect and caring for everyone through the tenets of: courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion in action, to make connections to understand impulse control, problem solving, anger management and how the brain works through these. We integrate this with our organized play for safe, smooth transitions between recess and instruction.