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About This School

Waiakea Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hilo. 844 students attend Waiakea Elementary School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 52% of the 844 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Waiakea Elementary School is 17:1. E Makaala School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 81% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 42% %
Asian 34% %
Hispanic 3% 5%
Multiracial 13% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 42%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has a Vice Principal who does not care about the students that attend. Students that are under section 504 are not being seen on a weekly basis as intended. This school is one of the worst schools on the island!

  • (4 years ago)

    From seeing my grandchildren having the hardest time in school and not wating to go... to placing them in Waiakea and seeing them be in the TOP 100 of all schools in Hawaii to go to a Geographic Bee. I have seen nothing but wonderful teaching/ and teachers that love what they are doing and really care about the children. I had always been told that it's better for a child to go to a 'smaller' school. I have news for you.. this is so not true. My grandchildren have soared since going to Waiakea. We are 2nd generation of children going to waiakea.. and am so happy to have them there. Way to go Waiakea!

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter is in Kindergarten and she's having a great experience. There is a reading coach that makes recommendations and provides materials for individual students and the kids already are getting reasonable amounts of homework. For me the most important thing is the school's emphasis on civility and appropriate behavior. They have a very strong anti-bullying program in place and appropriate behavior is consistently reinforced. There is also a good after-school A+ program run by the YMCA.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son loves this school. We like the Gifted and Talented program and the way this program is structured to ensure continuity in the child's learning and to provide stimulating challenges to those students who are able to handle them.

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