‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu

Nu‘uanu Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization

Fri., Jan. 24

Teacher Professional Development Day


Jan. 28 – 30

Unwanted Gift Donation Drop-Off

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. in front of the cafeteria

Thurs., Feb. 13

Family Fun Night Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cool Nu‘uanu School!

Help us raise funds to install air conditioning units in 14 classrooms! Use this link to donate today.

Day Camp Fri., Jan. 24 - Professional Development Day with YMCA

The YMCA is offering an intersession program at Nu‘uanu Elementary School for Professional Development Day.

Program Dates:

Friday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Nu‘uanu Elementary School

For more information and to register, please download and fill out the PD Program Flyer and the PD Program Waiver.

Program code: 23828

President’s Message


Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic time with your families this past holiday season and that 2020 is off to a great start. The start of a new year always brings renewed hope and possibilities. Our board is excited about the year ahead and we know that together, we will achieve big things to benefit our keiki.

#1 We remain committed to raising enough money to install air conditioning in our classrooms. While its cold and rainy right now, it’s only a matter of time before the sweltering heat comes back. Thank you to the families that have donated checks, gave through GoFundMe, and participated in our Dave & Busters fundraiser. Thanks to you, we’ve raised just over $9,000. This year, our board needs to raise an additional $40,000 to achieve our children’s dream of having AC’s in every classroom.

#2 Save the date for Family Fun Night on Friday, May 8th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is always loads of fun for our students and families.

#3 And we will continue to bring you family friendly activities including another campus beautification, movie night and more.

We still need help from parents to volunteer on committees for Family Fun night to ensure that we can have this event. I hope that you will join in any way you can. Whether you have a lot of time, or just a little, there is a way to be involved. Contact me at pres@nuuanuschool.org.



2019 RECAP

Thanks for a great 2019 filled with loads of fun and many successes to celebrate:

• Students and teachers were welcomed back to school in style with a photo booth and goodies.

• Hundreds of families attended the Pokemon movie night, Pumpkin Carving Night, and gingerbread house building event.

• New trees and shrubs were planted and our campus got a needed face lift at campus beautification.

• More than $9,000 was raised for our #CoolNuuanuSchool air conditioning initiative.

2020 Family Fun Night Planning Meeting - Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Family Fun Night is Nu‘uanu Elementary School’s biggest fundraiser of the year! It will be held on Friday, May 8 from 2:30-8 p.m and features games, food, bounce houses, a country store, silent auction, plant booth, crafts, and lots of fun! All proceeds raised from the event go to ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu and are used to pay for things like air conditioning, new computers, helping off-set field trip costs, reimbursing teachers, supporting school clubs and more. Our focus this year is to raise enough money to install air conditioner in each and every classroom.

We Need YOU!!!

We need help from families to volunteer their time to lead or be a member of a FFN committee. Since this is our biggest event there are a lot of opportunities to help – big and small. Committees include: games, silent auction, volunteers, country store, parking, logistics, prizes, just to name a few.

Family Fun Night FAQs

• Do I need to attend all of the meetings? No. We understand you can’t attend all the meetings and as long as we have open communications, attending each meeting is not necessary.

• How much time will this take? Honestly this is dependent on how much time you can give and what role you are willing to serve. We have committees who have about 1-4 hours of work every month and others that don’t have much to do until the month before and then there’s a lot to do. What I can say is that every little bit helps. If you can only give 30 minutes a month to help, that is 30 minutes more help than we had before.

I hope to see you at our planning meeting on Thursday, Dec., 12, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you can’t attend but want to help, or if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at 295-7122.



Experts Needed!

Aikane O Nu’uanu is looking for

1. Licensed Electricians

2. Monetary Donations

3. Installers

We need to raise at least $50,000 to install air conditioners in all our classrooms this year.

There are several ways you can donate:

1. Visit our Go Fund Me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cool-nuuanu-school

2. You can give a monetary donation (When writing your check, please include ATTN: AC in the memo.)

Please contact pres@nuuanuschool.org if you are willing to help with donations or if you know anyone who can install and if you know or you are a licensed electrician. Download the flyer here. Thank you!

Working Together to Help Our Students


I’m excited to announce that we just kicked off our “Cool Nu‘uanu School” campaign. This fundraising campaign is aimed at creating an optimal learning experiencing by raising funds to install air conditioning units in all our classrooms. We set an ambitious goal to raise $50,000 this year. It sounds like a lot but when you break it down, that’s only $140 per student!

Why is this so important?

  • There are 358 students and 45 staff at Nu‘uanu Elementary School
  • 14 more classrooms need AC units
  • Temperatures peaked at 91 degrees in August!
  • Even now in these “cooler” months, temperatures are ranging between 85 and 88 degrees
  • According to a Harvard study, temperatures over 80 degrees impacts student concentration and learning

How You Can Help

Donate money and/or participate in any of our fundraiser campaigns listed below.

Thank you for your support and let’s #CoolNuuanuSchool.


Go Fund Me

Donate to ‘Aikane O Nu’uanu through our new Go Fund Me account. Use this link to donate today or go to www.gofundme.com and search for Aikane O Nu‘uanu. All the money raised on this platform will be specifically earmarked for air conditioning. Help us spread the word with your family, friends, and surrounding community by sharing the link on your social media accounts.

Boon Supply Fundraiser Still on!

You can still order Boon Supply items online until Dec. 31. Click link below.


Use AmazonSmile for your online shopping!

Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile for all your Amazon orders. This is FREE money for Aikane O Nu‘uanu! 0.5% of your purchases goes to our school, so remember to sign in through this AmazonSmile link and choose Aikane O Nu‘uanu as your charity of choice.

Android Users: An AmazonSmile app is now available in your store.

Apple Users: While AmazonSmile doesn’t have an app, you can still add a shortcut to your phone's home screen.

1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com in your phone’s browser and log into your Amazon account.

2. Tap the share icon at the bottom of the window.

3. Tap Add to Home Screen, and then tap Add.

4. Tap the new icon on your home screen to return at any time to smile.amazon.com

5. Make sure to designate Aikane O Nu‘uanu Inc. as your charity of choice

Shopping on the regular Amazon app or site will not benefit ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu.

Meet your 2019-2020 ‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu board!

Standing from left:

Alyssa Fung (Social Media), Ferozah MacKenzie (Recording Secretary), Kristine Lee (Treasurer), Jennifer Noblado (Corresponding Secretary), Robyn Fujioka (Business Manager)

Sitting from left:

Holly Miskella (2nd VP), Moani Wright-Van Alst (President), Leslie Chinn (1st VP), Jen Catanzariti (Communications), Lori Yamada (PCNC)

Not pictured:

Tanya Florin (Campus Beautification), Tobias Huber (Fall Fundraiser), Trisha Nakayama (Technology), Dayle Hoopai (Early Arrival Program), Edna Padayhag-Lin (Hospitality), Gary Hashimoto (Boy Scouts), Crystal Kapua (Cub Scouts), Clinton Wong (Girl Scouts)

Connect with us by emailing info@nuuanuschool.org and find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Welcome, Families!

Welcome to ‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu (AON), Nu‘uanu Elementary School‘s Parent Teacher Organization. We are an all-volunteer organization comprised of parents, teachers, staff, and the Principal of Nu‘uanu Elementary whose main function is to provide support to Nu‘uanu Elementary School, and to create and maintain the spirit of “ohana” within our school community.

Our organization is made up of 6 officers, 30+ committee chairpersons, and lots of parent volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us at info@nuuanuschool.org.

If you’d like to be updated on activities and events via AON's email broadcast service, please send an email message to info@nuuanuschool.org with “Please Subscribe” in the subject line, and include your name, your child(ren)’s name(s) as well as grade level(s) in the message body.

In addition, we hold monthly board meetings on the third Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 15. Hope to see you there!

Before School

It's not too late to sign up for the Early Arrival Program for grades K-5. The program runs from 6:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. daily, excluding holidays and waiver days. Applications are in the main office. Any questions? Email daylehoopai@yahoo.com

After School


Through a partnership with the DOE, the YMCA of Honolulu provides inexpensive after school care for Nu‘uanu Elementary School from end-of-school until 5:30 p.m. Applications are in the main office.


Little Veterinarian School


Contact: Sue Bigelow (808) 639-7572



Sports Jam Grades - K-3


Contact: David Sur (808) 383-1134


Deadline to register: Aug. 16, 2019

Click here for flyer.

Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) Art for Kids


Contact: Roy Otaguro (808) 222-2031


Bricks 4 Kids Grades - K-4


Contact: Dawn Sur (808) 255-5522


Deadline to register: August 20, 2019

Click here for flyer.