The KS Hawai‘i ‘ohana is celebrating the appointment of elementary school vice principal Waianuhea Paleka and interim elementary school principal Phil Aganus. The two leaders assumed their interim roles on July 20, 2015 and will remain in their positions for the 2015-2016 school year.
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i welcomed a new interim principal, and vice principal for its elementary school.
Phil Aganus has been named interim po‘o kumu o ke kula ha‘aha‘a (elementary school principal). He replaces Esther Kanehailua, who served in the role since 2013.
Aganus brings nearly two decades of educational experience and seasoned, steady leadership to this transition. He is a longtime administrator and has served for the last 11 years as the hope po‘o kumu (vice principal) for the campus’ kula ki‘eki‘e (high school).
Aganus is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and a teaching certificate in secondary education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also earned a master’s degree in occupational studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Prior to joining KS Hawai‘i, he served for eight years at Hilo High School as a teacher in social studies and computer networking and for four years as assistant athletic director.
“It is a privilege to serve as interim po‘o kumu and to work with such an accomplished and dedicated staff, bright and energetic student body and a very supportive network of families,” says Aganus. “I look forward to the coming school year.”
The school also celebrated the appointment of Waianuhea Paleka to the position of hope poʻo kumu (vice principal) for the kula ha‘aha‘a. She replaces Liana Iaea-Honda who served in the role since 2012.
Paleka is a graduate of Molokaʻi High School and holds a B.A. in Hawaiian studies and a teaching certificate in elementary education from UH Hilo. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University.
Prior to joining KS Hawai‘i last school year as a first-grade kumu, Paleka dedicated 18 years of service at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Charter School as kumu for grades two through six, elementary school counselor and preschool director.
“I am ready to ʻīlauhoe (paddle together) with the amazing kula haʻahaʻa staff to support haumāna, ʻohana, faculty and staff in the journey toward continuous improvement and excellence,” says Paleka.
The two leaders assumed their interim roles on July 20, 2015 and will remain in their positions for the 2015-2016 school year.
“It is with my warmest aloha that I welcome Mr. Aganus and Mrs. Paleka to their new roles,” says Kāhealani Nae‘ole-Wong, KS Hawai‘i interim po‘o kula (head of school).
“I will be assisting them to create as smooth a transition as possible. Parents, faculty and staff who know them appreciate that they have a love for children and a passion for our mission. Our keiki and kula ha‘aha‘a will be in the best of hands.
“I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Kanehailua and Ms. Iaea-Honda for their steadfast dedication to our elementary school keiki. Their efforts have created a firm foundation of learning for us to build upon in the years ahead.”
Parents, faculty and staff who know them appreciate that they have a love for children and a passion for our mission. Our keiki and kula ha‘aha‘a will be in the best of hands.
Kāhealani Nae‘ole-Wong, KSH Interim Head of School