aloha & welcome to hanahau'oli


As Hanahau‘oli’s 11th Head of School, I am honored to welcome you to our community of learners. I encourage you to take the time to explore our website to learn more about what makes our school so remarkable.

Hanahau‘oli prides itself on its “stages-not-ages” approach to learning, recognizing that young minds progress along a developmental continuum at varying rates. Respecting the child as a learner is multifaceted, and our teachers live this in their classrooms with students every day. We strive to develop close connections with children and families, recognizing that these relationships are central to school success.

Hanahau‘oli students are independent thinkers, creative inventors, risk takers, public orators, decision makers, and strong citizens. Strolling through any of our classrooms during the school day, you will observe passionate teachers inspiring and nurturing an authentic process of inquiry, engagement and learning. Our goal at Hanahau‘oli is to foster self-esteem in children, and inspire a lifelong love of learning and genuine compassion for the people and the world around us.

Our Progressive approach to teaching and learning has benefited children since 1918, and we take seriously our mission to “respect the uniqueness of each individual as it promotes respect for self, others, and our diverse global community.” We value the broad diversity of our school ‘ohana and celebrate the richness it affords. Hanahau‘oli means "joyful learning". We continue to live up to our name after nearly a century since our founding. I invite you to come learn more about us!

With Aloha,

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn
Head of School

Faculty & Staff



Classroom Teachers

Junior Kindergarten: Dolores Brockman, Jayne Fryxell, Nora Sobrado-Comerford

Kukunaokalā (K/1): Alison Baclig, Sarah DeLuca, Carla Matsui, Maile Ostrem

Kulāiwi (2/3): Kathy Galdeira, Marsha Shimek, Jennifer Stierli

Po‘e Ka‘ahele (4/5):  Sara Armstrong, Rebecca Eldredge, Shannon Porter

6th Grade: Noreen Varney, Lisa Martin '68


Art – Lauren Okano

Band – Ernie Provencher

French – Michelle Caron

Hawaiian Culture Facilitator – Blair Sataraka

Librarian – Gabby Holt '02

Library Assistant – Amy Donn

Music – Micah Hirokawa

Physical Education – Jewel Toyama

Physical World Laboratory – Marc Miyamoto

Orchestra – Chad Uyehara


Head of School – Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

Director of Finance & Operations – Rachel Fukumoto

Director of Institutional Advancement – Terrina Wong

Director of Admissions – Beverly Crum

Director of Curriculum & Technology Innovation – Lia Woo '88

Director of the Professional Development Center – Elila Levinson

Accountant – Jenny Chen

Administrative Manager – Joanne Guy

Advancement Associates – Wendy Kaneda, Waileia Roster

After School Programs Coordinator – Ashlei Limbaga

Bookkeeper/Summer School Assistant – Sara Shimabukuro

Coordinators of Learning Resources – Michiko Sugiyama, Cathy Joseph

IT Specialist – Chris Uyeda

Marketing & Communication Specialist – Kellie James '95 Schmidtke

physical plant

Physical Plant Manager – Ian Gillespie '84

Physical Plant Staff – Leo Antonio, Gil Cacayurin, Vinie Javier

Board of Trustees

2017-2018 Board of Trustees of Hanahau‘oli School

Sharon Himeno '68 – President

Terry George – Vice President

Eric Schiff – Secretary

Russell M. Gifford – Treasurer

Wendy B. Crabb – Past President

 J. Kuhio Asam, M.D.

Stephanie Soll '82 Buck

Brian Doyle

Sara Magoon '58 Dudgeon

Jennifer Kessner '88 Engle

Ikaika Hussey '90

Elliot Loden

Pamela Omidyar

Jeff Piper

Greg Sato

Paul Singer

Nainoa Thompson

Rick Towill

Sharon Twigg-Smith

Vik Watumull '70

Jodi Shin '83 Yamamoto

Patricia Halagao – Hui Representative – Ex-Officio

Kris Kobayashi – Hui Representative – Ex-Officio

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn –Ex-Officio