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84 Hawaii Public Schools to be Awarded for Wellness

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is announcing a record number of Hawaii public schools that will be receiving “Excellence in Wellness” awards this spring.

Since 2013, public schools have received the award based on their outstanding implementation of the Department of Education’s Wellness Guidelines. The Guidelines are a set of standards for foods and beverages provided to students that include goals for school-based wellness committees, health and physical education, and other practices that support student health.

Click to view the report

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According to the annual Safety and Wellness Survey (SAWS), a total of 84 Hawaii public elementary, middle, and high schools met over 90 percent of the Wellness Guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year, up from 45 schools in 2013-2014.

“Excellence in Wellness” banners will be presented to school principals during annual fitness meets and at recognition events statewide. The awards are co-sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Health and Action for Healthy Kids.

“The increase in support for wellness in our schools is notable and we hope that this momentum will continue” said Director of Health Virginia Pressler, M.D. “This data demonstrates the successful partnership we have with the DOE to strengthen implementation and monitor the Wellness Guidelines as we move forward.”

The Hawaii Departments of Education and Health jointly administer the SAWS annually to track implementation of the Guidelines. Results indicate a consistently high level of achievement with survey respondents meeting an average of 82 percent of the DOE Wellness Guidelines in 2014-2015.

Highlights from the 2014-2015 SAWS include:

  • All school meals (100 percent) continue to meet or exceed federal nutrient standards;
  • Health and Physical Education classes align with the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III at 94 percent and 97 percent of schools, respectively;
  • Students have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, during which they are encouraged to be physically active at 84 percent of schools.

“Healthy habits not only result in a student’s physical wellness but also contribute to a successful pathway in college and career readiness,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Implementing wellness practices is an important element to ensuring that students are prepared for life after high school. Congratulations to all the schools that have made this a priority.”

The Wellness Guidelines, SAWS, and public reporting of SAWS data fulfills requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (2004) and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (2010).

The Safety and Wellness Survey Data Report for School Year 2014-15 is available at: http://bit.ly/1QeM3HY.

More information about the Wellness Guidelines, visit: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/home.aspx

Schools Achieving Excellence in Wellnessin School Year 2014-2015(SAWS score of 90 percent or higher):

  • Ahuimanu Elementary
  • Kamalii Elementary
  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Aiea High
  • Kaneohe Elementary
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate
  • Aiea Intermediate
  • Kanoelani Elementary
  • Noelani Elementary
  • Aina Haina Elementary
  • Kapolei Elementary
  • Olomana
  • Ala Wai Elementary
  • Kapunahala Elementary
  • Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate
  • Aliiolani Elementary
  • Keaau High
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate
  • August Ahrens Elementary
  • King Intermediate
  • Palisades Elementary
  • Castle High
  • Kipapa Elementary
  • Pearl City Elementary
  • de Silva Elementary
  • Kohala High
  • Pearl Harbor Elementary
  • Hahaione Elementary
  • Koloa Elementary
  • Pope Elementary
  • Hana High and Elementary
  • Kuhio Elementary
  • Pu’u Kukui Elementary
  • Hauula Elementary
  • Laie Elementary
  • Red Hill Elementary
  • Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Lehua Elementary
  • Salt Lake Elementary
  • Heeia Elementary
  • Liholiho Elementary
  • Scott Elementary
  • Helemano Elementary
  • Lokelani Intermediate
  • Solomon Elementary
  • Highlands Intermediate
  • Lunalilo Elementary
  • Sunset Beach Elementary
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Maemae Elementary
  • Waialua Elementary
  • Honaunau Elementary
  • Makaha Elementary
  • Waianae Elementary
  • Iliahi Elementary
  • Makakilo Elementary
  • Waimea Canyon Middle
  • Kaaawa Elementary
  • Maunawili Elementary
  • Waipahu Intermediate
  • Kaahumanu Elementary
  • Mililani Ike Elementary
  • Webling Elementary
  • Kaala Elementary
  • Mililani Mauka Elementary
  • William McKinley High
  • Kahala Elementary
  • Mililani Uka Elementary
  • Wilson Elementary
  • Kahuku Elementary
  • Moanalua Middle
  • Waianae High
  • Kailua Elementary
  • Mokapu Elementary
  • Waikele Elementary
  • Kailua Intermediate
  • Molokai High
  • Waikiki Elementary
  • Kaimiloa Elementary
  • Momilani Elementary
  • Waikoloa School
  • Kalihi-uka Elementary
  • Nanaikapono Elementary
  • Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate


Hawaii Drought Monitor – El Nino Continues

The National Weather Service is projecting a 90% chance that the current El Nino will continue through the winter and an 80% chance of El Nino continuing through Spring 2016.

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El Nino events are often accompanied by significant lower than normal rainfall during the winter months.  Although reservoir levels are currently high, a prolonged dry spell can quickly bring the levels down.  Therefore, the Department of Agriculture strongly suggests that all irrigation system customers review your plans for plantings this winter and next spring, keeping in mind that irrigation water service may be affected by the projected effects of the El Nino should conservation measures be implemented.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Glenn Okamoto, Infrastructure Manager at (808) 973-9436 or Randy Teruya, Agricultural Asset Manager at (808) 973-9478.


CURRENT WATER LEVEL as of:  1/22/2016:  8.0 feet (1.0 MG)


CURRENT WATER LEVEL as of:  1/22/2016:  21.0 feet (10.0 MG)

County and state water purveyors issue drought notices and information statements to alert citizens on drought conditions affecting them. These notices may ask customers to conserve water or inform them of water restrictions.

County of Kauai

County of Kauai Department of Water

City & County of Honolulu

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Waimanalo Irrigation System: no restrictions

County of Maui

Maui Department of Water Supply

Upper Kula Water Change Due to Drought Conditions, September 5, 2013

Upcountry Water Report

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Molokai Irrigation System: 10% mandatory non-homestead water conservation

County of Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Water Supply

Drought Information Update

Water Conservation and Restriction Notices Page

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Lower Hamakua Irrigation System: no resctrictions

Waimea Irrigation System: Mandatory 10% Conservation