Bingo Night

Our annual Bingo Night as been such a HUGE SUCCESS with the thanks from our AWESOME staff, families, and community. This night is a time where we all get together as one big ohana (family) and relax, socialize, win prizes, and HAVE FUN!!! Hope to see you at our next Bingo Night!

Book Fair

A love of reading is the greatest educational gift you can give your children! Each year, Helemano School holds a Scholastic Book Fair. This Book Fair is a great way for parents to give this special gift of reading to their children! During the school day, students visit the book fair with their classmates to preview the wonderful selection of picture books, chapter books, informational books, journals, educational Klutz activity books, computer games, and more! Children generate a "wish list" listing things they find interesting at the fair. Parents approve which books to purchase and send the money and list back to school. Or, better yet, we encourage parents to visit the fair with their children and personally make their book selections together. Helemano School books fairs are just one of many ways we promote the love of reading!

Box Tops for Education

Helemano School has been participating in the Box Tops for Education Program since 2002. This school year we earned $2499.00 by collecting the little pink coupons from hundreds of participating products. We hope to be the #1 school in the State of Hawaii for our collection efforts this year! Our Box Tops Program in on-going and students can win fun prizes just by bringing the logos to Helemano School. General Mills pays us 10 cents for each pink coupon we send to them and money is used to stock our School Store, "The Hornet's Nest" and to buy supplies for our PE Program. More information about the Box Tops Program can be found at

Cross Country

Our Helemano Cross Country Team participates in the Hale Kula Cross Country Invitational held at Hale Kula Elementary School annually. This year, our team consisted of 42 students, and they ran the 0.7 mile course with enthusiasm and determination. Leading up to the Invitational, our team had two afterschool practices with the Leilehua High School Cross Country Team, which our students enjoyed tremendously. Needless to say, we're looking forward to next year!

Fun Run

The annual Fun Run has been one of Helemano School’s top fundraising events for the past 14 years. In conjunction with the school’s physical fitness program, students of all ages and fitness levels run/walk a 440-yard course over a 20-minute time period. This community event brings together families, businesses and military partners to support students and celebrate a healthy, active lifestyle! The proceeds from the Fun Run help to continue PTO programs such as student bus fares, special events and assemblies, offset the cost of school uniforms, PTO/parent activities, technology/computers, Hornet’s Nest supplies, and much more!

Hornet's Nest School Store

One of the most important things children learn in school is to develop a love of learning. When students make appropriate behavioral decisions or improve academically, we would like to reinforce those actions. During the past 12 years, Helemano School has established a school store in order to reward our students for good school behaviors like coming to school on time, completing all classwork and homework assignments, and working cooperatively with others. The store is open to our students on Wednesdays (Gr. 2-3, Kindergarten-alternating weeks) and Fridays (Gr. 1, 4-5) for shopping with their Helemano Bucks that are earned daily. Students in grades 3-5 may apply to work at the store on a monthly basis. These employees are then offered a 50% off employee discount day at the end of the year. Our store is supported through the Box Tops for Education Program, PTO grants, and generous community donations. Hopefully, this program will motivate our students to be successful in school!


The Junior Police Officer or JPO program is a voluntary extracurricular activity sponsored by the Honolulu Police Department. It is a school and community service which requires a before and after school commitment. The function of the JPO is to assist Helemano students to safely cross streets near the school and keep students safe on campus. Helemano’s JPO program consists of current 4th and 5th graders, ages 9 – 11.

The objectives of the program are to provide JPO members the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge and skills in pedestrian safety and practices, to encourage leadership, responsibility and character and promote teamwork.

Helemano 3rd and 4th grade students may apply to be a JPO for the upcoming school year during sign-ups in April. Notices will be posted with the exact dates of the sign-ups. Each applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Be able to work before and after school. Mornings 7:10 am – 8:00 am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2:00 pm – 2:40 and Wednesday 12:20 – 1:00.

2. Wear covered shoes. Preferably tennis shoes or sneakers. No heels or slippers allowed for safety reasons.

3. Maintain classwork and homework.

4. Obey and support all JPO and school rules.

Please call the JPO Advisors, Ms. Pat Castellano or Ms. Noelani Souza at 622-6336 for more information or questions.

Student Council

A Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with the school, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects and school reform. Many members learn skills that were an extension of their formal education.

The Student Council Leadership is comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer who are all 5th graders. Each class from grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th elect two representatives who attend monthly meetings. The representatives share concerns from their classrooms as well as report back the meeting’s minutes.

An election is held in September for a new Student Council Leadership for the current school year.

Super Hornet

Along with academics, character is an important part of the curriculum at Helemano. The school focuses on the theme of "Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other and Take Care of Our School". This theme encompasses all school behavior expectations. The Super Hornet student chosen from each classroom has demonstrated he/she understands, embraces and practices the "Take Care" theme. The Super Hornet is given an award at an assembly along with a Super Hornet pin and provided refreshments. Parents are invited to attend the assembly to recognize and support their child’s accomplishments.

HeleBots (After school robotics program for 5th graders)