Online Education

Latest Update: Friday April 3, 2020

Aloha Hanalani Ohana,
We hope that you are settling in to the COVID19 measures as best as possible.  Simply said, Spring Break was the most different that I can ever recall.  At the Sugimoto home, our yard looks the best, ever, and our vehicles have a coat of wax, which have not been the case for a couple of years.  We hope that your children and you had a relaxing spring break.
Online education has begun, and I thank the administrators and the faculty for an incredible job preparing.  Our desire is to bring normalcy and a routine as possible.  This morning I “zoomed” with the Royal Engineering and Design students.  I missed them a lot and was wonderful to reconnect.
Over the past couple of weeks several parents emailed questions that we hope is helpful to address. We have created a Frequently Asked Questions section below that we will continually update. The topics include:
  • Online Education.
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • COVID-19 Assistance
  • Royal Merit Scholarship Awards
  • Ancillary Fees
  • Lunch Coupons
  • Summer Program 
Lastly, we wanted to end this week’s email on an encouraging note. Our Upper School principal Mr. David and teachers put together a welcome video shared on the first day of online education. We miss seeing our students and will continue to pray for all of you even as learning continues at a distance.
Take Care and God Bless,

Mark Y. Sugimoto
Head of School

List of 2 items.

  • Lower School: Online Education Update

    A letter from Lower School Principal: Mrs. Bonnie Lee:

    I pray you all are well and staying safe. What a blessing it has been to have some sunshine over the past few days! Our family has taken the opportunity to take family walks (keeping social distancing, of course). Our prayers continue for our medical professionals and other first responders who are on the front lines helping to battle this pandemic.
    Teachers are excited to begin online education this Thursday, April 2, through the end of the month. As you may anticipate, Hanalani’s online education might be extended.

    Teachers have been collaborating on best practices, ideas, and resources to provide the highest quality distance-learning experiences for your children. We appreciate your partnership, patience and open communication. Today you will receive emails from your child’s teacher providing important information and specifying ways to help your child prepare for distance learning.

    The COVID19 measures have significantly disrupted our lives. The shelter in place mandate is critical for our medical and government leaders to gain the upper hand. Anxiety from the unknown and disruptions can negatively affect our children.

    One important action you can take on the home front, is to establish daily routines and new schedules. I wanted to share some advice from our school’s trusted medical advisor, Dr. Theresa Wee, on setting up routines. I’ve added a few items to the tips that Dr. Wee shared in a March 27 Facebook post:

    1. Keep wake-up times and routines regular and cheerful.
    2. Make sure everyone eats breakfast, even if they’re not hungry.
    3. Review the day’s schoolwork, chores, goals, and other activities.
    4. At 8:00 am, go to your child’s digital classroom to see the teacher’s morning greeting and review the day’s assignments. (from Mrs. Lee)
    5. Schedule time to do more challenging assignments and to have 1-2 breaks without devices. (from Mrs. Lee)
    1. If possible, have lunch together and make sure all the essential “to do’s” have been accomplished.
    2. Younger children should have their naps and others have quiet (or study) time.
    3. Schedule time to do more school assignments as needed. (from Mrs. Lee)
    4. Plan a family activity outdoors or a family house project.
    1. Get the family together to prepare for the all-important dinner meal.
    2. Sit down together and eat without the television or iPhones (devices).
    3. Enjoy pleasant family conversations.
    4. Double check that assignments for the day have been submitted. (from Mrs. Lee)
    5. Take time for family togetherness like board games, card games, puzzles, reading aloud.
    1. Stick to a regular bedtime.
    2. Parents need to set aside time for themselves.
    Thank you for helping your child prepare to be successful with distance learning! Please look for emails from your child’s teacher for action items to get ready for distance learning.

    If you have any questions about distance learning, your child’s teacher is the best person to contact. If you have other questions, our divisional secretaries are responding to emails and receiving/returning phone calls from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm:

    • Early Childhood Office: Susanne Martin - 808-625-0737 x450

    • Elementary Office: Tina Pardine - 808-625-0737 x451

    May you and your ohana have comfort and peace in knowing God is in control over all that we face.


    Lower School Principal
  • Upper School: Online Education Update

    A letter from the Upper School Principal: Mr. Michael David:

    Aloha Upper School Ohana,
    We do sincerely miss our students, the blessing of their voices, and learning experiences we share daily. We trust their extended break has been rich with family bonding as well as keeping safe and healthy. In the midst of these uncertain times, there is a hazard of information overload. I trust that you are finding the calm and peace that Jesus and His Word  can supply even now. We are praying for you as well and want to let you know to reach out should you need assistance.
    As a faculty we are busy learning, creating, and trying out new and existing learning opportunities for the students to
    return to a virtual platform on Thursday, April 2. We understand the importance of establishing a routine that is necessary for optimal learning and emotional well-being.

    The schedule linked below is intended to give you and your child just that. As  your family plans ahead for that time, I wanted to make sure you are aware of some important information below.


    Student Attendance 
    Students are expected to complete assignments as required by their instructor. If a student needs to be absent, and therefore requires an extension to their assignment due date, the parent/guardian should email  
    Course Credit in a Virtual Learning Environment 
    Virtual learning has been used across the globe for years and is an effective way to learn the course material. The key to gaining credit for a course lies in completing the standards set out for that course whether or not you are in a physical classroom. This is true for all classes including Elective, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Although this learning platform looks and feels different, all of our students who complete these courses are assessed and will receive a final grade and credit.   
    Parents/Students Tech Setup 
    We are adding resources/information to My School App daily. In preparation for virtual learning starting on Thursday,
    April 2, please do the following :
    1. Make sure your device is up to date.
    2. Confirm that you can log in to your Hanalani Google Drive account.
    3. Confirm that you can log in to your My School App account.
    4. Confirm that you can log in to your Hanalani Email account.
    If you cannot log in to any of these accounts, you can email to assist with getting access to the account that you need.
    Free Broadband from Spectrum
    Just another reminder that Spectrum is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, level up to 100 Mbps. Additionally, Spectrum also plans to open its Wi-Fi hotspots, refrain from terminating service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus, and will waive late fees in an effort to mitigate some of the virus's impact. Those wanting to sign up for the free broadband service can call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    As always, thank you for your continued support of your child and our school.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your student's respective dean or one of the high school administrators.
    E launa mai ma ka Hanalani,
    Michael David
    Upper School Principal 


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