Principal’s Message

Aloha HSDB ‘Ohana –

Our third quarter has been an exciting one – full of many powerful learning opportunities and fun student activities.  As we head into Spring Break, I’d like to share some of the highlights of the past quarter and some of the things we can look forward to in the months ahead.  After a lengthy collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies, our website is now fully accessible. Special thanks to our technology coordinator Joshua Smith for his diligence in seeing this project through to completion.  Please bookmark our website (, and visit it often for updates on school information. 

In February, HSDB hosted the Western Regional Academic Bowl, which is a Gallaudet University Youth Program.  Teacher Brien Nakamoto served as a co-host coordinator for this massive event, and he did a wonderful job! Many of our staff members also served as volunteers over the weekend as it takes MANY hands to pull off a successful event of this scale. I was very proud of our student team – Raeann Bumanlag, Brandon Chung, Markus Thompson, and Wendell Tagura.  The competition is very intense and they represented our school so well, showing great poise under pressure, sportsmanship, and aloha for their opponents.  Special mahalo to our team coaches Olivia Malcolm and Darlene Ewan.

The end of the school year brings big transitions and the biggest school transition is graduation!  This year we have ten students who will participate in graduation, and our graduation committee is busy planning for this important day.  This year, graduation will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 5:30 PM. Our seniors are fundraising for the various costs associated with senior activities, so please support their efforts if you can. 

Our school is guided by its academic plan, and our staff is currently in the midst of finalizing our plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please look for our final plan on our website at the end of May.  In prior years, schools developed multi-year plans, however, this year we were asked to create a one-year plan in anticipation of the adoption of the 2030 Promise Plan, an ambitious 10-year plan that incorporates five powerful themes: Hawaii, Equity, School Design, Empowerment and Innovation.  Please check it out to read about what’s ahead for our department.

The principal position has been advertised and a permanent replacement will be found soon.  In the meantime, I remain committed to this school and its children.  I love being here and appreciate everyone’s patience and support.  Have a wonderful Spring Break.


         Me ka ha‘a ha‘a,


         Kinau Gardner