P.O. Box 260 

Kualapu‛u, Hawaii, 96757

Tel: (808) 567-6900
Fax: (808) 567-6906


Email: Lydia_Trinidad@notes.k12.hi.us


Principal:                   Lydia Trinidad


Vice Principal:          Katina Soares


As a result of all of these changes and despite an ever competitive educational environment, the school community, where 90% of students are of Hawaiian ancestry and 86% qualify for free-reduced lunch status, has continued to remain supportive of the school and its initiatives.  Kualapu'u School's mission of providing a strong foundation for learning has truly been solidified in the growth of programs at Kualapu'u so that "with proper nurturing our keiki will be able to discover and grow, develop skills and confidence, and, like the 'uala, withstand adversity and thrive in an ever-changing world.”

Kualapu‛u School

Learn more about giving to Kualapuʻu School. through

Annual Giving and the

Kualapu'u Endowment Fund

Kualapu'u School is an elementary school that serves students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.  The school is 50 years old and has served many generations of families from the central Moloka'i area.


The school has experienced many significant changes in its history such as the school being redistricted to accept more students, the first school to become a "year-round" school, becoming the home to the Hawaiian Language Immersion program, converting from a traditional DOE school to a conversion charter school, opening a four-year old pre-kindergarten program, and most recently, expanding to a longer school day with enrichment activities.  

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Lydia Trinidad


The School

  • Location:  Kualapu'u, Moloka'i

  • Grades taught:  Pre-Kindergarten to 6th

  • Enrollment:  325 students

  • Teachers and staff members:  62

  • Year converted to HC charter school:  2004

  • Areas served: Kualapu‛u, Kalae, Manila Camp, Kalama'ula and Ho'olehua Homesteads

  • Area students served:  32% of all Moloka'i Complex students

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges


The Students

  • 92% of students are Native Hawaiian

  • 86% of students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch (Title I)

  • 6% of students receive special education (SpEd) services

  • 5% of students are English language learners (ELLs)


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


  1.  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.