Palisades Elementary, “We are all in this together…One Palisades Ohana”

There are so many special qualities that thrive at the ten Pearl City District Complex Schools. From elementary schools, intermediate, and high school, each campus is unique in its school culture and traditions as well as campus environment in and out of the classroom.

My recent visit to Palisades Elementary School was a testament to the success that a nurturing and safe campus environment builds and perpetuates positive attitudes, an enhanced level of learning, pride and respect for one another, and fun and memorable experiences.

With the support from State Senator Clarence Nishihara and State Representative Gregg Takayama, Pearl City legislators secured funding for the brand new, recently opened parking lot that will serve the growing enrollment numbers and needs of the school with regard to available on campus parking.

Senator Nishihara and Representative Takayama were also instrumental in the school receiving state funding to construct a new multi-purpose facility that will begin construction later in the year above the new parking lot. The multi-purpose facility will overlook nearby Palisades Community Park and serve the many school activities and events that bond the Palisades ohana community throughout the school year.

Principal Gavin Tsue

“From 2014 school began to grow in student numbers from 380 up to 475 at one point.  School has held events building community within students, staff, families, and Palisades community with huge turnouts at Fall Carnival, Halloween Extravaganza, STEM night, Haunted House, Bingo, Winter Festival, Movie on the Lawn nights, Sports Day, and monthly PTO meetings,  Our motto: "We are all in this together…One Palisades Ohana."

Mahalo to Principal Tsue and Vice-Principal Jan Kanaeholo who gave me a tour of the new school parking lot and school campus that is beautiful and tropical with well-maintained landscaping that is welcoming as you enter the campus grounds.

A wonderful variety of native Hawaiian plants and trees stand proudly on the property while gracing and embracing our Hawaiian culture .I was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed time spent amongst the healthy and beautiful Koa and Ohia trees that are flourishing in the cool, fresh air breezing in from the Koolau Mountains. A fitting setting and backdrop that truly compliments Palisades Elementary School’s commitment to learning and motto of "We are all in this together…One Palisades Ohana" that serves to build the foundation and legacy for student’s success while excelling in their education and life beyond their time spent at the school.

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Pictured: Palisades Elementary School Principal Gavin Tsue and Vice-Principal

Jan Kanaeholo near the school’s new parking lot and future site of a multi-purpose

facility that will overlook Palisades Community Park.

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Pictured: View of Palisades Elementary School new parking lot.

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Pictured: Tall native Hawaiian Koa tree thrives as it

grows on the Palisades Elementary School campus.

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A beautiful Ohia Lehua flower blossoms in the Palisades Elementary campus sunlight.

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Palisades Elementary is one of several Pearl City Complex Schools whose students participate

in learning the importance of sustainability in their outdoor aquaponics science labs.

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