Hawaii public schools release schedule for Class of 2021 graduation celebrations

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii State Department of Education has announced the schedule for public high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.

Alternative ceremony formats will continue for another year and with limited guests to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

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“We are so proud of our Class of 2021 graduates for their scholarship, student leadership and resilience during this very difficult COVID-19 period,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said in a statement on Monday, May 3. “Our high schools across the islands have been working with graduates, parents and families to plan the best possible celebrations while adhering to social distancing requirements and other health and safety guidelines. We thank our school communities and partners who have been working to make these events truly special.”

Below is an overview of statewide commencement celebrations. This list will continue to be updated on the Department’s website as more details become available.

Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Kaimuki High
Principal: Jamie Dela Cruz

Participating Seniors: 140
May 22School auditoriumIn-person, single graduate at a time
McKinley High
Principal: Ron Okamura

Participating Seniors: 300
May 23School campusDrive-through diploma pickup
Roosevelt High
Principal: Sean Wong

Participating Seniors: 280
May 21School campusDrive-through diploma pickup
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue School
Principal: Christopher Yim

Participating Seniors: 23
May 22School campusDrive-in

Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Farrington High 
Principal: Alfredo Carganilla

Participating Seniors: 525
May 17Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.
Kaiser High
Principal: Justin Mew

Participating Seniors: 300
May 22Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.
Kalani High
Principal: Mitchell Otani

Participating Seniors: 300
May 25Hawaii Convention CenterIn-person; graduates and essential staff only inside Convention Center
Hawaii School for the Deaf & Blind
Principal: Kinau Gardner

Participating Seniors: 8
May 20School campusIn-person with limited guests and vehicles

Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Leilehua High
Principal: Jason Nakamoto

Participating Seniors: 375
May 21School stadium fieldIn-person with limited guests
Mililani High
Principal: Frederick Murphy

Participating Seniors: 600
May 16Aloha StadiumIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Waialua High & Inter.
Principal: Christine Alexander

Participating Seniors: 100
May 22School football fieldIn-person with limited guests

Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Aiea High
Principal: David Tanuvasa

Participating Seniors: 220
May 19Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.
Moanalua High
Principal: Robin Martin

Participating Seniors: 430
May 21Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.
Radford High
Principal: James Sunday

Participating Seniors: 260
May 21School gymnasiumIn-person with limited guests on staggered schedule

Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Pearl City High
Principal: Joseph Halfmann

Participating Seniors: 380
May 15Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.
Waipahu High
Principal: Keith Hayashi

Participating Seniors: 640
May 20Aloha StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.

Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Nānākuli High & Inter.
Principal: Darin Pilialoha

Participating Seniors: 155
May 29School campus
Drive-through diploma pickup
Waiʻanae High
Principal: Disa Hauge

Participating Seniors: 370
May 21


School campusIn-person, student-only, with drive-through diploma pick-up the following day

Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Campbell High
Principal: Jon Henry Lee

Participating Seniors: 650
May 22School campus

Drive-through diploma pickup
Kapolei High
Principal: Wesley Shinkawa

Participating Seniors: 480
May 21School stadiumIn-person, limited guests

Castle-Kahuku Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Castle High
Principal: Bernadette Tyrell

Participating Seniors: 408
May 22School campus (two ceremonies)In-person, limited guests, live-streaming
Kahuku High & Inter.
Principal: Donna Lindsey

Participating Seniors: 203
May 20School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with live stream, one vehicle per graduate

Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Kailua High
Principal: Stacey Oshio

Participating Seniors: 200
May 22School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with virtual ceremony
Kalāheo High
Principal: James Rippard 

Participating Seniors: 200
May 28School campusIn-person on staggered schedule
Olomana School
Principal: John Secreto 

Participating Seniors: 10
May 21School fieldIn-person with limited guests

Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pahoa Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary
Principal: Sharon Beck

Participating Seniors: 48
May 21School fieldIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Keaʻau High
Principal: Dean Cevallos

Participating Seniors: 269
May 21School stadiumIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Pahoa High & Inter.
Principal: Darlene Bee

Participating Seniors: 100
May 23School campusDrive-through diploma pickup

Hilo-Waiākea Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Hilo High
Principal: Jasmine Urasaki 

Participating Seniors: 265
May 21School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with virtual ceremony to follow, one vehicle per graduate
Waiākea High 
Principal: Kelcy Koga

Participating Seniors: 276
May 22School stadium (two ceremonies)
In-person with limited guests and vehicles

Honokaʻa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Honokaʻa High & Inter.
Principal: Rachelle Matsumura

Participating Seniors: 130
May 22School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with virtual ceremony
Ke Kula ʻO ʻEhunuikaimalino
Principal: Keli‘ikanoe Mahi

Participating Seniors: 9
May 21Konawaena High baseball fieldIn-person with limited guests, virtual ceremony
Kealakehe High
Principal: Glenn Gray

Participating Seniors: 300
May 28School football fieldIn-person with limited guests with vehicles
Kohala High
Principal: Amy Stafford

Participating Seniors: 55
May 22School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with live coverage
Konawaena High
Principal: Shawn Suzuki

Participating Seniors: 180
May 22School football fieldIn-person with limited guests with vehicles

Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Baldwin High
Principal: Keoni Wilhelm

Participating Seniors: 290
May 21War Memorial StadiumIn-person with virtual ceremony
Kekaulike High 
Principal: Amy Strand 

Participating Seniors: 220
May 20School stadiumIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Maui High 
Principal: Jamie Yap

Participating Seniors: 430
May 22War Memorial StadiumIn-person with graduates and essential staff only inside stadium; limited guests and vehicles outside.

Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Hāna High & Elementary
Principal: Christopher Sanita

Participating Seniors: 28
May 22School campusTo be announced
Lahainaluna High
Principal: Jeri Dean

Participating Seniors: 216
May 23School stadium

In-person, more details to be announced
Lāna‘i High & Elementary
Principal: Elton Kinoshita

Participating Seniors: 40
May 22Palawai Field
To be announced
Moloka‘i High 
Principal: Katina Soares

Participating Seniors: 66
May 22School football fieldTo be announced

Kapaʻa-Kauai-Waimea Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Kapaʻa High
Principal: Thomas “Tommy” John Cox

Participating Seniors: 240
May 21School campusDrive-in
Kaua‘i High
Principal: Marlene Leary

Participating Seniors: 290
May 21Vidinha StadiumIn-person with live stream
Waimea High
Principal: Mahina Anguay

Participating Seniors: 135
May 21School campusIn-person with limited guests and vehicles

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