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WAIPAHU CAMPUS

O‘AHU

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Thanks for stopping by. Please take a look around to see how we do school differently on the Waipahu campus. We are proud of our strong relationships and the many hands-on opportunities we offer our middle and high school students.
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STUDENTS
IN GRADES 6 -12 IN OUR BLENDED & pbHTA PROGRAMS

Just a few things that make Waipahu awesome

OUR TEACHERS
& STAFF

When our students graduate, the thing they say they will miss the most is our staff. Our teachers might cook you waffles, or grill some lunch. They join in on the games. They care, and they work hard to make a difference.

CAREER-BASED LEARNING

Our innovative Career-Based Learning program allows our high school students to gain skills and experience out in the community — while earning credit! Waipahu students are environmental stewards, media mavens, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more. 

CLUBS

After-school clubs are formed each year based on student interests. You might enjoy anything from crafts to astronomy, science olympiad, theatre, P.E., media, cooking, or student leadership.

THE HANDS-ON PROJECTS

Waipahu students design, build, test, and explore. They engineer and launch rockets carrying raw eggs. They simulate geological processes that melt rocks. They separate out DNA. They go into space to observe a comet. And, just saying, there's a lot of exploding that goes on in high school chemistry. We definitely learn by doing.

FIELD STUDIES

Middle school students enjoy field experiences at places such as Pu‘uokapolei, Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village, the Challenger Center, and Kualoa Ranch. High school students can be found exploring history at Pearl Harbor or the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

MAKERSPACE

Design! Create!
Our Makerspace is equipped with loads of tech that allows students to do hands-on making using elec-
tronics, 2D-to-3D software, textiles, laser cutting, or 3D printing.

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THE GOOD TIMES

From middle school activity nights to high school prom, we like to have fun. Waipahu student leadership, staff, and our awesome parent ‘ohana committee lay on the good times including movie nights, poetry slams, and game nights.

PLACE-BASED LEARNING

pbHTA

WAIPAHU GRADES 6-8
pbHTA has a separate enrollment and schedule from our regular blended program.

Place-based HTA is at the leading edge of our innovation as students dive deeper into learning out in the field. Students’ academic material is covered in class, but also as they tackle real-world problems while working at our community partner sites around the island.

What are our pbHTA students up to?

Mari’s Gardens

Hydroponics, aquaponics, composting, cultivation, and Hermione the pig!

Waiawa Kai

Native plant propagation, growing, harvesting, protecting native birds, invasive species control on Keiki O Ka ‘Āina site

Making Unleashed

What are you going to make today? Design engineering process, hands-on projects, crafting, building, power tools!

pbHTA media

Aaaand action! Video, photography, graphics, stop animation, editing.

Music

Songwriting, playing, performing.

DESIGN STUDIO

WAIPAHU GRADES 11 & 12

STEP AWAY FROM TEXTBOOKS

AND INTO THE DESIGN STUDIO

Our design studio is a creative, immersive program that harnesses new ways of teaching and learning to better equip graduates for the future. Students explore real-world topics in a hands-on studio environment, solving complex challenges using creative, critical thinking, and collaboration. The program is interdisciplinary and can be taken multiple times, including an advanced Capstone course and the option to graduate with NuVuX honors.

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present

explore

Students explore questions
that illuminate social issues and their place in the world.

design & experiment

They research themes and respond through the design process, which is rooted in experimentation, responding to feedback, and finding solutions.

create

Students create prototypes ranging
from 3D models to interactive installations to wearables. 

model

DRAW

REFLECT

PRINT

cut

STITCH

Waipahu campus news

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Waipahu seniors capped off their year with their Senior Showcase and the hallways were buzzing with their presentations and talents....

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SY 2024-25 weekly schedules

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Monday

Independent work

Student Support

Field Studies

Tuesday

Zoom classes

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Friday

On campus

pbHTA GRADE 6
Monday

Independent work

Student Support

Tuesday

Place-based learning

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Friday

On campus

pbHTA GRADES 7&8
Monday

On campus

Tuesday

Place-based learning

Independent work

8G virtual support

Wednesday

On campus — Waipahu

Thursday

On campus — ‘Ewa Beach

Friday

Place-based learning

Independent work

HIGH SCHOOL
Monday

Student Support

Field Studies

Tuesday

On campus

Wednesday

Zoom classes

Thursday

On campus

Friday

Virtual Support

Field Studies

Career-Based Learning

Waipahu staff

Aakash Shah-9
AAKASH SHAH • CAMPUS DIRECTOR • ashah@myhta.org

I have taught high school for more than 10 years. In that time, I have learned that if we offer students opportunities to showcase their abilities, they will continue to grow and develop. I originally hail from Chicago and earned my bachelor’s of applied science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then my master’s in education from Harvard University. I joined HTA in 2019 and have served both as a teacher and administrator on our Waipahu campus. When I’m not at school, I am a software entrepreneur, an Ultimate Disc Player, and a board member for animal welfare nonprofits.

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VIVIAN SHAW • HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR • vshaw@myhta.org

I’m an educator because kids are our future! What more important task than educating them to lead our ever-changing world? I grew up in Austin, Texas, and earned my degrees at Harvard University — first a bachelor’s in sociology and then my master’s in education. I worked as a physics and calculus teacher and as a college and career counselor before joining HTA’s administration in 2022. I love HTA’s spirit of excellence. I also play a lot of tennis!

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CARRIE ARCHIBALD • MIDDLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR • carchibald@myhta.org

I joined the education field, specifically in math, because I felt I could simplify the concepts and remove the fear of math for learners. In my career, I’ve learned that students have many other fears, but when they have the support of adults at home and in school, those fears can be simplified and solved. I grew up in ‘Aiea and earned my bachelor’s in secondary education at UH-Mānoa. After working at Campbell High School, I joined HTA in 2021. In addition to teaching, I have been a math intervention specialist, and a SBA and MAP testing coordinator. When I’m not working I love to spend time with my husband and adult son, playing tourist and soaking up the sun.

Marissa Valido

Office Manager

Makana Jarman

Attendance Clerk

Sara Andrin

Head Health Aide/Office Assistant

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Leah Cooper

English Language Arts

Maya Terhune

English Language Arts

Justin Alderete

Math

Amy Sun-Miyashiro

Math

Jacquelyn Downing

Math/Science

Scott Goodwin

Science

Marc LaChance

Science

Jackie Jarrell

Humanities

Chantelle Oliveira

Social Studies

Ashley Trotter

Social Studies

Krysten Irion

Special Education

Frank Kimitch

Special Education

Olivia Harkins-Pignolet

Grade 6 Social Worker

Mollie Norcross

Grade 7&8 Social Worker

pbHTA PROGRAM

Elissa Minamishin

Science

Makana Kuahiwinui

pbHTA teacher

Sharon Schleigh

STEM

Olivia Harkins-Pignolet

Social Worker

HIGH SCHOOL

Andrew Berlin

English Language Arts

Alana Freitas

English Language Arts

Jack Glasser

English Language Arts

Brian Weida

Math

Chantelle Bjorn

Math

Sean Salter

Math

Michael Nakashima

Math

Mark Buelow

Science

Jeff Gasda

Science

David Heldt

Science

Kellie Fong

Science

Laura Boles

Humanities

Shiloh Francis

Social Studies

Jessica dos Santos

Social Studies

Amy Boehning

Social Studies

Mariah Tuttle

NuVuX

Deborah Morita

Media

Kanani Monette

Art

Laura Davis

World Language

Ed Delamarter

P.E./Health

Micah Pignolet

Special Education

Daniel Inglis

Special Education

Ryan Keogh

Special Education

Lynette Atuaia

Counselor Grades 9&10

Gerika Kaopua

Counselor Grades 11&12

Lokelani Cummings-Watanabe

College & Career Counselor

Andrew Marchetto-Ryan

CBL Coordinator

SUPPORT STAFF

Sue Ah Sam

Education Assistant

April Jarra

Education Assistant

Jess Kawachi

Education Assistant

Keone “Mo” Morreira

Education Assistant

Interested in working with us?

Navigate to HTA Waipahu

94-450 Mokuola Street

Suite 200

Waipahu HI 96797

808-676-5444 option 4

info@myhta.org

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