‘Iolani ‘Ohana (Parent Organization)

The ‘Iolani ‘Ohana, a parent organization, offers opportunities for ‘Iolani parents to be informed and involved in their student's education by providing programs and activities that foster relationships and promote continued interaction within the ‘Iolani community.

‘Iolani is a Hawaiian word which means "heavenly hawk." ‘Io is a Hawaiian Hawk that is a highly regarded figure in Hawaiian legend and culture.

Today, the ‘io live on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii.

The ‘Iolani ‘Ohana logo depicts two ‘io. The parent ‘io is depicted in black with wings spread to embrace and guides its fledgling shadowed in white. The parent-child-teacher relationship is represented by the three-layered wingspan. Working together to nurture this is our ‘Ohana.


New Parents Welcome Reception

  • A welcome reception for parents with students who are new to ‘Iolani prior to the start of each school year.

College Life After ‘Iolani

  • A unique event that provides an opportunity for ‘Iolani seniors and their parents to receive first-hand information about the transition to college life from a panel for recent ‘Iolani graduates and former and/or current parents.


President: Shellie Usami
President Elect: TBA
Immediate Past President: Lauren Dawson
Treasurer: Melanie Mizumoto
Secretaries: Elisabeth Iwata & Cyd Shizuru


Technology Support: Nan Ketpura-Ching
Special Events: Kim Iinuma & Carla Stroh-Palalay
Lower and Upper School Open House: Jane Nishiguchi
Grandparent Relations: Christy Nishita
College Life After 'Iolani: TBA


Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Head of School
Dr. Karen Neitzel, Associate Head of School
Dr. Aster Chin, Dean of Upper School
Mrs. Linda B. Look, Dean of Lower School
Mrs. Kim Gennaula, Executive Director of Advancement
Mr. John Tamanaha, Director of Interactive Media
Mrs. Toby Morioka, ‘Iolani ‘Ohana Liaison


(808) 943-2322


Generally there are two to three ‘Ohana Representatives for each class. These volunteer representatives assist with class events, coordinate programs, and share ideas that are meaningful to the ‘Iolani community. The representatives willingly share their talents, time and efforts to ensure that ‘Iolani parents stay informed and involved in their child’s school experience.

Class of 2030 (Kindergarten)
Cindy Ching, Bryan Lee, Cathy Oberholzer

Class of 2029 (First Grade)
Brett Mau, Michele Takahashi

Class of 2028 (Second Grade)
Jennifer Omoto, Laura Shimizu

Class of 2027 (Third Grade)
Cicely Aoki, Ruthie Nishikawa

Class of 2026 (Fourth Grade)
Colleen Teramae, Cheryl Yamamoto

Class of 2025 (Fifth Grade)
Jennifer Camp, Joanna Victorino

Class of 2024 (Sixth Grade)
Diane Agor, Liane Nomura-Siu

Class of 2023 (Seventh Grade)
Lisa Furuta, Lesli Lawton

Class of 2022 (Eighth Grade)
Kimberly Ahn, Lisa-Anne Tsuruda

Class of 2021 (Freshman)
Mahealani Alvarez, Kristi Kai

Class of 2020 (Sophomore)
Tala Ale Kadoguchi, Heidi Kamana

Class of 2019 (Junior)
Renee Kondo, Gianna Masca

Class of 2018 (Senior)
Sheri Arima, Sheri Kobata, Joline O’Leary,
Coleen Tanaka