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The Counseling Department promotes student success by supporting and maximizing academic achievement and by fostering personal and social development.

Counselors at ‘Iolani School help students understand themselves and the challenges they face. Further concerns may be addressed by the Director of Social and Emotional Health.

There are four counselors in the Lower School (K-6) and a counselor for each grade level in grades 7-12. Two support counselors are also available for day students (grades 7-12) and boarding students (grades 9-12). There are five college counselors who advise students in grades 9-12. The student/counselor ratio in grades K-6 is 225 students per counselor, in grades 7-8 is 137 students per counselor and grades 9-12 is 90 students per counselor.

The counselors meet individually with all students in their grade level during their first year together. New students and students with academic, personal, or developmental concerns receive additional attention.

Counselors work closely with each other, parents, the faculty and the administration to ensure that special concerns are handled appropriately and consistently.

‘Iolani offers a Guidance program for all students. In grades K-6 all students have guidance lessons throughout the year. All seventh graders take a nine-week Guidance course that covers self-esteem, friendships, assertiveness, the changes of adolescence, and etiquette. Counselors teach lessons on course planning, GPA and the American Education System, during 9th grade Advisory sessions, as well as preparation for course registration. The college counselors also meet during Advisory to introduce college counseling and the college admissions process.

In August, new students come to ‘Iolani to meet school personnel and other new students and to tour the campus. Counselors meet with small groups of new students in September to answer questions about academic and extracurricular activities.

Counselors (list order by grade level):

Mrs. Emilyann Shupe
Grades K-1

Mrs. Deanne Kanekuni
Grades 2-3

Ms. Danielle Malone
Grades 4,6 (AFK)

Mrs. Jamie Shoma-Loo
Grades 5,6 (DWY)

Mr. Patrick Tom
Grade 7 - Class of 2029

Ms. Lara Feldhaus
Grade 8 - Class of 2028

Mr. Andrew Higa
Grade 9 (A-L) - Class of 2027

Ms. Suzy Park
Grade 9 (M-Z) - Class of 2027

Mrs. Ashley Kaonohi
Grade 10 (A-L) - Class of 2026

Mr. Cullen Arroyo
Grade 10 (M-Z) - Class of 2026

Mr. Jason Hew
Grade 11 - Class of 2025

Mrs. Kory Kado-Fukuda
Grade 12 - Class of 2024

Mrs. Alyson Nakagawa
Grades 7-12 Support (day students)

Mrs. Hera Lee
Residential Life Academic Counselor (boarding students)

Mrs. Kelly Asato
Director of Counseling

Dr. Lei Ahina-Dawson
Director of Social and Emotional Health

Dr. Shantha McKinlay
Residential Life Wellness Counselor (boarding students)

Ms. Kim Hayashi
Counseling Operations Coordinator

College Counselors:

Piyada Nonzee
Executive Director of College Counseling

Todd Fleming
Director of College Counseling Operations

Leilani Arita-Takayama
Associate Director of College Counseling

Scott Kominkiewicz
Associate Director of College Counseling

Berta Liao
Associate Director of College Counseling

Kori Shlachter
Associate Director of College Counseling

Carol Tsukamoto
College Counseling Assistant

Sue Lee
College Counseling Secretary