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 is a K-2 counselor, a grades 3-4 counselor, a grades 4-6 counselor, and a counselor for each grade level in grades 7-12. Two support counselors are also available for students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. There are four college counselors who advise students in grades 9-12. The student/counselor ratio in grades K-6 is 216 students per counselor, in grades 7-8 is 135 students per counselor and grades 9-12 is 121 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-2

Mrs. Deanne Kanekuni
Grade 3-4

Mrs. Jamie Shoma-Loo
Grades 5-6

Ms. Lara Feldhaus
Grade 7 -- Class of 2026

Mr. Pat Tom
Grade 8 -- Class of 2025

Mrs. Kory Kado-Fukuda
Grade 9 -- Class of 2024

Mr. Jason Hew
Grades 7-9 Support

Ms. Alyson Nakagawa
Grade 10 -- Class of 2023

Mrs. Vicki Higashihara
Grade 11 -- Class of 2022

Mrs. Kelly Asato
Grade 12 -- Class of 2021

Mrs. Hera Lee
Grades 10-12 Support


College Counselors:

Mr. Todd Fleming
Director of College Counseling

Mrs. Leilani Arita-Takayama
Associate Director of College Counseling

Ms. Berta Liao
Associate Director of College Counseling

Ms. Kori Shlachter
Associate Director of College Counseling

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