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The ‘Iolani ‘Ohana is the official parent organization of ‘Iolani School and all parents/guardians are welcome as members.

We seek to instill a sense of inclusion and belonging for all parents and families as we build a vibrant and supportive community through social activities and programs.

Being a part of the ‘Iolani ‘Ohana is a wonderful opportunity to get actively involved in our community. It’s also a great way to develop lasting relationships with the families in your child’s grade, while providing an important service to the school.


New Parents Welcome Reception: All parents of new incoming students to ‘Iolani School are invited to a welcome reception on campus that takes place at 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: Carla Stroh-Palalay
President Elect: TBD
Immediate Past President: Shellie Usami
Treasurer: Wendy Suetsugu
Secretaries: Ethel Chun and Yang Shin


Technology Support: Nan Ketpura-Ching
Special Events: Carla Stroh-Palalay
Open Houses: Judy Nako
Grandparent Relations: Christy Nishita
College Life After ‘Iolani: Erica Kaneshiro and Shellie Usami


Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Head of School
Dr. Aster Chin, Dean of Upper School
Mrs. Melanie Pfingsten, Dean of Lower School
Mrs. Natalie Hansen, Assistant Dean of Lower School
Mrs. Kim Gennaula, Executive Director of Advancement
Mrs. Toby Morioka, ‘Iolani ‘Ohana Liaison

(808) 943-2322

Please consider sharing your time and talents by volunteering with the ‘Iolani ‘Ohana. To learn more about becoming a member of ‘Ohana or other parent volunteer opportunities, please contact the ‘Ohana Liaison at


The ‘Iolani ‘Ohana class representatives oversee the planning of parent and family events and coordination of parent involvement in social activities and programs. They assist with mission of the ‘Iolani ‘Ohana and serve as liaisons between the administration and parent community regarding school initiatives and projects. 

Class of 2034 (Kindergarten)
Kara Cachola, Andrew Chen and Lisa Oshiro-Tamura

Class of 2033 (Grade 1)
Rochelle Dela Cruz, Keith Emerson and Sara Yamamoto

Class of 2032 (Grade 2)
Rhiana Lau and Sei Lee

Class of 2031 (Grade 3)
Dianne Arakaki, Honey Maltin-Wisot and Shannon Stoddard

Class of 2030 (Grade 4)
Jenni Imai-Lau and Maria Penn

Class of 2029 (Grade 5)
Katra Cuskaden and Jeri Nihei

Class of 2028 (Grade 6)
Melanie Mizumoto and Lihn Owen

Class of 2027 (Grade 7)
Christopher Chun and Rhoda Fukushima

Class of 2026 (Grade 8)
Jennifer Cruz and Sheri Tamamoto

Class of 2025 (Grade 9)
Emma Boland, Jan Lee and Nani Shimabuku

Class of 2024 (Grade 10)
Lianne Iwanaga-Ohashi, Wendy Kaneda and Lori Kiyota-Ciboch

Class of 2023 (Grade 11)
Lynn Araki-Regan and Lisa Tamura Tanoue

Class of 2022 (Grade 12)
Stacy Jim On, Leigh Jusuf and Judy Nako