Aloha and welcome to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School!

I am Yuuko Arikawa and I was appointed to be the principal of this amazing school by State Superintendent Kishimoto beginning July 2, 2018.

Prior to becoming the principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, I was a Vice Principal at our school, a School Renewal Specialist for the Central District, and an Academic Coach and Teacher at Kaʻala Elementary beginning in 2000.

I have lived in Hawaiʻi my whole life, but I do enjoy traveling for leisure, to learn, and to help others.  So far, I've visited 21 states and Japan, Canada, Bahama, Mexico, England, France, Italy, and Germany.  I have a lot more on my bucket list which I look forward to.

My father emigrated from Japan and neither of my parents graduated from college, so they always emphasized education and hard work for me and my siblings.

Personally, I have four children, three of which are in college and a fourth who is still in high school but will be taking a college course this upcoming school year.

As you, our students and families, visit Daniel K. Inouye Elementary school during your brief time in Hawai'i or for your elementary school years, I am brought back to our art piece which fronts our office.  "Kaulele" is the work of artist Kim Duffett and it means to soar.

The waves represent the ocean which surrounds us. The ʻio is a native Hawaiian hawk that was once a symbol of royalty. Although they primarily live on Hawaiʻi Island, they have been spotted on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi. Placing the ʻio by the water is symbolic of our transient students who need to adapt to their new surroundings.  At the same time, there is much to learn, experience, appreciate, and contribute.  Like the ʻio, we want our students to soar.

In Hawaiʻi we have ʻōlelo noʻeau which are words of wisdom and here is one which relates to our students and sense of place.
Hoʻolaʻi nā manu i ke aheahe.

The birds poise quietly in the gentle breeze.
Said of those who are at peace with the world, undisturbed and contented.

Welcome to Hawaiʻi and to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School! I look forward to our time together.

~ Yuuko Arikawa, Principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School