‘Iolani ‘Ohana

‘Iolani ‘Ohana

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 Hawai‘i. 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: Lauren Dawson
President Elect: TBA
Immediate Past President: Carla Stroh-Palalay
Treasurer: Cori Ann Takamiya
Secretary: Christine Yee


Technology Support: Nan Ketpura-Ching
Special Events: Cheryl DeAngelo, Kim Iinuma
New Parent Welcome Reception: Sandra Ching, Jan Fujiwara
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 '87, Director of Interactive Media
Mrs. Toby Morioka, ‘Iolani ‘Ohana Liaison


liaison [at] iolani.org
(808) 943-2322


Generally there are two ‘Ohana Representatives for each class with the exception of kindergarten which has three. 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 2029 (Kindergarten) -- Grace Ryu, June Wehner, TBD
Class of 2028 (First Grade) -- Jean Ishida, Melanie Mizumoto
Class of 2027 (Second Grade) -- Shan Hiraoka, Gina Kobashigawa
Class of 2026 (Third Grade) -- Charlene Au, Sisi Takaki
Class of 2025 (Fourth Grade) -- Kili Gerell, Lori Yee
Class of 2024 (Fifth Grade) -- Elisse Lee, Erin Palmer
Class of 2023 (Sixth Grade) -- Sandra Nakao, Marcella Rosen
Class of 2022 (Seventh Grade) -- Vivian Arita, Luana Yoshikawa
Class of 2021 (Eighth Grade) -- Lisa Adams, Shellie Usami
Class of 2020 (Freshman) -- Elisabeth Iwata, Cyd Shirizu
Class of 2019 (Sophomore) -- Cathy Camp, Colleen McAluney
Class of 2018 (Junior) -- Lisa Oyster, Alicia Pentland
Class of 2017 (Senior) -- Terry Foy, Terri Hanaoka, Lisa Lau-Gallacher