Meet the faculty

Aaron Barcellos

University of Hawaii at Hilo -B.A. in Psychology

Central Washington University - B.A. in Elementary Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa - M.A. in Education Leadership Foundation

Interest: I like to read, travel, and spend time with family.

- Cindy Han

Jennifer Heinzman

Kelly Hirahara

Kristy Hirahara

Michael Ibara

I attended Hawaii Pacific University and graduated with a bachelors in Elementary Education.

- Sarah Iseri

Masters Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.

- Hyesim Kaneshiro

I received a Bachelor's Degree in Family Resources, a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education, and a Master's degree in Educational Foundation. I immigrated from Korea when I was twelve years old. I grew up in Florida before moving to Hawaii. Besides working with children, I also love music, reading, and being in nature.

- Christina Kim

I attended Mid-Pacific Institute for high school and then Biola University for college. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and I am currently working on my MAT degree online. I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, snorkeling, and surfing.

- Jonathan Lum

Janice Marquez-Carganilla

Mr. Masuno has been the music teacher at Pu'uhale Elementary School for 4 years. He is passionate about sharing his love of music with the students of Pu'uhale, and believes it is important for every student. Music is proven to improve mental and emotional health, and has links to academic achievement. Mr. Masuno would like to thank the Pu'uhale community for their support of this important aspect of a child's development.

- Micah Masuno

My teaching experience started in 2004 after graduating from University of Phoenix with a Masters of Education. I have taught for 10 years in Hawaii and 5 years in Las Vegas. I am married and have 3 children.

- Michele Moninger

I obtained both my Bachelor of Elementary Education and Professional Diploma for Education (post baccalaureate) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Over the years I’ve taught grades 4 and 5 and student taught grade 2.

- Mary Jane Moore

Kennison Pang

General Education and Special Education B.S.

- Vina Phong

I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in science.

- Kalei Ponce

Denise Sakaue-Arakaki

UH Manoa graduate

- Phyllis Sano

Todd Sasaki

I attended UH Manoa and got my Bachelors degree in English Literature. Shortly after graduating I began working as a Part Time Teacher in ELL at Puuhale. This job opportunity inspired me to go back to school to become a teacher. So I enrolled in the education program at Chaminade University and got my Masters degree in Special Education. Having my son has really helped me become a better teacher because I am more able to relate to the children in my classroom. My teaching philosophy has always revolved around the idea that all students are capable of learning when provided with the right tools and support to do so, and I whole heartedly devote myself to achieving this every school year.

- Marissa Shimabukuro

I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's Degree in Family Resources and a Master's Degree in Teaching, Elementary Education.

- Sherice Shiroma

Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelors Degree in General Education and Special Education.

You Jin Sohn

Joshua Tokumi

Hi, I'm Miss Wong. I have two education degrees - a Bachelor’s degree from University of Hawaii and a Master’s degree from Gonzaga University. I love teaching! I began my teaching career on the Leeward coast, and then transferred to Puuhale. I was given the opportunity to be a district resource teacher for a few years, but returned to Puuhale because I missed the students too much! Things that make me smile when I’m not at school… spending time with my family, playing with my adorable dogs, and doing craft projects!

Shannon Wong