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Duke’s Beach House honors educators at Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School

By Staff | May 2, 2019

Duke’s Beach House honored (from left) Megan Landes, Kaleka Manoha, Elizabeth Smith and Pamela Kaniho of Princess Nahi`ena`ena Elementary School.

KAANAPALI – Duke’s Beach House recently recognized Pamela Kaniho, Megan Landes, Elizabeth Smith and Kaleka Manoha of Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School as Educators of the Month for December, January, February, and March, respectively.

Fifth grade teacher and grade level chair Kaniho is an effective teacher in the classroom and a quiet leader on campus.

Kaniho acts as a mentor to new teachers, provides guidance to her grade level team and supports school wide initiatives that benefit all students. Throughout her tenure, Kaniho has earned the respect of her students, colleagues and community members.

Third grade teacher Landes works hard to support students not only in her classroom but also school-wide through parent and community engagement, and activities such as the annual Poetry Festival and Ho’olaule’a.

A well-respected school leader, Landes mentors new teachers each year and provides ongoing guidance for veteran teachers.

Smith was recognized for using her outstanding organizational, technical and computer skills to go above and beyond in her tireless efforts to support students, teachers and administration.

Most notably, Smith created a PNE dashboard that organizes a seemingly endless number of documents for easy navigation and retrieval by the faculty, thereby streamlining the school’s self-study report for WASC accreditation and influencing the process of creating a school-wide RTI schedule.

Manoha, a fourth grade teacher and grade level chair, differentiates instruction for her students to meet their needs, serves as facilitator of the school’s RTI Committee, leads one of the WASC Focus on Learning Committees, mentors new teachers at the school and volunteers at nighttime school events.

In addition, Manoha is quick to offer assistance to her colleagues by sharing her knowledge and resources – and sometimes by just providing a listening ear.

“Duke’s Beach House is proud to take part in recognizing the great work of the staff at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School,” said Nick Ware, Duke’s Beach House general manager.

“We are fortunate to work with this amazing staff during our many community events throughout the year, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”

The winners each received an engraved koa box and $100 gift certificate to Duke’s Beach House.

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