• 324 Kapahulu Avenue
  • Honolulu, HI 96815


ALL VISITORS AND PARENTS must report to the office to sign in for a school visitor pass. This is to ensure safety, provide accountability, support students, and respect learning.


For the safety and health of our students, the playground is now closed before and after school. There has been an increased number of unsupervised students on the playground at these times and the faculty and staff are not available for supervision during these hours. We ask that students leave campus immediately after school unless they are participating in a school sponsored after school event. Also, as posted on signs around campus, there is to be no riding of scooters, skateboards, hoverboards or bikes while on campus. Thank you for your cooperation.

Spirit Week 2015

Spirit Week is on March 9-13.  These are the themed days:


Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Sports Day (Team Jersey or Color)

Wednesday: Cartoon Character Day (Clothing, not costumes)

Thursday: Backwards Shirt Day

Friday: Aloha Shirt Day


Show your school spirit by joining in with everyone on the theme of the day!


Principal's Message

July 17, 2014

Aloha Everyone,

My name is Garret Zakahi and I will be serving as Temporarily Assigned (TA) Principal at Jefferson Elementary School. My previous experience as a school leader includes 1.0 years as ACE Vice Principal at Farrington High School, 3.75 years as Vice Principal at Central Middle School and 0.25 years as TA Principal at Central Middle School. I hold a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, a Professional Diploma in Secondary Science Education, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Sciences, with an emphasis in aquaculture.

My educational philosophy revolves around “building, maintaining, and establishing positive relationships with the internal and external members of the Jefferson Elementary School ohana”. I am looking forward to working with the dedicated faculty and staff at Jefferson. I am also looking forward to meeting our parents and students. I will continue to work with our community partners. I see our school as the “hub” of our community, a place where we can all come together to support student learning. As an aside, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Principal Parker for his work and dedication to Jefferson Elementary School for the past four years.

This school year brings with it adjustments to the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) and your administrative team will work with you as we flow through the process, together. Our focus has and always will be on student learning. If we keep that at the center of everything that we do, then we know that we are headed in the right direction. We should embrace this opportunity to grow and expand, both individually and as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More).

I would like to share a personal story that is related to the “craft” of being a teacher. While eating dinner one night at a Chinese Restaurant, I opened a fortune cookie containing the following Ancient Chinese Proverb “Tell me . . . I forget. Show me . . . I remember. Involve me . . . I understand”. I quickly tucked it away in my wallet and thought nothing of it. Upon entering the field of education, over 20 years ago, the Proverb really made sense to me. I involved my students in the learning process and allowed them to make sense of the content that I was teaching. I believe that my role shifted from teacher to a “facilitator of information”.

I continue to believe in the proverb as an administrator. Everyone will be involved in the State, complex area, and school initiatives, so that we may all understand the 6 + 1 strategies that are being carried out (Educator Effectiveness System, Academic Review Teams, Data Teams and Formative Instruction, Comprehensive Student Support Systems, Common Core State Standards, Induction and Mentoring and STEM).

Respectfully Submitted,

Garret Zakahi
TA Principal – President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Fall Break Message from Principal Zakahi

Aloha Everyone,

Wow! This has been a truly rewarding experience for me. We have come so far in such a short amount of time and that is due to the fact that everyone on campus is here with the same focus . . . support student learning. Many of you have embraced the T.E.A.M. concept and together everyone is achieving more. I cannot thank you enough for all of your cooperation, support, suggestions, advice, and friendship. There is still a lot that I need to learn and I would like to ask for your patience and understanding as I try to balance the many tasks that are required of a Principal.

I would like to wish all of you a restful and relaxing Fall break. Spend quality time with your family and friends, catch up on things that you have been putting off, watch a few baseball playoff games, and just have fun! The work that you do is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

Thank you for everything that you are doing for our student, for our school, and for our community.

Garret Zakahi
President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
TA Principal

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Community Partners

Jefferson Elementary would like to recognize the tireless efforts and contributions of the many organizations and individuals from the community.  More information about our community partners can be found here

Academic Partners

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