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Principal's Message

Aloha Champions, 


I want to be the first to welcome you back to the start of an exciting school year.  I hope that your summer breaks were filled with rest, relaxation, and a time of rejuvenation for the upcoming year.  SY 2019-2020 will be one of new beginnings, new faces, new ideas, and new relationships.  


Before I introduce myself, I would like to thank Principal Sam Izumi for his leadership over the past 2 years here at Mauka Lani Elementary School.  We wish him the best as the new Principal of Kapunahala Elementary. I would also like to thank Vice Principal Lynne Hirata for being a part of the Mauka Lani family and wish her the best as Vice Principal at Kaimiloa Elementary School.  


I am deeply humbled to be the new Principal of Mauka Lani Elementary School.  My previous experiences have included Highlands Intermediate School, Kanoelani Elementary School, and Waipahu Intermediate School.  Being born in Mililani and being raised there and in Waialua, I have been a proud Makakilo resident since 2004. I am honored to have a deeper role in the development of my community and its students.  We will definitely grow to know each other more over the coming months.   


We will make this year the best yet!  Together, we will be CHAMPIONS and foster CHAMPIONS - Mauka Lani PRIDE.  


Neil Battad, Principal

The 4R's listed below help Mauka Lani students "Be Champions (for themselves, their peers, and their learning) well as Make EXCELLENCE a Habit."


  • I can do my best
  • I will not give up
  • I can be a good sport

  • I can use strategies (stop, think, act, and reflect)
  • I can seek help when I need it
  • I can solve problems
  • I can make good choices
  • I can use my own thoughts
  • I can get the materials and resources I need

  • I can keep my hands and feet to myself
  • I can take care and use my things the right way
  • I can seek help when I need it
  • I can be prepared
  • I can pay attention and listen
  • I can make good choices
  • I can follow directions
  • I can get my work done on time
  • I can do quality work

  • I can greet others
  • I can keep my hands and feet to myself
  • I can use appropriate language
  • I can share
  • I can take turns
  • I can listen quietly