Meet Your Admin Team
A Letter of Introduction
Aloha and Welcome to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School!
I am Yuuko Arikawa and State Superintendent Kishimoto appointed me Principal of this dynamic school on July 2, 2018.
I am a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where I earned a BEd. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Family Resources and an MEd. in Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region. To become and administrator, I completed the Hawaiʻi Certification Institute for School Leaders through the Department of Education.
Prior to becoming the principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, I was a teacher and academic coach at Kaʻala Elementary for 12 years, a School Renewal Specialist for the Central District for 3 years, and a Vice Principal for 3 years. If you are interested in learning more about my work in education, feel free to view my Curriculum Vitae.
I've lived in Hawaiʻi my whole life, and I enjoy traveling for leisure, to learn, and to support people and communities. I've visited Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, 21 states and Japan, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, England, France, Italy, and Germany. I have a lot more on my bucket list, which I look forward to.
My father emigrated from Japan to Hawaiʻi and is the only member of his family to leave his country. Neither of my parents graduated from college, however, like many parents who have great hopes and dreams for their children, they always emphasized education and hard work for me and my siblings.
Personally, I have four children. My oldest graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2018 with a BS in Environmental Studies, a BA in French, and an International STEM Certificate. She is now working on her Master's in Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. My second child began at Washington State University but has since transferred to Northern Arizona University. My third child is studying Automotive Technology at Leeward Community College. My youngest is at Leilehua High School and taking advantage of a dual-enrollment opportunity where she can earn high school and college credits while enjoying band, hula, and papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language class). My third child just gifted me a new role on May 1, 2019 - grandma ..... but she will call me Nala.
During your brief time in Hawai'i or for your elementary school years, I ask you to consider our art piece which fronts the office. "Kaulele" is the work of artist Kim Duffett and it means to take flight.
The waves represent the ocean which surrounds us. The ʻio is a native Hawaiian hawk and a symbol of royalty. Although the ʻio primarily lives on Hawaiʻi Island, they have been spotted on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi. Placing the ʻio by the water is symbolic of our transient students who need to adapt to their new surroundings. At the same time, there is much to learn, experience, appreciate, and contribute. Like the ʻio, we want our students to soar.
In Hawaiʻi we have ʻōlelo noʻeau, words of wisdom, and here is one which relates to our students and sense of place.
Hoʻolaʻi nā manu i ke aheahe. [HO-oh-LAH-ee nah MAH-new ee kay ah-hay-ah-hay]
The birds poise quietly in the gentle breeze.
Said of those who are at peace with the world, undisturbed and contented.
Welcome to Hawaiʻi and to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School! I look forward to our time together.
~ Yuuko Arikawa, Principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School
Thank you for choosing Daniel K. Inouye Elementary! I am Rachel Armstrong and Complex Area Superintendent Davis appointed me Vice Principal in 2018.
Prior to becoming the vice principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, I experienced many roles at our school. I was a technology coordinator for 4 years, co-designed and implemented a fifth grade pilot blended learning program for 2 years, served as a teacher mentor, response to intervention and gifted and talented coach for 2 years, and a fifth grade teacher for 3 years. I completed my BEd. in Elementary Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Military students are close to my heart, as my family is a military family that has chosen to make Hawaiʻi home! We originally moved to Hawaiʻi in 2001, my husband served active duty Army for ten years, and currently serves active duty for the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard. I have two amazing children. My daughter is a freshman at Arizona State University, and my son is entering middle school in Mililani.
I look forward to growing with your child and family! As Principal Arikawa stated above, welcome to Hawaiʻi and to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School!
~ Rachel Armstrong, Vice Principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School