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Meet Your Admin Team

BarbaAloha and welcome to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School!


My name is Elson Barba and I am humbled to be a part of the DKIES community. I was appointed to this school in June of 2020.


I am a proud public school graduate of Waipahu High School. I continued my education at Hawai’i Pacific University where I double majored to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Speech Communication. I later attended the University of Phoenix, Hawaiʻi Campus to earn my Masters in Education, with a specialty in English.


Beyond my educational journey, I have had an array of work experiences that contribute to my skills and knowledge. I have worked for the American Cancer Society as Marketing Coordinator in addition to overseeing various Relay for Life Events statewide. I spent 6 years at Starbucks Coffee Company from a barista and working hard to become a General Store Manager. After this experience, I left Starbucks and joined the Hawaiʻi DOE as an English Teacher at Waiʻanae High School.


As a teacher, I held various leadership positions from Academy Chairperson to English Department Head. I left my school level position to join the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area Team where I served as a resource teacher. My responsibilities at this level allowed me to develop my skills, knowledge, specialized training in data teams, instructional leadership teams, coaching, continuous school improvement and systems development.


I completed coursework and training to receive my School Administration Certificate from the Hawaiʻi Certification Institute for School Leaders and became a Vice Principal at Waiʻanae Elementary, followed by Mākaha Elementary.


I am a foodie, but also enjoy cooking and baking in my free time. Other times, you can find me wrapped up in a good book or binging on Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ shows. In other moments, I can be exploring a hiking trail, visiting one of our beautiful beaches, or playing tourist. There's always so much to explore and do (and do again)!


I grew up on the leeward coast of Oʻahu all my life. Hawaiʻi is home to me. While DKIES may be one stop of many in your lives, I invite you to embrace what we and Hawaiʻi has to offer. I truly believe that the quality of our experiences rests upon how open we are to it. We all have stories that make up the intricacies of who we are. I would love to be able to share mine and hear about yours.


With aloha,

Elson Barba

Interim Principal

Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School