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DOE Announces 2021 Graduation Ceremonies

May 3, 2021, 4:36 PM HST
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The Hawai´i State Department of Education on Monday announced the dates, times and formats for public high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. Alternative ceremony formats will continue for a second year and limit guest access to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

“We are so proud of our Class of 2021 graduates for their scholarship, student leadership and resilience during this very difficult COVID-19 period,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. “Our high schools across the islands have been working with graduates, parents and families to plan the best possible celebrations while adhering to social distancing requirements and other health and safety guidelines. We thank our school communities and partners who have been working to make these events truly special.”

Schools are sharing logistics and safety details with parents and guardians. An overview of statewide commencement celebrations is below. This list will continue to be updated on the Department’s website as more details become available. For more information, families are encouraged to contact their child’s school directly.

Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pahoa Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Kaʻū High & Pahala ElementaryPrincipal: Sharon Beck

Participating Seniors: 48
May 21School fieldIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Keaʻau HighPrincipal: Dean Cevallos

Participating Seniors: 269
May 21School stadiumIn-person with limited guests and vehicles
Pahoa High & Inter.Principal: Darlene Bee

Participating Seniors: 100
May 23School campusDrive-through diploma pickup
Graphic courtesy of DOE.

Hilo-Waiākea Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Hilo HighPrincipal: Jasmine Urasaki 

Participating Seniors: 265
May 21School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with virtual ceremony to follow, one vehicle per graduate
Waiākea High Principal: Kelcy Koga

Participating Seniors: 276
May 22School stadium (two ceremonies)
In-person with limited guests and vehicles
Graphic courtesy of DOE.

Honokaʻa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area

SchoolDateLocationDetails
Honokaʻa High & Inter.Principal: Rachelle Matsumura

Participating Seniors: 130
May 22School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with virtual ceremony
Ke Kula ʻO ʻEhunuikaimalinoPrincipal: Keli‘ikanoe Mahi

Participating Seniors: 9
May 21Konawaena High baseball fieldIn-person with limited guests, virtual ceremony
Kealakehe HighPrincipal: Glenn Gray

Participating Seniors: 300
May 28School football fieldIn-person with limited guests with vehicles
Kohala HighPrincipal: Amy Stafford

Participating Seniors: 55
May 22School campusDrive-through diploma pickup with live coverage
Konawaena HighPrincipal: Shawn Suzuki

Participating Seniors: 180
May 22School football fieldIn-person with limited guests with vehicles
Graphic courtesy of DOE.

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