Teachers recognized at Lahaina school

Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School Educators of the Month are Megan Landes (from left), Kaleka Manoha, Elizabeth Smith and Pamela Kaniho.

Duke’s Beach House recently recognized four educators at Lahaina’s Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School as Educator of the months of December, January, February and March.

Fifth-grade teacher and grade-level chair Pamela Kaniho was awarded the December Educator of the Month Award for being an effective teacher in the classroom and a quiet leader on campus. She acts as a mentor to new teachers, provides guidance to her grade-level team and supports schoolwide initiatives that benefit all students. Throughout her tenure, Kaniho has earned the respect of her students, colleagues and community members.

Third-grade teacher and January Educator of the Month Award winner Megan Landes works hard to support students not only in her classroom, but also schoolwide through parent and community engagement, and activities such as the annual Poetry Festival and Ho’olaulea. A well-respected school leader, Landes mentors new teachers each year and provides ongoing guidance for veteran teachers.

Elizabeth Smith was awarded the February Educator of the Month Award for using her outstanding organizational, technical and computer skills to go above and beyond in her tireless efforts to support students, teachers and administration. Most notably, Smith created a PNE dashboard that organizes vast numbers of documents for easy navigation and retrieval by the faculty.

March Educator of the Month Award winner Kaleka Manoha is a 4th-grade teacher and grade-level chair. Manoha differentiates instruction for her students in order to meet their needs, serves as facilitator of several school committees, mentors new teachers at the school, and volunteers at nighttime school events. In addition, Manoha is quick to offer assistance to her colleagues by sharing her knowledge and resources and sometimes by just providing a listening ear.

“Duke’s Beach House is proud to take part in recognizing the great work of the staff at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School,” said Nick Ware, Duke’s Beach House general manager.

The four honorees were presented with an engraved koa box and a $100 gift certificate to Duke’s Beach House as recipients of the award.