Mokapu Elementary is the largest school on the Windward side of Oahu with an enrollment of over 800 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6. Our school is located on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), serving both Marine and Navy personnel and their families. Hawaiian History: Mokapu was originally known as Moku Kapu meaning The Sacred Land. In the 18th Century, King Kamehameha the Great reserved the Mokapu Peninsula for use as a royal retreat with all his ali'i (chiefs). Mokapu was property to royalty and kapu (restricted) to all others. The waters surrounding Mokapu was also kapu fishing grounds where only high chiefs and servants of the King were permitted to fish. These waters included the sea waters and three fishing ponds: Nu'upia, Halekou, and Kaluapuhi. Located at the Kaluapuhi Fish pond are ruins of native salt works or pans on the shore of Kailua Bay. Early Hawaiians constructed evaporation vats in which the sea water was conducted and evaporated into pa'akai (hard sea water). There are burial grounds of Early Hawaiians located between Puramid Rock and Ulupa'u Crater. Ulupa'u, meaning "fumes growing up," was a cove used by spies of the Maui Army to send messages using signal torches to lookouts on Moloka'i about the information retrieved by their spies about the O'ahu Army. Ulupa'u was also used as a lookout point for invaders. There are still untold sacred sites and legends in and around Mokapu.
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Telephone 808-254-7964 Fax 808-254-7969
Hours M-F: 7am - 4pm
Front office is open all year, excluding State and Federal Holidays.