Core Values


As a part of developing well rounded individuals ready to move on to new challenges in high school and beyond, WMS has identified five important values that, over time, will hopefully become part of each students character.  The values are:

'IKE - Knowledge - To see, feel, know, experience, understand.

KAIZEN- Every day trying to be better than the day before.

ACCOUNTABILITY- Taking responsibility for your actions.

INTEGRITY- Doing what's right no matter who is watching.

RESPECT- Treating others the way you want to be treated.

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As a school, we also incorporate "The Principles of Pa'ahana" -- Hard industrious work-- as guidelines that connect culture to curriculum and tie tradition to technology.  These principles build character, instill important values and provide skill-building tools that apply to school, home and community.


-- Adapted From "'Ölelo No'eau -
Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings" by Mary Kawena Pukui" shared by Chadd Paishon: 

He wa’a he moku. He moku he wa’a.

Literally – The canoe is an island, the island is a canoe.

Figuratively - Everything you must do to survive on a voyaging canoe — the values you must have, the respect and
compassion for others, the supplies and work ethic necessary for survival—are also essential to living on an island.

Click here to learn more about 'Ike Hawai'i at Waimea Middle School.