LAP & School Governance

WMS' Charter Performance Contract, LAP By-Laws, LAP Charter, 
LAP Membership Roster, Coming LAP Meeting Agenda & Approved Minutes, and Admission Policy & Procedures are all posted below and/or at the bottom of this page.

For LAP Membership Roster, click here.  

For information on Hoʻokakoʻo Corp. -- our WMS Local School Board -- including policies and procedures, 
please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the Ho'okako'o Corporation Subpage.

For Ho'okako'o Corp. Board Member roster, click here:!governing-board/c18i9

For Ho'okako'o Corp. board meeting agendas and minutes, 


Final LAP Meeting of the School Year: 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. - K03.    

Please join us to thank 3-year LAP Chair Colin Miura

for his dedicated service to our students and school-community!

Also, to thank our teacher team for their service! 

NOTE: Past meeting minutes (once approved) can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.         


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WMS LAP Chair        

Colin Miura, who was formally appointed LAP Chair in October 2014, comes from a family that values education and public schools -- both of his parents were public school teachers.  Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, he has a marketing degree from Hawai’i Community College.  He is a 30-year employee of KTA SuperStores and is currently Store Manager for the Hawai’i Island grocery chain’s Waimea store.  He began with KTA as a bagger and has worked in almost every department until his current role.    

He and wife Lisa have three children.  Their oldest daughter is a Honoka'a High 9th grader; their second daughter attends WMS as a 7th grader, and their son attends Waimea Elementary.  

Actively committed to public school family-community involvement, Colin served as an elected member of the Waimea Elementary School Community Council (SCC) and was Vice Chair for the 2011-’12 SY, and Chair for the 2012-’13 SY.  (SCC is the DOE/regular public school equivalent of LAP and serves in an advisory capacity to the Principal.) 

Colin has also served on various boards and committees for his church as well as for an islandwide merchants association and community organizations such as Jaycees and Rotary.  He has also been involved in fundraising for numerous charitable organizations including Hawai’i Island United Way, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.   

The WMS LAP represents all school stakeholder groups including students, families, faculty, staff, school administrators, community representatives and members of Ho’okako’o Corporation, our not-for-profit Local School Board. 

Everyone is invited to all LAP meetings and no RSVP required.  Time it provided on the agenda of every meeting for family and community input.   

For info, please call WMS Principal Amy Kendziorski (887-6090 Ext. 227) or the school’s Director of Development Patti Cook, call 937-2833.  

For more info, scroll to the bottom of this page for LAP ByLaws, Membership Roster, etc.  

Ho'okako'o Corporation Adds Waimea Residents to Board Leadership

Dr. Robert K. Masuda
Dr. Paul Nakayama 

News Features on new Ho'okako'o Board Member representing Waimea Middle School:  

WEST HAWAI’I TODAY:  Receiving Recognition Due

WEST HAWAI'I TODAYBob Masuda inducted into National YMCA Hall of Fame in Kansas City

By Liz Nakayama Special to West Hawaii Today

Published August 16, 2016 

WAIMEA — A dedicated Hawaii resident and worldwide ambassador of the YMCA, Bob Masuda of Waimea earned a spot in the National YMCA Hall of Fame at Springfield College in July. He was inducted during a ceremony at the General Assembly of YMCAs in Kansas City, Missouri.

The National YMCA Hall of Fame honors YMCA professionals and volunteers who exemplify a lifetime of commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA. During his 40-plus years working for the YMCA, Masuda built and operated YMCA organizations in Hawaii and throughout the U.S.

His hall of fame nomination was based on his work representing the U.S. YMCA with national and local leaders throughout emerging nations from 1983-2003. During this time frame China was re-establishing its contact and relationship with the American Movement; Central and Eastern Europe YMCAs were being re-established and properties reclaimed; and the Soviet Union was changing with the independent states of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Baltic States and others engaged in partnerships with American YMCAs for programs aiding in national transition processes. He personally negotiated sensitive issues of repatriation of assets on behalf of emerging national YMCAs and lead the early development and training events with leadership of these re-emerging YMCAs.

Masuda served as president and CEO of the YMCA of Honolulu; executive director of the International Division, YMCA of the USA; and director of the YMCA of the USA’s International Office for China and the Pacific. He was president of the Big Island chapter from 1993-2003.

Most recently, Masuda initiated and currently serves as president of the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forestry. The Foundation supports research activities of the Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, a partnership of private, non-profit, federal and state organizations. He also serves on the Hookakoo board of directors for state conversion charter schools for Waimea, Molokai and Waianae.

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Final WMS LAP Meeting of the 2015-16 School Year - 8th grade reading students share their research and findings as "citizen scientists" about evidence of Global Warming here in Waimea and on Hawai'i Island.  

Please click here to view video clip of oral history interviews:


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The Ho'okako'o Corporation Board came for its annual visit to Waimea Middle School April 18, 2016, first to tour classrooms and see progress on the construction of our new 9-classroom STEM Building, then holding a public meeting open to the entire school-community including LAP members.  Several new HC Board members were introduced including Nancy Barry, Manny August, Jr. and Kumau Pineda-Akiona.                                                      
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November 2015 LAP Meeting:

Mahalo to Dr. Ken Fischer for dedicating time and wisdom as a member of our Ho'okako'o Corp. Local School Board!  

October 2014 LAP Meeting:  

   Mahalo To All Who Came To Welcome Our Ho'okako'o Local School Board to Campus & Attend LAP Meeting 

Ho'okako'o Local School Board Chair Pauline Lo Bailey (4th from right) introduced HC Board members to WMS faculty and staff. 

                                     Our Ho'okako'o Corp. Local School Board conducted its own quarterly meeting, then stayed to participate in a WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) meeting.  

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August 2014 LAP Meeting:

Our LAP takes school governance seriously but also knows how & when to have fun! 
OK, That's Probably More What You'd Expect...our dedicated WMS LAP! 

Mahalo, Dr. Kamana Beamer!  Dr. Kamana Beamer (center holding the cake) was profusely thanked August 25 for his service as our school’s Local Advisory Panel Chair for the past two years by members of LAP and school community friends!  Kahu Billy Mitchell (extreme left) extended the community’s gratitude as did teachers and staff, and praised the school as being a place “where every child can be successful!”  He added that “kids love coming to this school.” Kamana is now pursuing tenure at UH-Manoa so is concluding his formal LAP service but has committed to helping out when needed.  Also at yesterday’s meeting, LAP members voted to recommend to our Ho’okako’o Local School Board that they appoint WMS parent and community business leader Colin Miura (extreme right) to become our new LAP Chair.  Others in the picture are (L-R) Front row: Lori Ching, Nau’i Murphy, Cherise Mundon, Janice English Somerville, Dr. Beamer, Amy Kendziorski and Erica Owens: Back row: Keawe Vredenburg, Patrick Hurney, Patti Cook, Matt Horne, Tim Beneski, Jade Bowman and Interim HC Executive Director Guy Kaulukukui.  WMS LAP meets 4:30-6 p.m., on the last Monday afternoon of every month.  Elections are being held this week for family reps.  The governance group provides all school stakeholders a place to share their wisdom and concerns and to help WMS move forward now that it has received 6-year Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

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MAHALO to WMS LAP members, Students, Families, Faculty, Staff and Community Friends for helping make our Sept. 12 Fun Run/Walk A Success...and helping our school become Financially Sustainable by Buying Our Own School Buses! 




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Please join us to explore an exciting opportunity for our Waimea children...

Wouldn’t a ‘Boys & Girls Club’ Be Great In Waimea!?

Update as of 9/30/14: 21 Community members and friends continued to meet to pursue starting a Boys & Girls Club. 

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 - Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All are invited!     

All WMS families, faculty, staff and community friends are invited to a “conversation starter” about possibly bringing a Boys & Girls Club to Waimea.  

The first “conversation” will be next Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Thelma Parker Library conference room. 

Here’s the scoop:  Several WMS families approached the school’s Local Advisory Panel (LAP) last May, expressing concern about not having safe, affordable options for childcare after-school.  What might be done about this? 

A group of WMS staff, parents and community friends met during the summer and one suggestion was to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (B&GCBI), which is a branch of a well regarded out-of-school program with a long history of success all over the country as well as in Hilo, and for a shorter period of time, in Pa’auilo, Pahoa, Kea’au, Na’alehu and Pahala. 

The group met with Zavi Brees-Saunders, Chief Professional Officer of B&GCBI, to see what it would take to bring this program to Waimea. She explained that a Boys & Girls Club is a whole lot more than simply childcare. Its mission is to provide place-based club environments that ensure youthful participants have a sense of belonging and place through quality programs offered by trained supportive staff and volunteers.

B&GCBI’s “formula” for helping shape “great futures” for its youth participants includes:

1)       Academic Success - students graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment;

2)       Good Character & Citizenship – students become engaged citizens involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character; and

3)       Healthy Lifestyles – students adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.

This sounded very appealing so the group asked if B&GCBI would start a program in Waimea?  They said “yes” -- but it’s not without cost.  While the fee to participate is less than $20 per child per year, the program requires a facility and staff, and how to pay for this is the question. 

The other big question is how many families and how many students might actually use such a program?  Many children already participate in after-school programs – tutoring, sports, robotics, etc.  These programs do not run every day so a detailed needs assessment is a priority.       

Hence the Tuesday, August 26 meeting will start the exploration process. 

All of Waimea – families and community friends – are invited – both to help assess what’s currently available and to explore what more may be needed. 

“Please join us – we think there are many in town with a need or interest in helping shape great futures for kids,” said WMS parent Patrick Hurney, who in his professional life runs Habitat for Humanity in West Hawai'i.

For more information about B&GCBI, go do For more information about this meeting, call WMS Vice Principal Amy Kendziorski (887-6090 Ext. 227).  Mrs. K (as she is called) started what is today a thriving Boys and Girls Club in Durango.


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Mahalo To Families & Friends For Attending Our March 31 LAP Meeting With the Accreditation Visiting Committee! 

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Mahalo to All Who Turned Out for our Local Advisory Panel's I KAIR Campus Clean-Up Day!  

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WMS 'Take a LAP' Benefit Fun Run/Walk!!!

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Minutes from the most recent LAP meeting will be reviewed and approved at the next LAP meeting, and then be posted at the bottom of this page.  Previous meeting minutes and agendas can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. 

A warm mahalo to "Uncle Pete" Hendricks for many years of service to WMS -- first as a parent and grandparent, and more recently as a long-time community member of our Local Advisory Panel!  

We PROMISE to keep calling on you! 

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At the Feb. 25, 2013 meeting of LAP, the agenda included the following discussion of members' Vision & Values: 

1.       6-Month LAP Vision Check-Up – Led by Dr. Kamana Beamer, Chair

a.       Very similar to the July 30, 2012 meeting.  Each LAP member will be asked to share his or her mana’o after half a year as part of LAP.  This open-ended opportunity yielded a great deal of valuable information and guidance the last time around.  Please come prepared to share for 2 minutes about the following:

                        i.      As a member of LAP, what are you hoping to see us accomplish and contribute to the school in the coming months and years?

                      ii.      What do you hope to see for WMS in the coming months and years?

                     iii.      What questions do you still have about WMS’ present or future?

The following recaps the input and discussion that occured:

WMS LAP members & friends were asked to share their Vision & Values for the school and LAP at the July 30, 2012 meeting:

Note: More detailed notes were captured at both meetings.

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Community Leader Dr. Christian Veillet Concludes School Advisory Service; Robert Lindsey Joins

           WMS Local Advisory Panel Asked For Feedback On Use of Time 

To Guide Design of School's 2013-’14 Master Schedule at Jan. 28 Meeting

“If we just had more time…”  This and similar thoughts about thoughtful use of every minute of the school day have been carefully considered, researched and discussed by teachers and school staffs all across the nation in recent weeks as work has begun to design master schedules for the 2013-’14 school year – and Waimea Middle School is no exception.

Using an online “School Time Analysis Tool” developed by the National Center For Time and Learning – a respected not-for-profit working with dozens of school districts across the country – the WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) will be asked for feedback on master schedule planning and use of time during its next school-community meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mon., Jan. 28, 2013 in Classroom K-04

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Background on WMS' Local Advisory Panel (LAP)

When WMS became a Public Conversion Charter School in June 2003, a Local Advisory Panel (LAP) became a very important part of local school governance - assuring all stakeholders (families, students, faculty, staff and community) have an opportunity to provide input, share concerns and support student learning.  The WMS LAP consists of 3 family members, 3 students and alternates, 3 teachers, 2 classified staff, school administration, one Ho’okako’o rep, and 5 community members, all who act in an advisory capacity.  All representatives except community members are self-nominated and then an election is held by their respective groups.  Once elected, official school election results are forwarded by the Principal to the Ho`okāko`o board for approval.

LAP meetings are generally once a month in the late afternoon on a day best suited to most members. 

All meetings are open to everyone, agendas are posted in advance and always provide an opportunity for interested parties to speak and bring up issues or concerns.

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Click On The Files Below To Download:

1) WMS 1-Year Charter School Performance Contract (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

2) WMS Admissions Policy & Procedures (approve March 12, 2015) 

3) WMS' LAP Charter & ByLaws (updated January 9, 2013)   

4) LAP Membership Roster (updated December 8, 2016)

5) LAP Meeting Agendas 

6) Approved Meeting Minutes

7) Our Ho'okako'o Corporation ByLaws, 2012 Strategic Plan, Policies, Procedures, etc., click on subpage below.