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Estelle Wong (HI '99)


At the time of the Award, Estelle Wong was:

Olomana High and Intermediate School
Kailua, HI

Grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Estelle Wong is complex area superintendent for the Honolulu District Office in Honolulu. Previously, she served as principal of Olomana School in Honolulu, Hawaii's largest public alternative school, where she transformed what was once a school with a "history of virulent failure" into a safe haven for educational achievement. Wong's achievements included a Competency-Based High School Diploma Program that enabled 75 percent of Olomana's students to graduate with diplomas. Wong also initiated "Mixed Plate with Extra Salad," an integrated school-to-work program that reduced school violence and increased academic success. Her dedication to service learning as an instructional strategy helped the school to earn distinction as one of two National Service Learning Leader Schools from Hawaii. Wong also established a College Opportunities Program to encourage students to consider post-secondary studies.