Hawaii Catholic School Closure Update

HFCA School Closure Updates as of April 20, 2020. Aloha Holy Family Academy and ELC families...
Posted on 04/01/2020


April 19, 2020

Aloha Holy Family Academy and ELC families,

You and your loved ones continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We are at the end of week four of Distance Learning and we are so blessed to have wonderful teachers who are committed to supporting our students as they transition to new learning practices. We are in awe of how our students have demonstrated excelling levels of GRIT, which in the education world is defined as perseverance to achieve goals despite the adversities one is presented with. Our Holy Family students continue to be resilient and responsive and we are so proud of them! And last but not least, a huge mahalo to our parents and extended families for being patient and supportive during this transition. Yes, there will be glitches, but as long as we continue to work together, our students will learn many explicit and implicit lessons along the way. 

Life, as we know, continues to evolve with each passing week. One thing holds true and that being that we are all learning to return to our lives and routines outside of what has become our norm while supporting our state’s stay-at-home order. Our Holy Family staff and faculty miss our students and families tremendously, however, we know the safety of our ohana and community remains to be one of our top priorities. 

Although Hawaii has made progress with controlling the widespread of the COVID-19 virus, our Governor has announced that Hawaii is not quite ready to relax the current stay-at-home guidelines. Yesterday, our Honolulu Diocese made the following decision:

All parochial schools will extend the postponement of  “in-person” classes through the end of the 2019-2020 School Year.   Our schools will continue to provide quality distance learning to our students through the end of their individual 2019-2020 School Calendars.  

HFCA and ELC will follow the 2019-20 school calendar for the remainder of the school year. The school year for the ELC will end officially on Wednesday, May 27, and the Academy will end on Thursday, May 28.  Our 8th-grade graduation ceremony is postponed and although we want to have a traditional celebration, we are exploring all options which will depend on guidelines established by the state in late May. 


We want to reassure you that our Academy and ELC teachers are committed to our Distance Learning program and are continuing to explore new ideas and programs to enhance their lessons. During these upcoming weeks, our administrative team and teachers will be discussing all the necessary END of SCHOOL YEAR procedures for students, for example, collection of books, devices, and collection of personal items from desks/cubbies. We will share this information with you as it becomes available. 

Let us continue to strive to stay connected and share our daily journeys with each other! We are excited to share with you our newest Holy Family virtual connection idea. Ms. Alison, our awesome Cafeteria  Manager, will be sharing weekly cooking videos as she shares some of her cooking secrets. We invite families to enjoy her video and then spend time together creating her favorite dishes. She’s excited to share the love of the culinary arts with our families. Here’s her video debut... Enjoy!

Cooking & Baking with Ms. Alison

To continue with our quest of sharing with our community, here is our video to share memories from HFCA Distance Learning... Enjoy!


As this memo is being typed, the heartache of not being on campus together for this school year is slowly settling in. We need to remind ourselves that there will be a day when we will be together again. Let us all keep the candles of HOPE & FAITH lit in our hearts. 

God Bless you all,

Fr. Rheo Ofalsa, Allen Akiona, and Celeste Akiu

April 1, 2020

To: Holy Family Catholic Academy & ELC families     

From:     Rev. Rheo Ofalsa, Pastor, Allen Akiona, Director of ELC, and Celeste Akiu, Principal

RE: Update as of March 27, 2020

Due to our social responsibility, and in solidarity with our state leaders, the Diocese announced that all Hawaii parochial schools will extend the postponement of in-person classes through Thursday, April 30, 2020. For Holy Family Catholic Academy and ELC, this means that distance learning will continue through that date. All school events scheduled for the month of April are canceled. 

Our Holy Family ELC program is committed to continuing service amid this difficult and uncertain time that is happening all around us.  We will be providing Distance Learning and in-person instructions via the internet during the next month. Students, parents, and teachers will collaborate to ensure that education proceeds. 

Distance Learning for HFCA students is being implemented and we are so proud to work alongside our teachers who have stepped up to embrace this new method of teaching in such a short time. Thank you for your patience and support as our teachers introduce new programs to support our students in their new learning environments. Moving forward, please make note of the following dates which are non-teaching days for teachers:

~ April 9, 10, and 13 are Holy holidays

It’s hard to believe that we were all at school together only 14 days ago. Although our recent days have been filled with evolving changes and our upcoming days are uncertain, let us all embrace our faith and know that our Lord is in our midst to guide us as we move forward. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

With much ALOHA, 

Fr. Rheo Ofalsa

Allen Akiona

Celeste Akiu


Hello HFCA Families,


It's wonderful to see a blue sky today! I hope you are doing well. I'd like to share with you that the Diocese has approved the following:

Hawaii Catholic Schools, which includes HFCA, will remain closed through Easter break. Therefore, we are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, April 14. 

HFCA remains committed to supporting our students with the continuity of their learning as we move forward during our extended school closure. Teachers will be emailing lessons to parent emails for grades K-4 and posting lessons on Google Classroom for grades 5-8. Teachers in all content areas, which include our specials classes, are responsible for sending lessons either weekly or daily, depending on the type of assignment. 

I will continue to send updates to you as new information comes to my attention. Rest assured that I will most definitely share our plans for the opening of school when that day arrives. I was at the school yesterday and sat in the courtyard taking a moment to reflect on what we are all experiencing. I sat imagining the day when our students will be back on campus with friends, teachers, and staff. I look forward to seeing their smiles and hearing their laugher. And I know that day will come! 

May the Lord be with you today and each day as we move forward together. 

With much aloha,


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