School Supply Drive

2023 Castle Complex School Supply Drive

Representative Scot Matayoshi and I are partnering with community organizations, as well as Windward Mall, to put on our third annual school supply drive for our Castle Complex schools. We want to help make sure that our community's keiki have the supplies necessary to help them be successful this school year. We also want to help make sure that our teachers have what they need as well.  

The school supply drive is in partnership with the Castle Alumni/Community Association, Windward Mall, and other Kāne‘ohe community organizations, and seeks much needed monetary donations along with pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, composition books, folders, backpacks, slippers and more to help our keiki succeed in the classroom.

Volunteers will be on hand at the mall, near the food court, to accept donations on:

  • Friday July 14, noon to 9 p.m;
  • Saturday July 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
  • Sunday July 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tax deductible donations can also be made online by going to under the "donate" tab, and selecting "school supplies" from the drop down menu. A receipt will be emailed to donors. Donation by check can be made out to Castle Alumni/Community Association with "school supplies" written on the memo line and either be dropped off at the mall during the event or mailed to: Castle Alumni/Community Association, P.O. Box 4432, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744. Cash donations will also be accepted at the mall. Please see the FAQ Section below for more information.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are you doing this school supply drive? 

We know that families in our community are still feeling the negative effects from the pandemic, which has created an even greater economic hardship for many. Some families may not be able to afford all of the new school supplies that their children need. We also know that it can be financially difficult for teachers to spend their own money to provide supplies for their classrooms. We want to make sure that our teachers have the necessary supplies to teach, and our keiki have the necessary supplies to succeed in the classroom. 

Who does this school supply drive benefit? 

The school supply drive benefits the students, teachers, and schools in the Castle Complex school district (Castle High School and its feeder schools). The ten schools that are included in the school supply drive are: 

  • ‘Āhuimanu Elementary School 
  • Benjamin Parker Elementary School 
  • He‘eia Elementary School 
  • Kahalu‘u Elementary School 
  • Kāne‘ohe Elementary School 
  • Kapunahala Elementary School 
  • Pū‘ōhala Elementary School 
  • Waiāhole Elementary School 
  • King Intermediate School 
  • Castle High School 

When and where can I drop off my donation? 

We will have a table staffed with volunteers inside Windward Mall, near the food court, on the following dates/times: 

  • Friday July 14, noon to 9 p.m;
  • Saturday July 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
  • Sunday July 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are unable to drop off your donation during these dates/times, please contact our office to arrange for other options. 

What types of school supplies are you looking for? 

We will gladly accept any and all school-related supplies, however, here is a list of frequently asked for school supplies: 

  • Backpack/School Bag 
  • Pencils, No 2 
  • Pencil Sharpener 
  • Pens (Red, Blue, and Black) 
  • Erasers (Large White) 
  • Crayons 
  • Colored Pencils 
  • Markers (Broad and Fine Tip) 
  • Dry Erase Markers 
  • Permanent Markers/Sharpie (Fine and Extra Fine Tip) 
  • Highlighters 
  • Composition Books (Primary, Wide, and College Ruled) 
  • Folder Paper (Wide and College Ruled) 
  • Folders/Portfolios (with 2 pockets) 
  • 3 Ring Binders (1 inch and 1 ½ inch) 
  • Zippered Pencil/Supply Pouch (for 3 Ring Binders) 
  • Pencil Box 
  • Glue (Liquid and Stick) 
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler 
  • Watercolors 
  • Headphones (Wired) 
  • Slippers (for elementary – high school aged students) 
  • Kleenex Boxes 
  • Hand Sanitizers 
  • Disinfectant Wipes 

If I am unable to donate physical school supplies, but want to provide a monetary donation, where can I do that? 

Please visit the Castle Alumni/Community Association’s website: and click on the “donate” tab. Once on the donation page, please select the amount you would like to donate and then select “school supplies” from the drop down menu. A tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you.  

If I don’t want to donate online, can I donate with cash or check? 

Yes, you can drop off a cash donation at the mall on the event days. 

You can also write a check to “Castle Alumni/Community Association” with “school supplies” written on the memo line and either drop off the check at the mall on the event days or mail your check to: Castle Alumni/Community Association, P.O. Box 4432, Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744. 

Is my donation tax-deductible? 

The Castle Alumni/Community Association is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional to determine deductibility. 

If I have additional questions, who can I speak to?  

Please call our office (Rep. Lisa Kitagawa) at 808-586-8540 or email us at [email protected].