MSEd Elementary School Administration

Concordia University, Seward, NE (1987)

Lutheran Teacher's Diploma

BSEd Elementary and Secondary Education

Concordia University, Seward, NE (1977)

Pre-Ministrial Training

A.A. St John's College, Winfield, KS (1975)


I have been the Principal at ELS since July 2016.  I am delighted  to have completed my 40th year in Lutheran education here in Maui  at ELS!

I've been blessed to serve in Lutheran Christian schools in Port Huron, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Arlington, Nebraska; Kalispell, Montana; Cornelius, Oregon; North Platte, Nebraska; & Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada!

You know you are in the right profession when you wake up in the morning with a smile knowing you get to do the work you love with a happy heart for the challenges that every day brings! I'm thankful to have the privilege to work with children, parents and staff. Yes, the Lord is good to me! 


Barbara, my wife of 40+ years & I have 4 sons(their wives), and 4 grandchildren. I'm the second of four sons of an LCMS pastor.  An especially fond memory for me is of a visit with my High School Principal while visiting Friendswood, Texas.  When I told him I was an elementary school principal he grinned from ear to ear and said, "You have no idea how it pleases me to think of YOU sitting on the other side of the desk!" --- I used to see him-- lots!!  


In my spare time I enjoy hunting & fishing. I'm learning to share my favorite swimming beach with others (the cove area at Kam III), as well as learning new activities like ukulele lessons with Mr. Winkler & his 3rd Graders!

E - Mail Principal - David Hobus

Mrs. Andrea Kaio - Kindergarten Teacher Choir & Band Director

MAED: Curriculum and Instruction
Christ College/Concordia University, Irvine, CA (2009)

Colloquy Certification/Lutheran Teacher's Diploma
Christ College/Concordia University, Irvine, CA (2003)

BSED: Elementary Education
Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI (1991)

Mrs. Kaio has been teaching kindergarten at Emmanuel Lutheran School since 1995. She considers herself incredibly blessed to be able to share the good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness with her students everyday.


She counts it a privilege and honor to be partnering with parents in helping their children develop a love for learning. She has a passion for music and loves to encourage her students in developing their musical talents to use for God’s glory.


She teaches band and choir at Emmanuel School and, along with her husband, Kaala, helps to lead worship music at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.


She and Kaala have three grown daughters and five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading, surfing and watching movies.


Maile Sjostrand - 1st Grade teacher

 Mrs Sjostrand began attending Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1998 while dating her soon to be husband, Leif.  Mr and Mrs Sjostrand teach Sunday school and continue to support the youth ministry of our church in various capacities.


After being a stay at home mom for eight years, Mrs. Sjostrand chose to return to school, so she could teach at Emmanuel Lutheran. The Lord led her to work in the DOE where she taught first grade for 3 years before a position opened up at Emmanuel in 2016. The DOE experience included opening a new school with new curriculum and new standards. She gained experience by collaborating with teams of first grade DOE teachers with many years of experience and varied backgrounds. She is trained in Reading Wonders and Building Foundational Reading Skills.


Her true passion is math. Working with a new 1st grade math curriculum every year has enabled her to take the best from each.

She has high expectations of her first graders, but really wants to instill in them their love for Jesus, a love for reading, and a love for learning.


Mr & Mrs. Sjostrand have 2 daughters in high school and a middle school son - all alums of Emmanuel Lutheran School.


Diane Wilson - 2nd grade teacher

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin (2001)

​Lutheran Teacher's Diploma

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota (1985)

Mrs. Wilson has been teaching second grade in Lutheran schools for over 30 years. She’s a commissioned teacher in the LCMS and came to Emmanuel Lutheran in the fall of 1988. Before coming to Emmanuel, she taught 2nd grade at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Hutchinson, Minnesota for 3 years.


Mrs. Wilson met her husband, Russell Wilson, while living on Maui. They were married in 1996 and reside in Upcountry Maui.


Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are active Gideon International members. They enjoy placing Bibles throughout the community and spreading God’s Word to others. Mrs. Wilson is also in charge of the Outreach Table each year at the Pumpkin Festival.


She is grateful for the opportunity to share her faith in Christ both in and out of school. In her spare time, she enjoys baking for the Sunday morning Bible Study group, hiking, scuba diving, and volunteering with animal rescue groups on Maui.


She continues to enjoy teaching children and spreading the Word of God to others.


Peter Winkler - 3rd grade Teacher - Musical / Drama Director

M. Ed. in Educational Leadership
University of Portland, Portland, Oregon (1998)

Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Elementary Education
Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin (1978)

Mr. Winkler has been teaching at Emmanuel - Maui for 24 years.  Hawaii has been his home for over 50 years.  He is the son of an Episcopalian minister and continues to be active in his church. 


Teaching is the most rewarding job to Mr. Winkler!  He believes that it is his job to teach students to "learn how to learn."  His philosophy of teaching is that all children have God-given gifts, and it is the job of every teacher to help and encourage children to find those gifts. 


Mr. Winkler has been a teacher for 40 years in all grades from 3 through 12 and has coached at all levels.  He started his teaching career at Epiphany Episcopal School in Honolulu for 2 years, Kamehameha Schools for 11 years, and at Seabury Hall as Athletic Director for 3 years.


In his spare time, Mr. Winkler enjoys cycling, jogging, gym exercise, traveling, theater and spending time with family.


Mrs Barbara Hobus - 4th Grade Teacher

BSN Accelerated Nursing Curriculum 

Creighton University, Omaha, NE (1993)

Lutheran Teacher's Diploma

BSEd Elementary & Special Education

Concordia University, Seward, NE (1977)

Teacher Training A.A. 

St John's College, Winfield, KS (1975)

Mrs Hobus began her teaching career in 1977 by starting up a Resource Room in Port Huron, MI at Holland Woods Intermediate School with 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  She taught 5th grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Lincoln, NE and while raising 4 sons continued to work as a substitute teacher.  During this time she also completed her BSN.  She has been working as an RN since 1993 and has continued be a substitute teacher during this time.  Her last nursing position was in Bellingham, WA teaching nursing students in all clinical areas during their 1st & 2nd years of nursing school.  She also taught Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) at Flathead Community College in Kalispell, MT. Many of her CNA students went on to become RN's & later worked with her as nurses in the hospital.  While in Portland, OR she worked for Providence as a Case & Disease Manager/Care Coordinator, teaching patients how to manage their chronic medical conditions.  Mrs Hobus has also worked in several Surgery Centers (NE, MT, & OR) as a pre/post surgery RN, and at Kalispell Regional Hospital as a staff nurse and labor & delivery nurse.  


She is honored to have the opportunity to teach 4th graders at ELS. 

"I can't wait to partner with ELS parents and teachers as we embrace the academic opportunities for our children/students with thankfulness for what Christ has already done for us!  John 3:16--Jesus is the best & free grace gift for every single one of us!"


Mrs Hobus has been married to David for over 40 years.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, swimming/snorkeling , exploring Maui, fishing, walking, & hiking. 


Miss Sarah Hirsch - 5th Grade Teacher

Bachelor's degree

Elementary Education K to 6th

Concordia University 

St. Paul, Minnesota (2017)   

Lutheran Teacher's Diploma  


Miss Hirsch grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and attended Sioux Falls Lutheran School from kindergarten through 8th grade. 


Her interest in Spanish culture led her to study Spanish and History in Barcelona, Spain during her fourth year of college.


Miss Hirsch enjoys traveling, eating delicious food, listening to Spanish music, and spending time with friends and family. 


Mrs Chloe Fletcher - Middle School Teacher 6th Grade Teacher

M. Ed. in Educational Leadership

STEAM focus

Concordia University, Portland (2019)

Bachelor's Degree

Elementary Education 

emphasis in Middle School Mathematics

Utah State University (2013)

Colloquy Certification/ Lutheran Teacher's Diploma

Christ College Concordia University (2016)

Irvine, CA

Mrs. Fletcher started teaching in 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran School in Salt Lake City, Utah. After four years as a first and second grade teacher, she joined the faculty of Emmanuel Lutheran School in Maui in 2017 as the sixth grade teacher.  


Mrs. Fletcher has a love for both the arts and math/science. She enjoys playing piano, guitar, ukulele, and singing with others. You can find her each week playing for Chapel and Sunday Worship at Emmanuel. In addition, her recent Master's degree in STEAM has empowered her to teach more hands on and engaging math and science with her class. She's been blessed to also teach a STEAM class for the fifth grade class. 


When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with her family, including her husband Steven Fletcher, step children Sophia and Isaiah, and kitties Isabel and Amelia. She also enjoys spending time at the beach and exploring the local sights of Maui.


Mr. Brad Royuk - Middle School Teacher 7th Grade Teacher

Lutheran Teacher's Diploma

BS Secondary Education

emphasis in Vocal Music and Physics

Concordia University (1993)

Seward, NE

Mr Royuk comes from a family of teachers with roots in Nebraska.  He has been teaching in Lutheran schools for over 25 years - in Seattle, Baltimore, and now Maui. 


Mr Royuk loves working with middle schoolers, who he says are an interesting mix of rational and irrational, saint and sinner, and who laugh at his middle-school jokes. 


He is thankful for the opportunity to share Jesus and the world with young people at such an important time in their lives.  Mr Royuk enjoys being involved with his church family, be it in Bible study, music, or social events. 


He also likes to garden, hike, snorkel, taste new foods, and travel.



Mr. Joshua Rempfer - Middle School Teacher 8th Grade Teacher

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

with Administrative Credential (K-12)

Western Governors University (2016)


Master of Science in Secondary Math Education

University of Utah (2013)


BSEd Elementary Education with Math Concentration

LTD Diploma

Concordia University - Seward (2001)


Mr. Rempfer has been a teacher (or administrator) for nearly 20 years.  He’s a commissioned teacher in the LCMS and came to Emmanuel Lutheran in the fall of 2017. Before coming to Emmanuel, he taught 5th-8th grade at St. Paul Lutheran School in Ogden, UT for 8 years.  He also taught 2nd grade, 7th grade, and worked as Assistant Principal at a charter school in Ogden for 8 years.


Mr. Rempfer met his wife, Koryna, while teaching at St. Paul.  They have 3 children, Braun, Bailey, and Bridger.  


Mr. Rempfer loves teaching (especially Math).  He and his family feel very blessed to be at ELS and love living on Maui.  They enjoy going to Haleakala to hike or watch the sunset and hanging out at the beach.  Mr. Rempfer loves to watch just about every sport.  He also enjoys playing golf.


Lihau Lewis - Preschool Director

Lihau Lewis was born and raised on Maui.  She is an alumnus of Emmanuel Lutheran School, attending from 1991-1998.  She grew up at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and is a current active member. Lihau graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2010 where she attained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Art Education.  She also received a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma from CUNE. Before starting her family, she taught for three years at two Lutheran schools (3rd - 5th grade) and one charter school (3rd and 6th). Along with regular classroom teaching duties, she was involved with teaching P.E., computer class, school musicals, athletics and a variety of school events.  Since moving home last year, Lihau has worked at Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool working as an Aide, Teacher and now Director. She trained for four months under our previous Preschool Director, Penny Spangler. Lihau completed all state requirements for the Preschool Director position and has taken over much of the responsibility since Mrs. Spangler retired in December 2018..  She looks forward to continuing to work in our school’s ministry for years to come!



Desi Omura Pre-School Aide & Elementary School Teacher Aide

Carrie Davenport - E-Plus & Intersession Director/Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Davenport began working for the YMCA’s After School Program at Emmanuel in 1994.   A couple of years later she approached the Principal with a proposal that ELS run the program -  it’s been part of ELS ever since!  As the director of the program, Mrs. Davenport works closely with the Dept. of Health to ensure that we meet all standards to maintain our license.


Mrs. Davenport, originally from Long Beach, California, moved to Maui in 1991.  In 1992, she met and married her husband, Jesse, here on Maui. In 1998, they had their first and only child, a daughter. She stepped away for a few years when Anna was young, to be a mom, but always kept in touch with ELS.  God blessed her by bringing them back to Emmanuel in 2007. Anna attended ELS from the 4th through 8th grade.


“I continue to feel blessed to be an ELS staff member.  Emmanuel is my family away from my family!  I believe there is so much more to give a child beyond the classroom environment.  I’m so very thankful God has chosen me to share this special time of day as a gift to our ELS children through the E-Plus After School Program! “


In her spare time Mrs. Davenport enjoys getting out and exploring the island with her adventurous husband, swimming and living in Kula.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6.

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