Ernest Bowen de Silva Elementary School
Construction of Ainako Elementary School began early in 1959 and was completed by September 1, 1959. Upon the untimely passing of Hawai'i District Superintendent Ernest Bowen de Silva in the spring of 1959, the school was renamed in his memory, a fitting tribute to a distinguished educator, popular sportsman, and respected community leader.
Principal Muriel Isherwood, eleven teachers, and a six member support staff welcomed 349 students on September 2, 1959. Approximately 290 students transferred from Pi'ihonua School which was closed in June 1959.
Dedication of the school was held on Arbor Day. Mrs. Isherwood planted a tree in back of the office. She was helped by kindergartener Darla Ann Araujo, 6th grader Ted Takamura, and PTA President, Mr. Fred Koehnen. Mrs. Francis de Silva also planted a tree in front of the cafeteria on the kindergarten playground.