Open Airways for Schools

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
HMSA Foundation
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawaii Electric Light Company
Maui Electric Company
Morgan Stanley Foundation
Department of Health, Hawaii State Asthma Control Program
American Lung Association



Open Airways for Schools graduates from Nanakuli Elementary School 2011

We all want to see our students succeed, but many children with asthma have a harder time doing well in school. The Open Airways For Schools® asthma education program has been shown to help these students better manage their asthma, miss fewer classes, and improve their academic performance. In addition to better grades, graduates of Open Airways For Schools® also demonstrate greater confidence in being able to take care of their health. If you would like to support your students with asthma, contact your nearest American Lung Association office for more information on how your school can get involved!

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Open Airways for Schools graduates from Barbers Pt Elementary School 2011

The American Lung Association’s Open Airways For Schools® program is an innovative asthma education program designed to help children ages 8-11 learn to manage their asthma so they spend more time in the classroom and less time in the emergency room.

In Hawaii more than 30,000 children have asthma, a debilitating disease that causes shortness of breath and sometimes results in death. It is the leading cause of school absenteeism. Children with asthma who do not know how to take care of it are at serious risk. That’s why Open Airways For Schools® was developed. It was tested in elementary schools nationwide and proven effective in reducing the number of asthma episodes and the duration of these episodes. It also helped improved academic performance in many cases.

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Open Airways for Schools graduates from Waialua Elementary School 2011

Read what our friends have been saying about the program!

"These students seem more aware of their asthma triggers and what to do when they get an asthma episode.” - School Health Aide on OAS children

“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to empower children to take better care of their health.” - Open Airways Instructor

“Now I know more about asthma and how to take care of myself when I have trouble breathing.” - Student, age 10

“Since Open Airways has been introduced in our school, we’ve seen fewer absences and trips to the health aide’s office from our students with asthma.” - School Vice-Principal



The Parent Presentation is designed to provide parents, guardians and caregivers with information and strategies for managing their child’s asthma.  By teaching parents, guardians and caregivers more about their child’s asthma, it will help to decrease loss of school days and increase management of asthma and hopefully result to better attendance and grades.
This 90 minute presentation will teach parents:

The importance and proper use of medications
How to handle medical emergencies
Learn to identify “triggers” (environmental conditions or personal situations that initiate an asthma episode), many of which are found in the home
The different signs on how to decide whether their child should stay at home or go to school
For more information or to schedule a presentation at your facility, please contact the office on your Island or Brenda Moniz at (808)537-5966 ext. 211 or