In 2004, Hawaii's Reinventing Education Act gave school administrators greater control over their budgets. Faced with the pressure to show student performance on standardized tests, many schools had to choose between supporting art or core subject areas.

There is no funding for art education at Sunset Beach Elementary.

In 2009 a group of parents joined together and created Friends of Sunset Beach - a non-profit dedicated to funding the arts Sunset Beach Elementary and in the North Shore community. The money from our fundraising efforts goes toward ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience art education.