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Established in 1954, Kahala Elementary School is a nurturing environment that provides a foundation for continuous personal and academic growth for all its keiki.  Our teachers have high expectations and work diligently to ensure each child reaches his/her greatest potential. Kahala Elementary serves a diverse population of approximately 425 students in grades pre-K through grade 5. Kahala has been a Recognition School, having scored well on state indicators, and we continue to score above the complex area and state averages. We are located in East Honolulu and are a school of choice, meaning that over 40% of our children reside outside of our geographic area but choose to attend our school to take advantage of our academic and enrichment opportunities.


Kahala has an enthusiastic and active parent-teacher organization (PTO) that supports our school’s efforts to provide an enriching curriculum.  They directly fund several of our part-time teachers, including our art teacher, music teacher, and PE teacher. 


Technology enhances learning, so Kahala Elementary dedicates considerable resources toward technology. Online programs, such as iXL, Achieve3000, Imagine Learning, and Accelerated Reader are a few of the programs students use in school and at home. Our library is the hub of our campus and features a Makerspace and Student Café.


Our school is dedicated to the social and emotional learning of our students as well. We have adopted a schoolwide SEL curriculum called Choose Love. We are also using Habits of Mind to enhance our capacity to create capable and mindful students able to successfully navigate an ever-changing world. An eight-week Artist in the Schools residency is provided to all of our students which uses drama to teach empathy and self-advocacy skills. In addition, we implement a multi-tier student support system which emphasizes positive relationships and behavior expectations.


Our students have opportunities to develop leadership and civic-mindedness through various classroom activities and service groups such as Student Council, Library Service Club, and Office Service Club. The AINA In Schools program is conducted throughout the year in all grade levels where students learn about sustainability. There are also a wide array of after-school activities such as band, art, hula, golf, karate, and robotics.


We continually reflect on and refine our practices to create a successful and enriching experience for everyone in our school community.  There are always new challenges facing schools and we are prepared to meet them with confidence and enthusiasm.  


‘A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. No task is too big when done together by all.