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Established in 1954, Kahala Elementary School is a nurturing environment that provides a foundation for continuous personal and academic growth. Our teachers have very high expectations and work diligently to ensure each child reaches his/her greatest potential.


Our School Community Council (SCC) monitors the school’s academic and financial plan and provides guidance to the school’s administration. 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.


We communicate regularly with our parents through our school website, weekly communication folders and daily planners. We believe that technology enhances our curriculum, so Kahala Elementary dedicates considerable resources toward technology. Kahala has two PC labs, a Mac lab in the library, as well as iPads and desktop computers and Chromebooks in the classroom. Online programs, such as iXL, Achieve300, Imagine Learning and Accelerated Reader, are a few of the programs students use in school and at home.


Kahala Elementary serves a diverse population of approximately 400 students in grades pre-K through grade 5. We are located in East Honolulu and are a school of choice, meaning that over 50% of our children reside outside of our geographic area. In addition to our rigorous academic program, we support our learners with an intervention program for struggling learners, services for English language learners, counseling for students in need, and special education services. 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.


Kahala Elementary offers an enrichment program for children in grades 3-5 with a focus on teaching children how to solve real world problems, especially around the ideas and practices of sustainability. 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. “A Better Place” is an eight-week Artist in the Schools residency provided to all of our students which uses drama to teach empathy and self-advocacy skills. There is also a wide array of after-school activities to provide our children with a variety of experiences, such as band, art, dance, golf, karate, Mandarin, and hula, to name a few.


We will continue to examine our practice and refine our strategies and delivery to create a successful and enriching school experience through our commitment to Instructional Learning Teams. There are always new challenges facing schools, and we are prepared to meet them with confidence and enthusiasm. E ala! E alu! E kuilima! Join us as we work together for our students’ success!