• Just released [Hawaii Department of Education] April 18, 2016

    Aiea Sun., May 22 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Anuenue Sat., May 21 10:30 AM School Campus  
    Baldwin Fri., May 20 6:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
    Campbell Sat., May 14 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Castle Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
    Connections Sat., May 28 6:00 PM Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium Charter
    Education Laboratory Fri., May 20 5:30 PM Andrews Outdoor Theatre - UH at Manoa Charter
    Farrington Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Amphitheater  
    Hakipuu Learning Center Sat., May 28 5:30 PM Paliku Theatre, WCC Charter
    Halau Ku Mana Sat., May 21 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Hana Sat., May 21 3:30 PM School Field  
    Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Fri., May 20 4:00 PM HAAS PavilionSchool Campus Charter
    Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind Wed., May 25 5:30 PM School Campus  
    Hawaii Technology Academy Tues., May 24 5:00 PM Hawaii Okinawa Center, Legacy Ballroom Charter
    Hilo Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
    Honokaa Sat., May 21 10:00 AM The Armory/Gymnasium  
    Kahuku Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM BYUH Cannon Center  
    Kailua Sat., May 21 6:00 PM School Football Field on Campus  
    Kaimuki Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Waikiki Shell  
    Kaiser Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Field  
    Kalaheo Thurs., May 26 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall  
    Kalani Tues., May 24 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
    Kamaile Academy Thurs., May 19 5:30 PM Kamaile Field/School Campus Charter
    Kanu o ka 'Aina Fri., May 27 10:00 AM Mana Christian Ohana Hall Charter
    Kapaa Fri., May 20 6:30 PM Kapaa New Town Ball Park  
    Kapolei Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Kau Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Kauai Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Vidinha Stadium  
    Kawaikini Sat., May 28 11:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Ke Ana La'ahana Sun., May 29 10:00 PM Kawananakoa Gymnasium Charter
    Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino Fri., May 20 12:00 PM Minoru Inaba Baseball Field  
    Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau Sat., May 21 12:00 PM School Campus Charter
    Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Tues., May 24 9:00 AM Hawaiian Church in Waimea Charter
    Keaau Fri., May 20 4:30 PM School Stadium  
    Kealakehe Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Kealakehe High School Football Field  
    Kihei Fri., May 27 5:00 PM Maui Nui Golf Club Charter
    King Kekaulike Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Kohala Sat., May 21 3:00 PM Kamehameha Park - Hisaoka Gymnasium  
    Konawaena Sat., May 21 9:00 AM Julian Yates Athletic Field  
    Kua o ka La Fri., May 20 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Fri., May 13 9.00 AM School Campus Charter
    Lahainaluna Sun., May 22 6:30 PM Sue D. Cooley Stadium  
    Lanai Sat., May 21 2:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Laupahoehoe Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Gymnasium Charter
    Leilehua Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Maui Sat., May 21 5:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
    McKinley Sun., May 22 5:00 PM School Campus  
    Mililani Sun., May 15 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Moanalua Fri., May 20 5:30 PM School Stadium  
    Molokai Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Myron B. Thompson Academy Fri., May 27 5:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Charter
    Nanakuli Sat., May 21 5:00 PM School Stadium  
    Olomana Tues., May 24 10:30 AM School Campus (HYCF)  
    Pahoa Sun., May 22 5:30 PM Civic Auditorium (Hilo)  
    Pearl City Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Radford Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Roosevelt Sat., May 21 6:30 PM School Stadium  
    Waiakea Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
    Waialua Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
    Waianae Fri., May 20 6:00 PM WHS Raymond Torii Field  
    Waimea Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Front Lawn  
    Waipahu Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
    West Hawaii Explorations Academy Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Campus





  • Great news:  College enrollment is absolutely achievable after graduation from Hawaii public schools.  

    From the latest data available, graduates of University High, Kalani and Kaiser were the most likely to be enrolled in college 16 months later..  For these schools, the Class of 2013 16-month College Enrollment Rate (%) holds at 91, 85 and 84 percent respectively. Also among Hawaii public schools with at least three out of four, i.e. 75%, enrolled in college are Hawaii Technology Academy, Roosevelt, Moanalua, Kalaheo and Mililani.  For more detail, click on this spreadsheet link.



  • Top Ranked Public Schools for STRIVE HI testing, 2014-2015 School Year

    Source file: Hawaii DOE (spreadsheet)




    1. Waikiki

    2.  Momilani

    3.  Noelani

    Middle School

    1. Niu Valley

    2. Kaimuki

    3. Voyager (Charter)

    High School

    1. Mililani

    2. Thompson Academy (Charter)

    3. Roosevelt



    1. Kaelepulu

    2.  Waikiki

    3.  Noelani

    Middle School

    1. Niu Valley

    2. Moanalua

    3. Innovations (Charter)

    High School

    1. Roosevelt

    2. Moanalua

    3. Kalani




  • Recently I received a number of inquiries regarding math tutors in Hawaii. I'm looking for one for my kids too, but I also remembered that the University of Hawaii provides free tutors through their Online Learning Academy  (OLA). Their generous hours are from Monday through Friday: 9am to 10pm; Sunday: 5pm to 10pm and Closed on all State Holidays  That means that even your last-minute child can get help from OLA.

    Here are the details you need to know:

    • Eligibility: All Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) students statewide.
    • Tutors:  Undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Hawaii majoring in Math and Science related fields.
    • How to receive tutoring: Sign-in at their website.  Login with just a first name.  The first available tutor will be matched with you.

    That's it.  You can use OLA tutoring for help on a science fair project, for test review, homework help and more.

    By the way, OLA also offers writing services.  Go to the same website and login to receive an online appointment for a later time.

  • Once again, by accident, I happened upon a useful report from the Hawaii Department of Education.  This report (attachment in PDF available at the end of the article) is for the 2013-2014 school year and provides metrics and demographics for Niu Valley Middle school.  A full set of reports for all Hawaii public schools is available at: http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/ssir/ssir.html

    The report is a tight and comprehensive overview of each of the schools and contains vital information about the facility.  For Niu Valley, the report indicates that enrollment is up. Fall enrollment for 2013-2014 was 891 versus 816 for the 2012-2013 school year.  Demographically, the school is a quarter (25.5 percent) White, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Hispanic and the remainder primarily some iteration of Asian or Pacific Islander.Student Ethnicity Niu Valley Middle School 2013 2014


    Parental education, a statistic I track because of the correlation between educational standards and student performance, looks much like the Census figures reported earlier.  The source for these data are also from the Census, so one would expect a great degree of similarity showing the higher levels of education in the Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley and Aina Haina areas.

    Comunity Educational Attainment Level for Niu Valley Middle

    These are just quick observations and snippets of the report.  As a whole, this report has a lot to offer, and is a quick read for understanding the foundation of the school and its neighboring community.  Included in the report are teacher, parent and student assessments of school quality, discipline (suspensions), and test scores.  The report was released January 9, 2015.



    The U.S. Department of Education has named six Hawaii semi-finalists for this year's 2015 Presidential Scholar award. They are:

    • HI ‐ Hana ‐ Jack V. Wolfgramm, Wolfgramm Home School
    • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Andrew M. Chun, Roosevelt High School
    • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Tianzhen Nie, Kaiser High School
    • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Liz M. Tenrai, Punahou School
    • HI ‐ Kamuela ‐ Harmony M. Graziano, Hawaii Preparatory Academy
    • HI ‐ Kaneohe ‐ Sierra K. Hirayama, Kamehameha High School‐Kapalama

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

    Congratulations to these high school seniors on their year of achievement.

  • Hawaii's schools have notoriously short summer breaks.  For public schools, the school year ends at the end of May and reconvenes in the later part of July.  Many parents ask what options are available.  I've begun compiling an informal listing of programs and links which can be found here.


    You'll also find access through the top menu as a subcategory under Education.


  • Parents, imagine that your government gave you tax dollars to custom fit and finance your child’s K-12 education.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Arizona did just that in 2011 and Florida followed suit in 2014.   The way it works is this:  The government gives you 90 percent of what it would have spent and you design your child’s education around it.  Whatever you don’t spend you can save for future educational use.  The plan can be as flexible as your State Legislature designs.  For instance, in Arizona, items such as therapeutic horseback lessons may be eligible.

    Conservatives and Libertarians are wild about Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) and, apparently, so too are cash-strapped States.  At least ahalf-dozen states from Virginia to Oklahoma will bring a bill to the floor soon; Georgia’s vote is imminent.

    On its face, it’s a great idea: a real win-win.  

  • An often cited study warns against too much homework.  "Our findings on the effects of homework challenge the traditional assumption that homework is inherently good" wrote Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a co-author of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Education, [article by Clifton B. Parker]

    While excessive homework may be a issue, the bigger question is how much homework is too much, and does it apply to Hawaii schoolchildren?  Schools in the above study averaged more than three hours per day.  The lowest school mean was 2.38 hours per night and the highest was 3.59.  On the surface, there appears to be a large disconnect between the Silicon Valley culture and Hawaii: I can't fathom my children studying an average of three hours a day outside of school.

    Surprisingly, it appears that one Hawaii school does.