A distinguishing characteristic of public education in Hawaii Kai is the availablity of an International Baccalaureate program from kindergarten through high school. Hahaione Elementary, Niu Valley Middle School and Kaiser High School are three of five such public school programs available statewide.
An International Baccalaureate (IB) certification is a recognition that the school meets additional standards set by a nonprofit educational foundation founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. "Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, IB programs reach more than 1 million students in 144 countries. IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."
One of the hallmarks of an IB education is the world language requirement. At Kaiser High School, the offered languages are Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. There is a catch however. At Niu Valley Middle School which feeds into Kaiser, only Japanese and Mandarin Chinese are offered. Students moving from Niu Valley to Kaiser can only take the language that they were studying in middle school.
For my child, who intends to go to college on the mainland, this meant that he could not study Spanish; Spanish would have been ideal because of its prevalence throughout most of the Continental United States.
You may be wondering who then, can take Spanish at Kaiser. The answer is that the student must fall into one of two categories. (1) a new student transferring into the school who did not attend Niu Valley Middle School; or (2) a student whose native language is the one they were studying at Niu Valley.
In any case, this means that my child now needs to work doubly hard to study Japanese. Having lived on the mainland, none of the language is familiar to him: not the sounds nor the commonly borrowed words we use here in Hawaii.
In any case, this setback seemed the perfect opportunity for me to try and learn Japanese "for real" this time. As a child, like many Hawaii kids, I attended after-school language class and I studied Japanese in high school. Still, I'm far from a conversational level of comfort.
As I discover new resources, I'll post them here. Perhaps it will be useful to others as well.
Niu Valley students wear uniforms, t-shirts purchased from The Custom Company Harbor Center: 98-027 Hekaha Street, Building #3 Unit #12, located in Aiea. Phone number is 845-8811. Shirts will also be available on Payment Fee Day, July 18, 2016.
April 29, 2016: Transition to Middle School Parent Night 5:30pm - 7pm School Cafeteria
July 14, 2016: Parent Orientation Night for New Students 5:30pm - 7PM School Cafeteria
July 18, 2016: Fee Payment Day
Payment Fee Day for 2016-17 School Year
Monday, July 18th, 8:00am – 10:00am, School Cafeteria (12:00noon – 4:00pm School Office)
Purchase school uniforms (The Custom Company is now located in Aiea),
Make deposits into meal time accounts,
Go on student led school tours, and
Pick up Student Schedules (Because the DOE will be having some system changes in July, there is a possibility that schedules will not be ready – only Team assignments. Please check the NVMS website for updates.)
There will be two lines on Monday, July 18:
1) Payment Line: For those who haven't paid school fees yet (EXACT cash or check)
2) Pre-Paid Line: For those who already paid all their fees in advance of the June 26 prepay deadline - please bring white receipt to enter cafeteria in order to deposit into meal account, pick up schedule, take school tour, etc
August 2, 2016: First day of school. Have school supplies available.
Information deemed reliable on the date printed. For updates, please check the Niu Valley Middle School website.
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||
Hawaii Kai Carnival Returns 2016
From EK Fernandez' website:
Open two weekends!
March 18, 19 & 20
March 24, 25, 26 & 27
Fridays, March 18 & 25: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturdays, March 19 & 26: Noon – 11 p.m.
Sunday, March 20: Noon – 10 p.m.
Thursday, March 24: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, March 27: 2:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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. Niu Valley
3. Voyager (Charter)
2. Thompson Academy (Charter)
1. Niu Valley
3. Innovations (Charter)