Schools & Resources

School resources

In order to provide you with the most accurate information possible, I will only be touching on schools within my service areas. These schools are located on the West side of the island and include a mix of both public and private schools. 

As a parent myself, selecting a school was no easy task. Like all parents we had specific concerns and requirements we were seeking when selecting a school. It is important to understand what options are available for your family when considering an area to live in. It is my hope that I can provide a collection of simplified information & resources for you to help you with your research. Please note I did not touch on post-secondary education. Only Pre-K through grade 12.

Outlined below are a few of the Island’s schools. Please note that this list is subject to change as new schools may open and some may close. It is important to check the enrollment cut-offs for most schools. If you are applying for financial, each program will have its own additional cut off dates. Many schools fill up fast and waitlists are not uncommon. My advice is to be as proactive as possible. Start looking into enrollment or changes the year prior if possible. If you are certain of a school of choice. Connect with them, do a site visit, and lock in your spot.

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North Kohala

Hawi, Waimea, & Waikoloa Areas

approximate population of 6,060 people live in North Kohala, where the median age is 48.7 and the average individual income is $40,702. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

North Kohala, Waikoloa, & Waimea Schools - Public

Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School
Kohala Elementary & High School
Waimea Elementary & Middle School
Malamapoki’I
Kanu o Ka ‘Aina Learning Ohana
Kamehameha Preschool
808-883-6808
68-1730 Hooko St, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Elementary & Middle School
For more information please visit https://www.waikoloaschool.org/
808-899-7100
54-3609 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau, HI * Hawi 96755
Elementary school - Highschool
For more information please visit https://www.kohalaelementary.com/
808-887-7636
67- 1225 Hawaii belt rd, Waimea HI 96743
Elementary & Middle School
For more information please visit Elementary https://waimeael.k12.hi.us/
For more information please visit Middle School https://www.wmpccs.org/
808-887-1117
64-1043 Hiiaka St Waimea HI 96743
Early Childhood education
For more information please visit https://www.wmpccs.org/
808-887-1117
64-1043 Hiiaka St Waimea HI 96743
Family Support
To find out more please visit https://kalo.org/
808-982-0950
64-780 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea HI 96743
Preschool
For more information please visit https://www.ksbe.edu/apply/preschool

North Kohala, Waikoloa, & Waimea Schools - Private

Cole Academy
Kohala Adventist School
Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA)
Parker School
Waimea Country School
Tutu & Me
Montessori Education Center – Waimea
Small world Preschool
808-731-3220
68-148 Hoohana St, Waimea HI 96743
Preschool & Daycare
Full time & part time options
Ages 0-6 years
Approx.. tuition $1700 monthly
For more information please visit https://www.thecoleacademy.com/
808-889-5646
55-3361 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi HI 96719
Private Christian school
For more details please visit https://www.koaschool.com/
808-885-7321
Upper & Lower campus locations in Waimea (Kamuela Town)
K-12 Education
HPA is a coeducational, private day & international boarding school in Kamuela. Annual average tuition for lower school $22,000 - $25,000 upper school approx. $30,000. Financial aid programs available.
For more information please visit https://www.hpa.edu/
808-885-7933
Located in Waimea town
k-12 education
Parker school is an independent, coeducational day school for students. Adverage annual tuition approx. $20,000. Financial aid programs available
For more information please visit https://www.parkerschoolhawaii.org/
808-885-0067
65-1237 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea HI 96743
Serving ages 4-12 years old
Average annual tuition approx. $13,400 Tuition and financial aid programs available
For more information please visit https://waimeacountryschool.org/tuition/
808-885-1200
65-1281 Kawaihae Rd Waimea HI 96743
Early childhood education service
Video Link https://vimeo.com/381728385
For more information please visit https://pidf.org/tutuandme/
808-887-9214
65-1197 Opelo Rd Waimea HI 96743
Ages 2-5 years old
Approx. tuition $13,000 with tuition aid programs available
For more information please visit https://waimeamontessori.wixsite.com/mech
808-885-4388
65-1253 Kawaihae Rd Waimea HI 97=6743
Preschool
Part time & Full time programs
Average monthly tuition approx. $1175 0 $1350
Financial aid programs available
For more information please visit https://smallworldpreschool-hawaii.com/
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Kona

Central Kona & surrounding areas

As of April 2024, the population of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii was 19,713 according to Wikipedia. This is an increase from the 2010 census, which recorded a population of 11,975. Kailua-Kona is a tourism hub on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii, and has a small-town feel despite the many cruise ship tourists and seasonal residents

Kona Schools - Public

Holualoa Elementary School
Kealakehe Elementary School
Kohakai Elementary School
Kamehameha School district office
Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA)
Innovations Public Charter School
Kealakehe High School
West Hawaii Explorations Academy Charter School
808-313-3800
76-5957 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa HI 96725
PK - Grade 5
125 Years established. Student ratio 19:4
Video Link https://drive.google.com/file/d/16R5ECM4wIHXv2V6ENzb_DLKbm94R8-g3/view
For more information please visit https://holualoaelementary.k12.hi.us/
808-327-4308
74-5118 Kealakaa street Kailua Kona 96740
PK - 5 & Middle school 6-8
Founded in 1969, 1400 students with an intermediate school close by.
For more information please visit http://kealakehe.k12.hi.us/
808-313-6200
76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive Kailua Kona 96740
PK - Grade 5
40 years established, Student population approx. 660. Student ratio 15:1
808-322-5300
78-6831 Alii Hwy APT 239, Kailua Kona HI 96740
All grade levels
Mission is to fulfill educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry.
Video Link https://www.ksbe.edu/about-us
Website Link https://www.ksbe.edu/
808-675-5444
75-5759 Kuakini Hwy #203 Kailua Kona HI 96740
K-12
Mix of onsite & online learning
Video Link https://www.youtube.com/@HawaiiTechnologyAcademyHTA
For more information please visit https://hi.myhta.org/
808-331-3130
75-5815 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, Kailua Kona HI 96740
Grades K - 8
Founded in 2000. Student body approx. . 240
Student ratio 17:1
Competitive enrollment and lottery style waitlist
Video Link https://vimeo.com/51324162
Website Link https://www.ipcs.info/
808-313-3600
74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua Kona HI 96740
Grades 9 -12
Approx. 1357 Students with a student ratio of 17:1
For more information please visit https://www.khswaveriders.org/
808-327-4751
73-4500 Hahilihili St, Kailua Kona HI 96740
Grades 6 -12
For more information please visit Email: [email protected] Website:
Instagram Link @whea.pcs

Kona Schools - Private

Alakai Academy
Kona Preschool
Creative Day Preschool
Kuleana Education
Makua Lani Christian Academy
Hawaii Montessori School
Akahiao Nature Institute
808-331-800
74-5565 Luhia St Kailua Kona HI 96740
Preschool
Full time & Part time enrollment options
Approx.. tuition $315 per week
Website https://www.alakaiacademy.com/
808-334-0599
74-5100 Palani Rd Kailua Kona HI 96740
Preschool
Inquire for monthly tuition. No website available at this time
808-329-1323
74-4981 Palani Rd Kailua Kona HI 96740
Preschool
No website available at this time please inquire for tuition expenses.
808-374-4902
74-4820 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua Kona HI 96740
K- 8th grade
Full time enrollment
Annual tuition expense approx. $9500 with after school options for approx. $11,000.
Student ratio 10:4
Website Link https://kuleanaeducation.weebly.com/
Scholarship options available
808-329-3093
74-4907 Palani Rd Kailua Kona HI 96740
K-4 and also 5-12 grade levels
Full time enrollment with an approximate annual tuition from $10,000 - $12000 depending on grade level
Student ratio approx. 12:1
Website Link https://makualani.com/
Video Link https://youtu.be/sWWVG98bEZk
808-329-0700
74-978 Manawalea St Kailua Kona HI 96740
Toddler & Primary care programs 18 months - 6 years
Montessori based learning
Average monthly tuition approx. $900-$1150 with financial aid programs available
Waitlist is common
Website Link https://hawaiimontessori.org/admissions#tuition
808-781-4563
72-3667 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua Kona HI 96740
Preschool & Kindergarten
Nature based learning with an average monthly tuition of approx. $1050. Financial aid programs available
Website link : https://www.akahiao.org/
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South Kona

Central Kona & surrounding areas 
As of 2023, the population of South Kohala, Hawaii is 24,426. The population of Kailua-Kona, which is adjacent to South Kona, was 19,713 in 2020. 

South Kona Schools - Public

Kona Pacific Public Charter School
Konawaena Elementary School
Honaunau Elementary School
Ho'okena Elementary School
808-322-4900
79-7595 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750
K-8th Grade
Waldorf Inspired approach
Student ratio approx. 12:1
Competitive enrollment
Website Link https://www.kppcs.org/
808-323-4555
81-901 Onouli Rd, Kealakekua HI 96750
K - 5th Grade - Middle School - High School
Student ratio approx. 14:1
Website Link https://www.konawaenael.k12.hi.us/
808-328-2727
83-5360 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook HI 96704
Elementary School
Website Link https://sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/honaunauelschool/home
808-328-2710
86-4355 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain cook
Elementary School
Website Link https://hookenael.k12.hi.us/

South Kona Schools - Private

Aha Punana Leo
Kona Hongwanji Preschool
Kupa'a Homeschool
Kona Adventist School
Sonshine Preschool & Daycare
808-323-8052
81-1004 Konawaena School Rd Kealakekua HI 96750
Preschool
Website: https://www.ahapunanaleo.org/
808-323-3737
81-6630 Hawaii belt RD Kealakekua HI 96750
Preschool
Part time & Full time enrollment options
Tuition range approx. $600- $800 per month
Website Link https://www.konahongwanji.org/preschool
808-238-0310
81-947 Halekii St Kealakekua HI 96750
Elementary
IG @kupaa_homeschool
Website Link https://www.kupaahomeschool.com/
808-323-2788
82-1013 Kinue Rd Captain Cook HI 96750
K - 8th Grade
Tuition inquires through website
Website Link https://kacs.adventistfaith.org/?_=1715810583532.957
808-323-2463
81-6614 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Preschool & Daycare
Inquire by phone no website

Extracurricular Education

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Customized Curriculum by Kristin Gagnon (Mrs. G)
P: 240-622-5311 E: [email protected] www.customizedcurriculumbykristen.com IG: @customizedcurriculumkristen Video Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkpw5kRcP8&t=1s
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Kumon Math & Reading Center - Kona
P: 808-345-6354 Website Link https://www.kumon.com/kailua-kona/?utm_source=local&utm_medium=gmb&utm_campaign=Kailua%20Hi
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Junior Music Academy - Kona
P: 808-331-2000 Website Link https://juniormusicacademy.com/
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Halu Kala'akeakauikawekiu
Culture based organization founded to heighten indigenous Hawaiian culture & awareness through educational programs and annual performances. P: 808-989-4616 E: [email protected] Website Link https://halaukona.com/
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West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy
P: 808-329-8876 Website Link https://whdt.org/
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SKEA
Offers Art & Cultural experiences in south Kona. P: 808-328-9392 Website Link https://www.skea.org/
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Kona Historical Society
To enrich, inspire, & inform our community and our visitors. P: 808-323-3222 Website Link https://konahistorical.org/
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Kona Dance & Preforming arts
P: 808-657-4473 Website link https://www.konadanceandperformingarts.org/
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The Equine Institute
Online horse health courses P: 808-494-5838 Website link https://equineinstitute.org/

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