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Kailua, HI
Students enrolled: 470
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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165 Kaiholu St
Kailua, HI 96734

(808) 266-7835
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October 15, 2014
This is by far the best school I've ever seen! I find that every staff member here puts the children first. They are always happy and smiling and they stop at nothing to ensure ALL KIDS have exactly what they need to flourish! The school has different events almost weekly that are fun for the whole family and the teachers are just amazing. Every single one of them is wonderful and my kids have progressed so much here & we owe all our thanks to them. Coming from homeschooling we were all nervous about the transition but I cannot imagine ever doing that in another place. There really arent enough great words to describe just how wonderful this school is. There is no other school quite like this one anywhere. The school itself, the staff, the students, the other parents..the HEART here is unlike anything I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
My children have attended Kainalu for the past 4 years. Caring teachers surround them, holding the children s well being as the most important aspect of learning. Thru collaboration with ` ina in Schools, each grade level has curricula that relates the garden to food, science, culture, art, story telling, & diet. Other collaborative efforts are Tails of Aloha, Sustainable Coastlines HI, Plastic Free Hawaii, Royal Hawaiian Band, Olelo TV, Special Friends, YMCA, National History Day, Science Fair, Junior Police Officers, Speech Festival, & still more! One favorite assignment is Biography Day, in grade 3, when each student dresses as their favorite historical figure & acts out a life story, which they have researched & written. Students classrooms studies are enhanced with a wide array of field trips to which relate studies to the place they live. Children test into the Gifted program at Kainalu, involving them in film-making, science projects, & National History Day. With this, they have won Olelo film awards, & even travelled to Washington DC, as NHD finalists. Curious? Check out the Kainalu PTA facebook page, & see what the school is up to now!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
Both of my children attend Kainalu and we couldn't be happier! The teachers, staff, PTA, and volunteers go the extra mile to ensure high quality learning and a positive community.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Our daughter has been at Kainalu Elementary for her entire elementary school career. She will be graduating from the 6th grade in a couple of weeks. We will truly miss this school that has provided so many opportunities for her to learn so much! Kainalu has a wonderful GT program, and our daughter participated in National History Day, Olelo, Robotics, Science Fair, Tech Club, Student Government, and many other after school activities. The teachers really give their all to see that their students thrive. I know this has been the best choice of a school for our daughter because she recently competed with kids from private schools for scholarships, and she won. This says a lot for Kainalu Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Kainalu Elementary School - great, small town school with passionate principal, spectacular tech club, garden club, PTA, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Kainalu Elementary Great for the first 4 years with encouraging and supportive teaching. Wonderful extracurriculars & opportunities for the students to shine & develop confidence. Final 2 years seem bent on destroying all that was gained with badgering, bullying, and repression. A sense of humor, acceptance, & alliance goes a long way in dealing with pre-teens. These qualities promote the continued zest for learning that is fostered in the early years. Why nurture confidence & then destroy it in the end?

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2013
My daughter attended Kainalu for Kindergarten and is now in first grade, and we are happy with the school. We're a military family here for three years and researched the few pockets of good public schools in Oahu. We chose to live in Kailua because of this and love Kainalu. My daughter had classes in Hawaiian cultural studies and an after-school program in Mandarin Chinese. She's learning a lot in core subjects and challenged along the way. Her teachers had 10+ and 20+ years of teaching experience and were great partners in learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
We are a military family and had heard negative reports about Hawaii's public schools. Nothing could be further from the truth at Kainalu. We absolutely love this school. The curriculum is the most challenging our kids (4th and 5th grade) have ever had. We have seen no teaching to standardized tests here - instead they are focused on skills that kids will need in life - critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, speaking and presentation skills. The teachers are fabulous and obviously dedicated to the kids and the principal is always present at every event, cheering the kids on. I wish our kids had started here in kindergarten and wish they could finish the rest of their elementary years here!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
Exceeded my expectations for my two boys. Between the two of them, we experienced K - 3 and I would recommend this elementary school over other area schools based on my experiences. Approachable & professional teachers along with a dedicated support staff allow this school to bust the myth regarding Hawaii schools being bad. The principal encourages parents to get involved and volunteer. The philosophy at this school is that they are a partner in our children's education to support us as parents. The facilities may not look pretty but the environment is safe, welcoming, warm and the kids enjoy being on campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
I have two kids that go to Kainalu and they love it. So do I. The curriculum is strong, there are lots of extra curricular and other activities that keep the families involved with the school in a fun and informative way. The student body is great as well, a lot of good, nice, smart kids with good parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
We are SO happy that this is the school in our neighborhood. All sorts of family stuff going on that makes for a very community feeling school!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
My daughter is currently in 5th grade and has attended Kainalu since Kindergarten She especially enjoys all of the extracurricular activities. She is involved in the environmental Green Team, Chorus, Morning News Tech Club, and Zumba. They have stepped up their academics in the past few years and seem to have a rigorous and dynamic curriculum with a strong focus on Language Arts and Math. We enjoy all of the family functions and love the feeling of ohana. Many, many, many wonderful teachers and students!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
great ohana - teachers that care!

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April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 05, 2009
I moved my son from a nearby school and he is VERY happy at Kainalu. When picking him up at the beginning of the year, he had a skip in his step, and he kept thanking me over and over for sending him to Kainalu. He likes his teacher and pretty much everything. And he just loves his PLAYTIME in the afterschool program. I feel so relaxed when I pick him up. I feel that happiness in school is so important, and it has to be real and spontaneous. Kainalu has that, and more. My son can be a challenge on occation and could use extra help in reading, but he's coming along. Kainalu is a happy place, just as an elementary school should be. The principal and vice principal are in the weave of the fabric. Who needs the directives of the BOE ? 5 stars! He still loves it.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
I am very pleased with the staff and teachers at Kainalu. The Principal and Vice Principal show their love for the kids, many times when i used to drop off my daughter the Vice Principal Mr.Graham would be out in the front of the school greeting all the kids dropped off by car or bus. He was warm and funny and knew most of the kids by name. Ms. Sunabe was always warm and friendly as well as the administration staff. The teachers my daughter has had would keep me informed of her strengths and weaknesses and always asked how they can help her more as far as working together (we had to make adjustments in Kindergarten with her). The school sends her home every night except Friday with homework and on Thursdays she brings home a folder with flyers regarding information of whats going on at Kainalu. Overall it's Excellent.

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May 18, 2008
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March 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
My daughter attended Kainalu from Kindergarden through 6th grade and every teacher was a gem! The office staff are great and I could not have found a better school public OR private. The feeling of family continues to this day. We still visit Kainalu, even though my daughter is in 9th grade now.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
The academic program at this school is awesome. The third grade teachers are especially strong in both teaching and very nurturing.overall the teachers all seem to care and go the extra mile to help the students. I especially like the schoolwide R.Log and they also have good test results on the HSA.As a parent and volunteer, I know that the 3rd, and 4th grade teachers are solid and are consistent in what they are teaching amongst their grade level.The only downside is the playground is 'bare'.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
I love what Kainalu elementary has shown my 5th grader. We are so blessed to be apart of a school that shows so much interest in their student ohana. Walk through the halls and feel the aloha. The teachers, EA's, administration and cafetorial staff are absolutely wonderful. What a gem we have stumbled upon. We count ourselves lucky when it comes to the education of our child @ Kainalu. The AGT program is so in tact, so productive, and we as parents are thrilled to have our child here! One visit will have you hooked. Check it out for yourselves!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
We moved here from Southern California in a community where the public schools are excellent. I used this website to target the community we wanted to send our 3 kids to school. Kainalu has an awesome PTA, Principal and a fabulous afterschool program with lots of fun, innovative choices for the kids.

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August 05, 2007
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no rating July 28, 2007
The 4th grade teachers showed no communication with the parents, they showed no support to our kids.. I would not recommend this school.....

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2006
Kainalu is a Gem! Simply stated. You have to be here and be a part of Kainalu to see for yourself! I've been here for 5 years and I remain very impressed!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Kainalu has been a part of our lives for the last 5 years. I love the super friendly atmosphere, and cheerfulness of staff members. It helps to make it easy to be around the school. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the wonderful spirit of Aloha that is Kainalu! The teachers my 4th grader has had thus far have been instrumental in the growing process of learning for him. I know its a testament to not only parenting, but to the nutruring nature of his teachers. Anyone who comes here can see how lucky the parents of Kainalu are to be a here. The AGT, Student Council, Chorus, Hula, PTA, and KidBiz300 programs make Kainalu special. If only Kainalu went up to 12th grade. I never want to leave. My 4th grader has made lifetimes friends here. We are forever fans of Kainalu..Go Dolphins!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
Kainalu has a good group of teachers. The staff in the front office is welcoming and knowledgable. Priniciple and VP really have a love for the school and the students. The parent participation is low but the ones involved work very very hard for both the student and staff to make Kainalu great. Wonderful afterschool programs, all unique and inviting. PTA is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My son has attended Kainalu since kindergarten and is currently in 3rd grade. I love that it's 'hidden' in the Kailua community (not on busy highway or congested area). It's a very safe and relaxed campus which promotes learning. Kainalu's teachers (regular & special ed) are caring and professional. The academic programs offered are Hawaii standard/required courses. Kainalu is special in that they offer a variety of after-school programs (ukulele, hula, chorus, percussion,lego robotics, japanese, magic, comic book creation,brain child/study hall) all instructed by volunteer teachers & staff. These programs are wonderful and make for more creative and happy kids! Kainalu has an active PTA and as with any school, parent involvement is key. It's not just the school's responsibility to teach your child; parents and students are equally responsible for learning. Aloha!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
As far as the academic aspect of Kainalu, I am somewhat satisfied with my daughters 1st grade education. Her teacher is a wonderful woman, and I think she is doing a good job, however, all of the kindergarten teachers from the previous year, teach at an inconsistent rate. For example, I knew a child in another kindergarten class that had at least 2 writing assignments each night, while my daughters teacher sent maybe one home every other day. Now I know all children are different, but even my daughters current teacher has said that she has noticed a significant difference in reading and writing skills in the children who attended different classes. Aside from that, the school has great parent involvment, great after school programs, and a very caring staff...MUCH better than the school on MCBH.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
My daughter attends Kindergarten at Kainalu. So far it has been a great learning experience for her! They have great parent involvement, friendly staff, and afterschool programs, and even workshops for the whole family. There is nothing bad I can say, this school is amazing and the staff there do a wonderful job! About the music and art not being taught until the 5th grade, that's for the students who want to sign up for it later as an extracurricular activity. Music and art are being learned in the classroom. It's just not what done everyday.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
The quality of some of the academic programs are acceptable. Some of the teachers need to put forth more of an effort to teach towards better standards and be accountable for the students that are struggling. The Music program is wonderful, with the exception of not learning an instrument starting in 5th grade. There is not really an art program only a traveling artist and what the teacher does in cleass. Parent involvement is in the middle, there is also involvement form the local Marine Corps base as alot of military children attend this school. It is a mediocre school that needs more programs available to the students. At least Kainalu is a better choice of school than the one on MCBH.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Kainalu is nicely multicultural, unlike many of Hawaii's schools where Caucasians are under-represented. There is a strong feeling of identity with the school. It is in one of the most scenic settings in all of Oahu, and the grounds are one of the largest for an elementary school. Events are frequent and there is an active PTA. By mainland standards, academics are barely above average, but for Hawaii this is a very good school. My kids are perhaps happier here than at one of the private schools in the area, though. Lanikai (a nearby charter school) has more extra-curricular programs available and is perhaps a bit more academically rigorous (with an excellent new principal in 2004). Overall, my kids love this school and in fact other parents have moved their kids to this school from other schools. There is a good after-school program (A plus) on school grounds.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
I am a sixth grader at Kainalu and I just wanted to say that its a excellent school and I recomend coming to Kaianlu to any one.

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January 25, 2005
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December 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
My daughter is attending Kainalu for the first time this year as a third grader and my wife and I could not be happier so far with the level of education she is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
a great place for any child parents need to support staff, get involved.

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Kainalu Elementary School
165 Kaiholu St, Kailua, HI  96734
(808) 266-7835
Last modified Kainalu Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kainalu Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top