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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
a great place for any child parents need to support staff, get involved.
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