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Kainalu Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 13, 2014

Kainalu Elementary School - great, small town school with passionate principal, spectacular tech club, garden club, PTA, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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?


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 14, 2010

great ohana - teachers that care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 6, 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


Posted September 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 14%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 34% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 34%
Two or more races 9% 8%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Black 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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165 Kaiholu St
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 266-7835

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