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Kailua, HI
Students enrolled: 511

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281 Ilihau St
Kailua, HI 96734

(808) 254-7944
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November 13, 2014
This school is much better when compared to my child's previous school, however the SSC leaves a lot to be desired. She is very confrontational and belittles most of what the parents and other professionals say. I have left every meeting feeling like my child was put on the back burner for another month or 2 while they "gather more information". If your child has special needs and you don't already have an established 504 or IEP, you may want to consider your options elsewhere or prepare for a year long battle. My child had a 504 at our last school on the mainland and there was not this much difficulty. The SSC was actually helpful and tried to accommodate in every way possible for our child. Not the case here. I am giving them 2 stars based on the difficulties we have had with the SSC. Anyone with a special needs child understands how important this is & is heavily considered when choosing a school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
Lot of hype. No substance. It looks like the school staff has been posting positive reviews to offset the actual reviews. Doesn't surprise me much. These are not the people you want educating your children.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
Aikahi is an outstanding school. My daughter is challenged and enjoys going to school. The teachers are inspiring and knowledgeable! The administration team is friendly and supportive. One of the best schools is Hawaii!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We are military family whose kids attended kindergarten. So military friendly and very understanding to the kids who have parents deployed or have frequent travel. Mrs. Hansen was an amazing teacher for my kids. We since moved to the mainland and they were either at or above reading and math levels as the other kids in their school. Very positive Hawaii public school experience!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
The teachers continually tell me that my children are not their responsibility. They have no safety concerns whatsoever. They have first year teachers who are not informed about safety and procedure. One teacher said this exactly: "I checked with the office and they said I don't have to know where your child is when they leave my room". Do not send your children to this school until these teachers are better trained and take accountability for the safety of the children. I'm disgusted that any school would openly admit that they don't care what happens to your children.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We came from the mainland fully aware of the challenges of finding good education at public schools in Hawaii. This is our third year at Aikahi and are very pleased. We are happy with the new principal. There is also a new vice principal. This position didn't exist before. Our kids have had some very good teachers. Another recent addition is a music teacher that has really inspired our kids. I like the strong sense of community at Aikahi. Parents are very involved, which is probably one the major reasons for Aikahi doing so well compared to other public schools. The PTA is doing some really good things. In regard to some old comments below, there were a number of anti-bulling efforts implemented in the last year. I believe things are better now.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
My son has attended Aikahi for 4 years. One of the best things about the school is the size. I love the small environment and that everyone knows everyone. All the teachers and staff get to know the kids and parents personally. Most of the parents also try to get involved in many of the programs and really create a sense of community. I have been very happy with the school and my son has thrived! Aikahi is one of the best schools in Hawaii.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
This principal is definitely pointing Aikahi in the right direction. She's not perfect but who is. I'm glad we chose Aikahi for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
New principal much better. PTA has good leadership. Parents need to be more involved. It's the same parents volunteering every year.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
The new principal is just what the school needed to excel. She has a clear vision and is already moving the school in a positive direction. Excellent teachers, supportive PTA, and hard working students

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
My child has gone to this school for 3 years. The teachers are fair and the kids work and play well together. My child is happy here and motivated to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
This school is so over rated! Yes, many teachers are excellent but without an excellent environment to thrive in it's difficult for all involved. Bullying is bad. (and no. Bullying isn't everywhere if nipped in the bud immediately!) Mama drama even worse. And the extra programs offered are for after school only when many kids are off doing their sports. And if you are not a member of the PTSA, forget involvement, cuz the group is very clicky. We bit the bullet and switched to private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Aikahi is simply stated top-notch. Yes, Hawaii public education is lacking in various ways when compared to the mainland, which is why Aikahi sets itself apart from other public schools by offering a tremendous, unique, and diverse after-school enrichment program. Parents who do not get involved with volunteering regularly, PTSA, helping with school events, etc. seem to be the unhappy ones. Your child's educational experience is in large part what YOU as parents make of it with your involvement. Bullying can happen anywhere. It is NOT a bigger problem at this school relative to any other school in Hawaii, quite the contrary. Those that choose to homeschool, so be it....you are missing out on a valuable, irreplaceable, real-world social, cultural and educational experience in this wonderful community. VERY military-friendly school with some fantastic teachers and volunteers. I, as so many others, am PROUD to be an Aikahi parent!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
Note to those who honestly express opinions that contain elements of truth (regarding the administration in this school). Trying to share resources with other families who may have had similiar experiences is apparently not permitted (must have missed that in the terms of use and school review guidelines). Your post will mysteriously vanish into cyberspace (as 2 of mine have). Has anyone else had this experience? Hmmmmmm? Just wondering what they have to hide? Apparently factual information is seen as threatening and/or dangerous. LOL

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
I searched out the best school we could find when moving here with the military. We jumped through hoops to get our kids into Aikahi. It was a mistake. The bottom line is that the principal tolerates and protects bullies, and the academics are far behind a basic public school in the rural south. I know 3 separate families, 4 including my own, who now home school their children because Aikahi Elementary failed them. Teachers there seem nice and work hard, but bullies ruin the atmosphere for learning and no one does anything meaningful to stop it. Even with multiple investigations the only outcome was lip service, and in so many words, blaming the victims. Subsequently, these 4 families had their children in counseling to deal with the bullying, but the bullies were not only tolerated, but unaffected by the school s response. Academically, we found the curriculum quite unremarkable, particularly in math (Everyday Math with few supplements), history (none that I saw), and science. The gifted program was challenging in Language Arts. On the positive side, your child will learn hula and the kids enjoyed art and the cool playground, if they are not being bullied on it.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
We are a military family and have been on-island for 6 months. We specifically rented a home within this school district based on everything we read. Aikahi seemed like top-notch school. And it is. However, I do think that a lot of the information floating around out there is dated. Aikahi likes to tout the fact that it was a Blue Ribbon School. This is a great accomplishment to be sure, but it should be noted that since this was awarded the school's principle has changed. I am very pleased with my children's teachers, however, the principle Ms. Kong leaves a lot to be desired. I walk my children to school, volunteer regularly, and have lunch with them about twice a month. Since the school year began (6 months ago) I have seen her TWICE on an ordinary day (walking the hall). She is never outside in the morning to greet the children, I've never seen her in the cafeteria, and have yet to witness her saying your typical "Bye, have a good night and don't forget to do your homework". I have been to the two coffees she has held (one about the academic software the students use, and one about next year's budget). I worry that her lack of leadership will pull this school down.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
My son attended Aikahi from Kindergarten - 2nd grade. We absolutely LOVED it. Yes...the principal is a bit scatterbrained, but the teachers and PTSA is fantastic! If we move back to Hawaii, we would definitely consider coming back to Aikahi. VERY MILITARY FRIENDLY!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
We chose to pull our children from this school. There was a fairly minor incident on the playground, that could have turned into one of those magical teaching moments if the principal knew anything! The woman has all the right degrees and zero ability to implement any of it. She actually said several things to me that would raise the eyebrows of her superiors, at the very least!!! She made disparaging remarks about children that witnessed the incident, she said one thing then another about one subject, she even made inappropriate threats. This school has so much potential! Most of the teachers are very dedicated and are the kind of teacher you always hope your child will have. The facilities are beautiful and the children are a wonderful mix of locals and military. The reputation this school earned under the leadership of a fantastic principal is what keeps their rating high. Once the current principal gets finished she may ruin the whole school. She has weakened the morale of the teachers to a staggering level - they know they cannot count on her for the administrative support they need!

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
Great environment with helpful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2010
Committed parents, great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
Fantastic teachers that care and give their 200% every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2010
Great teachers & school spirit. Our daughter loves to go to school!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
everyone cares about our children. I seldom hear kids saying bad words as I spend a lot of time in the playgound and when I remind them of their safety playing around the playgound they listen. as a parent whenever I go to any palaygound and sees children playing not safe I reminded them or if I see them being rough on the play equipment, i also remind them. And most of the kids that answers back and not listening came from other school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Let the record speak for itself. Aikahi Elementary has been recognized as being one of the best public school on the windward side of Oahu. We have parents from all over the island enroll their children at Aikahi Elementary for many different reasons. Even if it means that they have to leave their homes by 6am to bring their children to school, that doesn't stop them from enrolling into Aikahi. That alone speaks great volumes. Our teachers go above and beyond the high education standards we keep for our students. Our faculty members instills in our students life long lessons such as respect towards others, promoting healthy choices & community service. Why is Aikahi a great school? Because we have the best support team possible, our faculty and parents, which help raise the best kids possible.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2010
Daily work needs to be harder. It seems to me that the children are at least 1/2 a grade level or more behind public schools on the mainland. Having a teacher's aid would help control the "busy" children. Class room ratio of 28:1 teacher seems too high.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2010
My boys attended Aikahi Elementary from 2006-2010 (3rd-6th grades). The teachers are hard working, devoted and approachable; they are the greatest!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2010
Aikahi Elementary believes in promoting the whole child.... academically, physically and socially. We take pride in developing strengths in our students that will enable them to be productive and hopefully, happy adults.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2010
Unbelievable. I pulled my children out years ago, but I drive passed the intersection every day. The paid adult crossing guard reads a book while she is working. If one child gets hurt on her watch it could bankrupt our already poor state.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
My children love Aikahi from the teachers to the staff. Also there is alot of parent involvement for different programs in the school; such as helping serve healthy choices for lucnch on thursdays, fundraisers and some parents help with wednesday enrichment classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
Communication with teachers is easy, many mind expanding extra programs, encourage a healthy lifestyle, has good influence emotionally, socially and academically with 1 on 1 assistance if necessary.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Wonderful teachers and staff, they really take the time to care for all their students

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
Well-rounded education, strong parent support, unique programs offered.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
They are the most caring of teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2010
Great teacher and school as well as curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2010
Most of the teachers are excellent and they have a great playground!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
I love the teachers, programs and everything about this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
Aikahi is a great school. We are new to the school and area and did tons of research before we GE'd into Aikahi; it is as good as it's reputation. My daughter has Ms. Kauhini and we could not be more pleased. Ms. Kauhini is energetic and engaging and makes class fun as well as challenging. I've had wonderful experiences working with the admin team as well. I just wish art and music were more of a priority.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
The teachers go above and beyond expectations.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2010
We miss this school so much! Great teachers! Awesome parents! And wonderful playground. I am spending tons of money to send my kids to private school here in New York and the curriculum is not 1/2 as good as it was in Aikahi.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
All the parts make it a whole. The teachers and the staff are very supportive of the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Teachers are great and my daughter loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
As a military family that has endured many moves Akahi Elementary staff have been simply warm and supportive to all four of our children. We are very pleased with our experience here at Aikahi.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Caring teachers, great learning environment and active parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Awesome school principal, Mrs. Gay Kong Very good teachers Great and fun student body Super cool play ground (famous in our town)...Mainly constructed by the volunteer help of our parents, the military GIs and the giving community. It is also a safe and caring Public school

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
I like the principal and some of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
THE SUPPORT THAT THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS GIVE. VISITED THE SCHOOL AT GRANDPARENTS LUNCH WHILE ON VACATION THERE FOUND IT TO BE A VERY NICE,CLEAN AND DEDICATED SCHOOL. I WAS SO SURPRISED TO SEE THE OLDER KIDS HELPING OUT IN MANY WAYS ( AND LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT).

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2010
The teachers that my children had showed they cared. After leaving the school they still go back to volunteer. Mr.Yent is our favorite, opening up their minds to a broader area of reading.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
We have caring teachers and students that come from different demographics. The parents are helpful and supportive.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2010
The caring staff and teachers combined with a high parent involvement make this school wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Great teachers and good family's!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
It's a great school with awesome faculty and great parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
The faculty and staff are very friendly, the academics are up to standards and my son loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Aikahi offers my daughter a safe, non judge mental environment for her to learn. She is severely hearing impaired and Aikahi has a program that allows children with hearing disabilities to be mainstreamed in the school along with the help of aids. There are over a dozen hearing impaired children at Aikahi. The interpreters, aids, teachers and fellow students treat our kids like they are no different than any other child. That is all a child with a disability really wants......to be treated like all the other kids!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
The parent involvement at the school is amazing! The administrators and staff are very caring and helpful. Principal Kong makes it a priority that military families feel supported. Aikahi also offers great enrichment programs to students, from golfing to ukulele to pottery and many, many more.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Great teachers * Awsome staff * Parents that get & stay involved w/their children * Academics that keep your(my) children motivatied & stimulated *

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
The parents are VERY involved here and the military families are prominent. This school teaches academics PLUS how to be great citizens.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
The teachers love the kids, and they obviously love their jobs! All four of my children have loved this school. From Kindergarten to 6th grade, we've now done them all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
The quality education the commitment to the students and families and the community atmosphere that is fostered.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
they actually care and are inviting. structured and respectfull.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
I love the parent participation that makes Aikahi feel more like a home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
The community involvement and support of this school is amazing. The teachers my daughters have had have been excellent. The playground is community built and the best in the state. Our kids are AWESOME!!!!! (Oh - and our test scores are really good too!)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Aikahi Elementary School provides a safe and nurturing environment for children in grades preK to 6th. The staff, students and parents give 100% everyday!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Just like all schools, some years are better than others, but all in all, I'd say Aikahi offers a very good package. I was very pleased with my daughters SSAT scores when she moved on to 7th grade. There are many ways that parents can contribute to the school, which results in a community atmosphere. With the recent completion of our new playground, which was funded and built by the parents and community volunteers, the students feel great pride in their school. Last year, the students in my Garden Club, sold their vegetables at school events with the sole purpose of raising money for their playground! Hooray!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Teachers are driven and upbeat. Students have many, many opportunities. Staff are supportive and are there for the kids. Parents are included and encouraged to be part of the solution to excellence in education.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
BLUE Ribbon school - not quite; Overall - OK school with tons of potential. The school still benefits from its BLUE Ribbon days years ago but the admin staff has changed since then. The families and most of the teachers are still inspired by what could be. Some innovative programs are still in place which bolster it's educational experience. Mostly great teachers that love the kids and aspire to bring the quality and innovation back, with a few really bad ones mixed in. The community support and energy is unbelievable! The combination of the local area families and the military ones seems works well, and the school benefits from the additional federal funding and support from the nearby Marines. The admin staff has shown improvement over the last few years but seems to lack the inspiration and enthusiasm as the community. Teacher dependent and your support, potentially a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
This school is the best in the state, we have a son presently attending and one that went through all 7 years. Very good experience for both, the parents that complain have kids that would have problems in any school. My kids have had a great education and experience here to last throughout their lives. I feel sorry for family's that listen to the montra of private school here in Hawaii it is all political and very sad. Very money driven. Save yourselves the 20k a year and enjoy your childs child hood and love the public school teachers they are great. I can not say enough good things about this school, my son got to go to the big Island to see the volcanoes how many elementery school kids in this country can say the got to study geology in real life. It is a great school with great theaches.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Aikahi has great teachers and a wonderful, engaging curriculum including hands on activities and projects for the students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 23, 2010
The teachers must be the ones who are writing the great reviews. My child wen there for 2 years and as far as I am concerned did not go to school at all. I finally had to pull her out. Starting from the principal down there is no leadership. There is no curriculum. The office staff could not be any more nasty. I hated going into the office being ignored and not welcome. No it is not a good school...maybe used to be once but surely not now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
The teachers are great, the ocean is nearby and it offers a fun-loving environment for learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
This is a great school. From the time I drop my children off at school, I know that my children will be safe, well cared for, and of course well educated. The principal is a very visible administrator. She is there each morning to greet and each afternoon to say good bye to the students. I am impressed with the teaching staff. My child has had quality teachers all 4 years that she has been at Aikahi. The office staff is a breath of fresh air in how they work with parents in meeting their particular needs. We are saving well over 15,000 each year by making the choice to send our daughter to a public school as opposed to a private school. I highly reccomend this school to anyone who wants to be a part of school that encourages parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Being a military family, moving from place to place and school to school is not easy. Especially when my kids get older but Aikahi has been a light in the dark for my 3 children. From the very first day of school they have loved every minute there. The teachers have welcomed them (and us) with open arms. The 5th and 6th grade curriculum is one of the most challenging I have seen (we came from CA). There is a very active parent group as well. Very strong math, science program and great use of technology in the classroom. Homework is always relavant to what is being taught and not just 'busy work'. This is the fourth school my older children have been in and it is by far the best! We had to summit a geographical exception to get in and I am so glad we did.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
This school is great I think it's very high quality.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
Excellent school. Strong math and science curriculum. The leadership has a strong, clear vision. Meets the students social, academic, and physical needs. My family feels very fortunate that our kids are able to attend Aikahi Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
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February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 18, 2009
I have three childern going to aikahi, Great school, great staff support and the grounds are tropical. I find the custodial staff one of the best in the state, so helpful and friendly. The teachers are top of the charts. Great place for our future leaders to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
Aikahi is a school for those students who have grown up without any problems and had a silver spoon fed life. Don't expect any great things from them, let alone accommodations for your child if they need them. So much for giving everyone an equal opportunity for an equitable education. There are better schools nearby without the snobbish attitude.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2008
Aikahi should be the first choice for parents in the Kaliua area who want a solid education for their children in a warm environment. Yes, you may find schools with more to offer, but not within the DOE. If you feel like paying $12,000+ a year for your kid's education, you can go private, but you will not necessary find quality there either. On the other hand, if you see something at Aikahi that can be improved, why not join the PTSA and make a difference? Our school has an outstanding PTSA, and we welcome all parents! I have two children at the school, and they are both happy. That is not to say we never had problems, but for the most part the teaching staff is excellent and caring. Most other schools do not even offer the kind of enrichment and science activities Aikahi does. Overall, a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2008
I have three kids that attend Aikahi. I think the Principal and the staff is great! I think the school activities are wonderful! And if you are military, they are great! My only issue with the school is the Math curriculum. For example they teach many different ways to do long multiplication then let them pick which method they like. They are in the 4th grade! Well we are military and my boys knew the original way and now are all messed up on methods! They teach lattice.... too many methods and not enough time to learn them well! They go over them so fast my kids are lost! They went from honor roll students, to struggling in Math. I am now paying for private math tutoring ($$$) and the tutor says that this math is way to hard for their age group. 4th graders doing 6th grade math basically.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
We are very happy with this school. We find that the families that are not happy have unrealistic expectations or their child has behavior problems and they want to blame the schoole when maybe they should look at their parenting skills. We find this school a wonderful enviroment for our children to learn. The extra trips they go on throughout the year are great, the after school activities are very good much more then other schools in the area offer, and the A+ program is so fun that my children don't want to leave most of the time. The A+ staff is excellent and we feel very fortunate to have our children looked after by such good staff. The science program is way beyond any other schools in the area. Parents that send their children to this scholl should feel fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
We were very unhappy with the school. As others mention, the quality seems to vary a lot from teacher to teacher, probably because the administration does not seem to have a clear vision and plan. We found the administration to be very nonsupporting of our child's needs (and, incidentally, of the needs of other children's at the school, as we were told by other concerned parents). The military presence may feel overwhelming at times: my child (Kindergarten) frequently came home talking about war, soldiers, death, etc... topics that are part of life but I would rather have him encounter when he is older. My sense is that the administration needs serious improvement and if you get good teachers and feel you can be part of the school, it may provide a good educational experience, but your dreams of an excellent public education may otherwise be short-lived .

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
I have had both postive and negative feelings of the school. My daughter just finsihed Kindergarten and is moving into 1st Grade this year. The school lacks in extra curr. activites they have one day ONLY to have after school clubs is not ofter much. For the other clubs that they do offer are only for upper grade levels. They do not put enougth enegry and effort into the lower grades. Due to the fact that the school is right next to the military base it is very focused on the military this would be nice if you are part of them, but if you are not you are felt VERY left out. We are not military and therefore there are no services provided, We were given NO help or direction coming into the school, very disappointing. The Princpal and VP are very helpful and take the time to listen.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2008
Aikahi is a wonderful school with great teachers and a very helpful staff. They get things done in a positive way and learning is fun for the students. Aikahi has many extra's, like the Wed. after school enrichment program, science & robotics program, chess club, video club, dance class, art program and too much to mention. The princiopal, VP and office staff are great. You'll enjoy sending your children to Aikahi. Come with a WE attitude not a ME attitude and you'll be very happy. My son went to Aikahi and loved going to school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
I have 3 children who attended Aikahi. We too are military. I started out very supportive of this school, but quickly learned that much of what goes on there is a facade. In reality, if your child is different or 'needs help', there is none available. The school overall is pretty good, but does not live up to the hype. I was definitely disappointed the school made such a big deal of 'aikahi babies' meaning those who attended from K-6. My children are definitely resentful of this particular program. Especially since it is presented at graduation. Overall, decent school. lagging behind mainland, fantastic A+ program. Look into private school though for better quality.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
Aikahi Elementary has so many great things going on its hard to know where to start. The teachers are doing a great job of implementing standard based lessons. The May Day program was fantastic. All students from all the grade levels were incorporated in to every aspect of the program. The administrative team is solid. It has a unique healthy choice lunch program that encourages students to eat fruits and vegetables. It is a great place for a kid to go to school and I am fortunate that my children attend such a warm and nurturing place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2008
I have 3 children that attend Aikahi and 1 more on the way for kinder. I can't afford to put my children in Private Sch so after much researching this is my 1st and only Public Sch choice in the Windward district. I've worked in 2 other Public Schools in the Windward district and what Aikahi does is far greater than what I've seen on other campuses. There are many extra curricular activites, an unreal after school program w/DreamCo, Parent involvement/Groups (PTSA, Aikahi DADS, AINA, Principals Coffee, etc. I've come across many great teachers and honestly a few that I just didn't like because of their approach to teaching. Some of the staff are a little uptight, our office ladies need to find a personality. Ask 4 Gayle in da office. She's TERRIFIC & very friendly. This is a geat school w/little things that could be improved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2008
My son enjoyed his preschool and was enthusiatic entering kindergarten. But as time goes on, he he tells me he doesn't like school. This worries me. Aikahi to me, seems so regimented. The children must have name tags clipped on them, and need them even during play at recess. This is not only at the beginning of the year, but throughout the whole year. No name tag...no play. Sort of like branding cattle before they go out to graze. A school is only as good as the positive experiences your child has in it.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I have 2 children at Aikahi - one excels - one is struggling - Each teacher has addressed the issues very, very well. Teacher quality has been outstanding. Parent involvement is encouraged, welcomed, and very present throughout the school. I understand the office staff issue is being addressed.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
I have 2 children that go to Aikahi. My husband and I have been very satisfied with both of our childrens academic progress. I would highly recommend Aikahi to anyone. I'm not at all impressed with the office staff. They are very rude and disrespectful. But if you can overlook the office staff, the school is great. I'm just glad they don't teach my children. I do feel the principal should do something about they way the office is handled.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2007
Aikahi still has some quality teachers left to live up to its Blue Ribbon reputation. Last year, my daughter's 5th grade teacher was outstanding; best ever. He challenged the students from Day 1 with complex life-lessons in finance, world affairs, taxation, politics...on top of a rigorous standard program. Aikahi also offered extracurricular activities in foreign language, creative arts, music, sports and more. Not as impressed with our other daughter's 3rd grade teacher, we still enjoyed the school espiri de corps and parental involvement in everything.

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September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
I am completely unsatisfied with this schools peer-peer program, along with many other acadmic aspects. I am completely upset about the way many parents are greeted in the cold office. We are in the process of moving out our 3rd grader to another nearby school. Aikahi has become such a dissapointment. Dont believe the hype. It's such a let down.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
Overall, I think Aikahi is a great school. My sons kindergarten teacher last year was absolutely great. There probably should be more grounds keeping, weed control and lawn irrigation and the kindergarten play area needs to be 'smoothed' out. Lawn maintenance and irrigation would help to keep weeds and dust under control. This school is lucky to have a stage in the cafeteria, but it seems to be used as a closet. They could use it for their Christmas (oops...Holiday) program. A good piano would look nice up there.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
Aikahi was a blue ribbon school--a very long time ago. It's not even close now. If you are military it is not worth trying to get your child into this school via geographic exception or by moving into the neighborhood. This school has been a huge disappointment to us for the past few years. Aikahi has in the past enjoyed a good reputation in the military circles but it has had it's day. Many people are bailing from Aikahi (mid year)and going to Kainalu, Manoa, and various private schools. I agree that talking to the principal is like talking to a brick wall. Don't expect to hear anything but 'I'm sorry you feel that way' from her- whatever your concern is about. The office staff are cold and rude. It is not a happy place. If you can afford to go elsewhere I would strongly suggest it.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
My 3 children have attended this school over the past 14 years. Academically, Aikahi has done a good job challenging my children with Standards Based lessons along with providing a safe environment. I wish the school recognized the students for responsibility/citizenship; and academics at school assemblies or in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
There are so many problems with this school. It was once considered the best. I put my child in this school and it is the biggest mistake. The teachers are under equipped to handle the kids and the complaints to the principal is like talking to a wall. Hope something can be done before the kids in the school's future is spoilt. If you have the resource to get your kid out please do.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Military kids' academic needs are given short shrift at Aikahi. The school likes the aditional funding the military students bring and the strong volunteer base their parents provide. However, the administration makes no effort to accomodate the educational needs that arise from having been educated in different school districts. Frequently, the HI curriculum does not line up with what the kids have already learned in previous schools and the administration refuses to make adjustments in curriculum. Instead parents are told they need to adjust their expectations. Kids are not ability grouped or allowed flexibility because 'that is not how we've done it in the past'. The administration knows that the military families are here temporarily and the problem will go away.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
Aikahi School lacks curriculum and structure. My child never sees the principal or VP walk around the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
Aikahi lacks curriculum and structure. My daughter wasted one year of school attending there. The principal and VP do not meet the kids when they are arriving and leaving. I was totally disappointed in the school. They should visit a school on the mainland and actually see how an elementary school should be run.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
As a current PTSA board member, I am pleased with Aikahi's faculty and staff. Most of them will go out of their way to help your kids. The PTSA strongly supports and funds the playground and just started funding extracurricular activites during the 06-07 school year. My gripe is with the DOE and Legislature. The Legislature doesn't give the schools enough money for repair, maintenance AND supplies. So tough choices have to be made between the three. With several family members working within DOE, I am dismayed at the politics going on within DOE.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2006
The PTSA & parents make Aikahi GREAT! Without all their fundraising efforts, the school & teachers wouldn't have funds needed for many much needed playground maintenance, technology and supplies. I can't believe with all the taxes our affluent community pays, the DOE can't give our school the funding needed for just the basics...like staffing...thus parent volunteers are critial to the school's success. I'm impressed with the Principal and Vice Principal greeting parents and students EVERY day at the pickup/dropoff area. They make themselves very visible and really want to work with parents to achieve what is best for our keiki. We are so lucky to live in an area with a fantastic school just a bike ride from our home.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
Aikahi is an excellent school. It is tops academically, the staff is very professional, new pricipal with a lot of potential. Campus is beautiful...art everywhere you look. Exceptional tech coordinator, librarian and PE teacher. My child had an outstanding education grade k-6. We will always be greatful to the teaching staff!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
Within a grade level there seems to be a fair amount of variability in teacher quality but overall, we have been very pleased by our child's experience. For a public school in Hawaii, it doesn't get any better--of course that is not saying much when compared to the best public schools on the mainland.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
Our son has attended Aikahi K-5 and we've been consistently impressed with the quality, professionalism and dedication of the teaching staff. Turnover at the administrative level has been constant and has been a problem, but the strength of the teaching staff and curriculum has carried the standards. The academic program is excellent. The environment is warm and stimulating. Music, sports and extracurricular activities are limited, but that's understandable given the limited DOE funding available to public schools. Parental involvement is high and, generally, encouraged. We would recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
As with any public school, there are things that parents like and dislike about how things are handled. Aikahi Elementary School parents are very involved and greatly add to the quality of the school. Overall, the school has kept up it's standards with the limited (and continually constrained) state funding.

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Aikahi Elementary School
281 Ilihau St, Kailua, HI  96734
(808) 254-7944
Last modified Aikahi Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aikahi Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 111 reviews. Top