I moved to the Kailua Kona in July 2014 from the Bay Area in California, where my children were enrolled at John Green Elementary in Dublin, CA for three years. Their previous school had a 10 rating in 'Great Schools', and achieved an API score of 961. Therefore, I had my apprehensions and predispositions of Kahakai Elementary. However, I am thoroughly surprised with Kahakai. The physical infrastructure of Kahakai is cleaner, better maintained, and bigger than John Green. In addition, the Office Staff is friendlier, extremely supportive, and caring. The Office Staff at John Green were quite rude and inattentive. The Vice Principals and Principal at Kahakai, personally helped me with administrative issues to help my transition easier. Most importantly, Kahakai teachers are better equipped, stricter, and don't require the assistance of parents for classwork, homework, and special projects. My anxieties were artificial, and my bias of Hawaiian schools were wrong. Take it from a parent who moved from an affluent neighborhood of Dublin with highly rated schools; Kahakai is a great school, and we prefer to have our boys attend their elementary years here; as opposed, to John Green.
Excellent school!! Principal is progressive and students are positively encouraged. Each student is provided with tools such as individual laptops. Advanced learning beyond grade level is available for exceptional students.
My daughter is a student at Kahakai Elementary and I am so pleased with the overall curriculum. The teachers and staff are very good about keeping parents up to date on things. I really appreciate their communication whether it's reminders of classroom events, school events or balances on accounts. I am pleased with the security and safety this school provides. I rated it only four stars because of the am and pm carousel of traffic and the not so ample parking.
Kahakai elementary was quite enjoyed by my daughter, who was in "senior" kindergarten. There was a nice sense of camaraderie with parents, and the educational material worked well with her. The missing 5th star is due only to the long carousel of cars before and after school to drop off and retrieve our children!! (ugh...)
Just moved here from Mainland in April. We thought my child would be ahead of curriculum here after reading so many dismal comments about this school and the test scores... I was pleasantly surprised to find that she was behind! I feel Kahakai is an excellent school and the office staff are wonderful! My children attended the summer school program as well and it was a wonderful experience. We look forward to returning in the fall.
My son attended this school from Jr. Kindergarten till 5th grade and we absolutely LOVE it. The teachers and entire staff are amazing. Watching him graduate and having to leave was very emotional, as this really is a family oriented school. Luckily we have another child who will still be attending. I am so happy that we chose Kahakai Elementary as our son's primary school.
I think Kahakai is a great school. There are fun and educational after school programs. My son who attends fourth grade is the youngest of my three. Between the three we have experienced 2 other west side elementary Schools including Holualoa, and Kahakai is by far the best. As a matter fact we live in Holualoa district...
I attended here back in the day, and I sincerely hope things have changed since then. I was identified as "gifted", and pulled out of class to take part in a gifted program. The program consisted of nothing but putting us in front of computers to play games for an hour or two. I'm thinking the goal was really to stunt our development so they could just throw us back into the regular classes. Time spent in class was with some witch of a teacher who seemed to despise me because I was 1) new mid-year, and 2) haole. Such a waste. Luckily we moved to a better school nearby soon after, and I caught up quickly from those wasted years...
Great, very supportive and involved principal. She ensures after school programs for the school. Also, active presence of VPs. Teachers keep you posted on how your child is doing.
Kahakai has a very good line-up of after-school programs (my son is signed up for arts, kids fit club, & karate, for this term). Teachers are involved with the students learning process. (Mrs. DeGuair is a great new teacher). Safety & a no bullying environment is emphasized & parent involvement is encouraged (& of course is a key to student's success).
My son has been going to this school since pre-k. Now he's in second grade. I really love how this school works and how safe it is. I'm glad my son is enrolled in this school. They whole staff really is on it with safety, they have kids under control, especially after school, and to me that's very important. The principle and vice-principle are the BEST! Thanks so much Kahakai Staff. Keep up the good work!
My daughter was at Kahakai sadly for only one year, we have re-located to CA from HI and will miss this school greatly. What a pleasure her 1st grade teacher (Miss Angela Stotts) is, she and all the staff really try to make this school thrive. My daughter's abilities were recognized and encouraged, we really felt like we were getting private school attention in a public school. We wish everyone well and are sad to have left.
Kahakai elementary school has a very well planned curriculum that helps students perform to the best of their abilities
Every week we are given updates on our 'haole' daughters progress and given many chances to be involved. She has made huge strides in learning, she surprises me daily with what she tells me about school. Homework for a kindergarten aged child was a bit daunting at first but she loves to show off what she knows now, and does her homework 3 or 4 times in a row at night. The teacher is wonderful and caring, and everyone I have dealt with in the office is polite and knows just how to help with my needs.
We too are half Haole. I thought other school mo better in all ways. My daughter is not happy. Kids fight. Test Scores Bad. We might look at other schools. I love some of the teachers, others, not so, they should work for the state. Nobody knows what is going on at the school. They need better programs, organization, accountability.
Our daughter is in 1st grade and attended Kahakai last year too. She loves this school and is doing amazingly well. She is learning a lot more than my husband and I were at that age. The teachers are organized, homework is challenging. They have great programs to get parents involved. We moved here right before she started Kindergarden and were a bit worried that she would not fit in. (she is half 'Haole' half Spanish). The school has a great mixture of children and she's made plenty of friends. We give Kahakai 'Two Thumbs Up'!
Kahakai School has made tremendous progress over the last couple years. The teachers are better trained and students test scores have improved. School events are fun and although like most schools parent involvement is not very good. I like the school very much. My daughter is happy there. It is a nice, safe and friendly environment for the kids.
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