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94-294 Anania Drive
Mililani, HI 96789

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4 stars
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August 12, 2014
I am a proud parent of two girls who are attending Hanalani. It is a safe, friendly and academically challenging environment. When arriving on campus you feel as if you are at home. Everyone is very friendly, willing and wanting to help. If are looking for a Private School in the central district I highly recommend Hanalani, it is hidden treasure.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
My son is going into the 3rd grade at Hanalani. He has been at Hanalani since K3 and I couldn't be happier. As a parent I am part of multiple committees at the school and really like the direction the school is going in. A couple years ago I was extremely ill and ended up in the hospital. The teachers and staff came to visit me. We never asked for help, but his teacher was extremely supportive and helped him with his homework and they made accomodations for us after school as we were depending on others to pick him up since i was in the hospital. I have to say he is definitely at the right school as I don't know of any other school that is that caring. Hanalani truly cares about its students and its families. I really enjoy the ohana atmosphere. I am also an alumni of Hanalani, and I am so glad that my son can experience the same opportunites that the school gave me and more!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2014
I am a proud parent of 2 graduates of Hanalani. As of this year both my children completed their college degrees and are now pursuing their dreams. The school prepared them to be successful in college and in life beyond high school. Because of the demanding program, my kids worked hard in their studies. Teachers cared and supported my kids. They were involved in sports, and band/music. They traveled to Europe and the mainland. I am grateful for all the opportunities my children had as they received a very well rounded school experience. The other important aspect for our family was to have an education that included God. The teachers helped my children grow in their faith. It is best to say that Hanalani educated more than my kids' minds; they helped them grow as individuals, their character. Tuition is reasonable for all that the school offers. No school is perfect, but it a great school that cared about my children as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2014
I am so thankful for attending Hanalani my Junior and Senior year of high school. At first, I was a bit hesitant moving from a public school in Seattle with 400 students in my class to 33 students in my senior class. In the end, I am truly thankful for this experience. I received one on one attention from caring and Godly teachers. I gained numerous friends who became brothers and sisters in Christ. I was able to get into all the Christian colleges I applied for and ended up going to Westmont College. I improved in all my classes and especially enjoyed the small class settings. I grew in my faith through Bible classes and hearing speakers from chapel. I grew in leadership after becoming Vice President of the student body and Society president my senior year. This gave me self-confidence and the ability to speak in front of my peers. I also performed in the school play and excelled in Japanese by one of my favorite teachers. If it wasn't for Hanalani, I would not have attended Westmont which helped me pursue my calling as a missionary, teacher, and finding my identity in Christ. I highly recommend this school for future students who want to serve the Lord and grow academically.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2014
I was a very involved Parent with Hanalani and I decided to pull my kids out this year. My first disappointment was the teachers coming from the mainland on a year to year contract right out of college and still lacks the teaching skills and experience. My child felt uncomfortable being Catholic at this so called" Nondenominational" Christian School from a teacher's comment to my girl. Lastly, the school Science is lacking in all parts of Evolution and Natural Science. Offering both would be the CHOICE! Their STEM Program is lacking due to their lack of Science . My poor son was confused about Dinosaurs since he was only learning that the Earth is so many years old. BJU curriculum in the Elementary is very Baptist and I hope that they will integrate other varies of curriculum(i.e "Everyday Math") to their school to accept all "Faiths". I know all schools have their differences but I wish that they would market their school as Baptist which is nothing wrong with that. Being truthful leads to no disspoinments. Misleading leads to disaster. The academics are great but the curriculum is not for my kids. I want them to be well rounded and accept Creation and Evolution.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
Hanalani Review While the Academic standards at Hanalani are good, the curriculim is horrible. The school advertizes itself as Nondenominational - but in reality it is Fundamentalist Baptist. The Curriculum in the Elementary School (Bob Jones Univ) preaches Religious Intolerance (i.e. Mormons are Sinners etc). The School hires teachers mostly from small mainland Baptist Schools and requires them to attend Baptist Churches. The atmosphere is very Anti-Catholic, Anti-Mormon and anti anything not Baptist. The School does not teach Science - but rather Religion masquerading as Science - (i.e. "the Earth and moon are only 5000 years old" and "If you believe in Evolution you are a follower of Satan.") Every single subject in the Elementary level (Science, Math, Spelling, History etc) is infused with Baptist Dogma. The school should not call itself "NonDenominational. It is strict Baptist and the curriculum at Hanalani falls outside the mainstream Christian values. There are some excellent teachers at the School - but there are also some closed minded teachers who preach intolerance and hatred. I am removing my children from Hanalani.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
The upper school education is absolutely horrible. With an extremely high turnover rate, the stability and quality of teaching are below average. Teachers are recruited mostly fresh out of college and from the mainland, lacking experience or a teaching degree. The courses are not challenging and the switch to e-books for critical subjects such as physics and US history are not beneficial. Only one language that extends past level 2. Natural sciences are neglected; Hanalani has hired many incompetent teachers. If you and your child desire a challenging academic experience for 7th through 12th grade, Hanalani is not the way to go. If you and your child desire a safe, mild campus, Hanalani may be the choice.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2014
Top notch early childhood education. Very pleased with their high standards of discipline and academics. I would highly recommend this school for parents who want the best education for their children!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
My daughter loves this school! She has learned so much and has an amazing teacher! I love when she comes home singing all the new songs she has learned or when she shows me her latest project they did in class. What a great program!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Hanalani is a wonderful college prep school for pre-K through twelfth grade. It's a safe and loving environment that feels like a home away from home. My three kids have been at Hanalani for six years now and range from grade six through grade ten. We couldn't be happier, and recommend Hanalani very highly!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Hanalani is just big enough to give the kids that big school feel, but still small enough to give a lot of individual attention. They work hard on the whole person, not just academics. My children are both well ahead of their peers. My 4 year old is already reading small words and recognizes all letters and sounds. The teachers are very loving and caring and communicate regularly to us on how are kids are doing. The school is constantly making improvements. We're very happy with Hanalani Schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
I love this school! I had an amazing 5-year experience at Hanalani. After moving to a different school, I became really sad and threw a fit because I had to leave my best friends and stuff. :( I still miss this school! It's education system is beyond 5 stars. I love how they get involved with the students. Being a past student at Hanalani, I absolutely enjoyed the years. The money is WORTH IT. My piers are amazing and they don't always rebel. No one EVER ditches class; that's how smart we are. :) The technical interactions are also very good. We touched the basics on how to fix it if it broke. We also were taught on how to work independently because we can't always depend on others to always be there.

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2013
As an alumna of the school, I had a great nine years at Hanalani. I was able to graduate with a regular diploma, Communications & Fine Arts Academy diploma, and Servant Leadership Academy diploma by the end of my time there. I took (and passed!) two AP and three honors classes. I was a student leader, theater performer, public speaker/debater, vocal student, violinist, handbells player, National Honor Society member, cross-country runner, track team member, and creative writer. In a larger or more selective school, I am sure that I would not have been able to do all of these things in my high school career! But Hanalani genuinely is a small school with large school opportunities, and I am so grateful that I was able to partner with them to take advantage of all that they offered. Faculty and staff are kind and genuine, and place high importance on each student's emotional and spiritual well-being. Overall, Hanalani most definitely earns the title "School of the Future"; the aim of the school is always to look ahead and keep moving forward towards improvement and greater things. I would absolutely send my future children here!

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2013
Hanalani Schools has been wonderful for my 3 children. It is academically challenging, and they are learning so much. But my favorite part is all of the "extras" that Hanalani offers. Fields trips, spirit days, specialty classes that are part of the curriculum (P.E., computers, Japanese, art, library, music) and the extras that are offered, like Robotics. We signed my son up for this after-school class, because he is a hands-on kind of kid. He really enjoyed it, and felt successful making his final project, a Brushbot. I am thankful for the well-rounded education my kids are receiving at Hanalani Schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2013
As an alumni of Hanalani, the problems within the school are very evident. The teachers and staff are the main problem. While there are a handful of teachers who are actually there for the well-being of the students, most of the teachers are just out of college. They come to Hawaii, because they think it'll be one big party, and then eventually leave. This leaves no stability for the school as the high turnover rate of teachers are only increasing. Nepotism within the staff is high. Don't be surprised when you find out everyone's related. They also discourage female authority. Religion also plays a big part of the school's curriculum. While they maintain the view that Christianity is a choice, they do a good job at shoving religion down the back of each student's throat. It's almost poetic how students turn rebellious after they graduate (i.e. high school pregnancy, jail, etc.). My senior year was awful. For a college prep high school, they did nothing to help me when applying to college and for scholarships. In fact, I got help and all my information from a public school college counselor. I'd think twice about sending my children here.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
Wonderful curriculum but awful teachers at the elementary level. Serious lack of understanding even in the basic principles of child psychology and development.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
My son graduated from Hanalani Schools May of 2012. He attended Hanalani since 8th grade. No school is perfect. Parents have to be involved. Overall, I feel like my son got an excellent education. He ended up with a full scholarship for college. The math program prepared him well for the challenge of higher math in college. The robotics program is known all over the world as they have been international champions. I just met someone who has a child who went to Punahou and got the exact same scholarship as my son. I paid 10K a year for my son's Hanalani experience and I believe Punahou was 18,000? In addition, my son was able to get a very good foundation in Christianity which has allowed him to make very good decisions in the secular world. No doubt, if I had to do it over again, he would go to Hanalani.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
My daughter has been attending Hanalani Schools since she was 3 years old. She is now in the 3rd grade. Hanalani Schools is one of the most affordable private schools on this island that offer Pre - K through High School. I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to send her there. Being a single mother, I have to admit, it has not been easy making ends meet. I am very blessed to have received financial assistance through Hanalani Schools Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). It does not fully cover my daughter's tuition, but it sure does help! I have made many sacrifices in order for my daughter to receive an excellent education and I have to tell you, Hanalani Schools is well worth the sacrifice. If you haven't had a chance, stop by and take a tour!!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2012
Hanalani School is a blessing to our family. They are a Christ-centered school and you know this when you read their mission statement and speak with all of the teachers and staff. The schoool sets high academic and Christian standards, which is why I'm glad my son is there. My son started in K3 and will now be graduating Kindergarten. He has so much fun learning and excells academically, spiritually, and socially. Hanalani has also won regional robotics competitions two years in a row for middle and high school students. The teachers, staff and director love the children and provide guidelines and organization for families to follow to help their child. They reach out to the community through student and and family activities year round. Thank God for Hanalani's teachers and staff. They're a hidden gem in Mililani!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2011
Both of my children attended this school. One child now is in an academically challenging prestigious university and she is thriving. I truly feel Hanalani prepared her well both socially and academically. My other child is still in High School and is active both inside the school and in the community. While strict, Hanalani has given my children the skills and dispositions to make the most our of their lives and to be responsible for their own actions. They have attended since preschool and I feel so fortunate for their successes. They are well equipped to compete in a competitive world and have the values to make a positive contribution. Thank you Hanalani for a job well done.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
We are a military family and have had a fantastic experience at Hanalani as our daughter has completed PK-1st grade there. The staff is focused and engaged, providing continuous feedback and welcoming parent questions and involvement. Our daughter has thrived in Hanalani's safe, caring and attentive environment. It has provided her a stable place to expand her learning and given us the peace of mind that she is getting a quality education in an atmosphere that stresses moral values that we share. Our experience with Hanalani has been priceless and we wish that we could take the school with us to our next duty station!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
I graduated from Hanalani in 2010, having been a student since preschool. I personally had no real problems in school, however I am aware that the strict Christian base can be offputting to parents and children who are used to secular public schools. The thing is, it is a CHRISTIAN school. It never claims to be anything else, so people who complain obviously did not read the memo. We have rules. Rules are made to protect and mold young Christians and foster a good learning environment, so yes it is strict. But sometimes discipline is needed. Kids need to take responsibility for their actions and work. Generally the teachers are good (no one is perfect) and are willing to help those who help themselves and do their best. Although a lot of the teachers that I had are retiring, so I can't really say much for the past two years. Parents are frequently encouraged to participate and support the children and the school. As for cost, Hanalani is a private school with limited funds. We don't receive government funds and rely on fundraisers and tuition. Hanalani has also been expanding and updating their programs (computers, kindles, string instrument rentals, new buildings, etc).

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2011
as a single parent, I was disappointed in this school. we have a strong religious background and I thought this school would be great for my kids because their religious influence. so I assumed the teachers would be more forgiving and patient with their students. however it was too rigorous and strict and at times I felt their rules were too petty. if I could do it all again, I would not choose Hanalani as the starting point for my kids education. when we left it was an adjustment for them because they were so scared to do or say anything in their new school. but they soon adjusted and I'm so glad to say they are much happier kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
We are very happy with the school. Teachers and administration are excellent and boy do they work hard. They have consistently shown that they care about our family and we are truly thankful. Academics are rigorous and they have a variety of sports and activities. We are looking forward to high school and having our children be a part of the championship Robotics and Math teams in the future. We highly recommend the school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
This will be the last year for my child at Hanalani . Academics is quite lacking, Turnover of Staff/Teachers is very high. Tuition is constantly being raised. For $9200.00 per year you could find another school with a higher standard of education. Many of the staff are related and or married to each other. Their handbook states a dress code for the students. Their teachers must not adhere to the same standards. Many of them dress inappropriately with clothing that are two sizes too small. If you are standing behind a "Christian" foundation; there should be no constant yelling and belittling of five year olds! Throwing their folders on the ground and making them pick them up (if they are not 'quick' enough to grab it from you) is a horrible way of communicating that you have issues with power and self esteem within yourself. If you are even considering this school, go somewhere else. You might be impressed with their initial standard interview of what their school is about and what it stands for, but it is completely the opposite!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
Horribly disorganized. Tuition constantly raised for a substandard education. Most staff very unfriendly, with different rules for different children. Hanalani is in need of a overhaul of curriculum and teachers. Agree with others on review. It is not the school it once was!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
Hanalani took a turn for the worst!! 2 years ago I would have said differently but they are going down hill. I feel the staff is not representing the higher academic excellence they were once known for. so sad.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
I sent my kids to Hanalani Schools from K-6 grades. We were not completely happy the entire time. It was good in the early years but then suddenly the teachers and faculty staffing were turning over quite often. Teachers were being moved from one grade to another grade every year...it was rather confusing. And I feel it brought a gray cloud over some of the faculty. I agree with the religious part too. You need to be very religious to benefit from this school. We were so happy all my kids were accepted into another larger private school. Also, I felt the school is very disorganized. You would think for a small school its easy to be organized but Hanalani proves otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
Hanalani is not a school with just a religious influence. Its a school which forces their students to accept their religious beliefs. I found it quite difficult because we were not a very religious family. My kids questioned the religious teachings of the school too often.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
As the parent of two military children, I feel blessed to have been able to make the investment in my children's education that Hanalani provides. I can rest assured that wherever the military takes our family next, they will be well prepared. I too have a young boy who's first priority is not always academics. However, his teachers were great communicators and together we were able to easily get him back on track when he needed it through discipline and caring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 11, 2008
My child attended K4 this school year. He learned so much those 10 months. Great school and teachers. It's worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
All three of my children attended and graduated from Hanalani. It was a well rounded education academically and spiritually. The teachers were all very supportive. The math program in the upper school was excellent!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
Our child attended this school for four elementary school years. While I will say that Hanalani excels academically, it only gets four stars because of their sometimes extreme discipline especially for little boys who already have difficulties with sitting still and being quite for long periods. We always felt that our child was learning a lot more than others who attended public schools. Because it is religious based, our child learned to make better choices and now is a wonderful and bright middle schooler at another private school. Most of the faculty and administration were very friendly but one thing that bothered us somewhat was that many of the faculty are related which in some respects I considered a minus. We also felt that sometimes their religious beliefs interfered with ours.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
The best school in the world. The most caring and inspirational school I have ever been to. If you go here cherish every second of it and don't mess it up.

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
I am a parent of 3 Hananlani students, one has been there since PK4 and is now in the High School, another has been there since PK3 and is in 6th grade, the 3rd is in PK4. All 3 of them love going to school and can't bear the thought of ever changing to another school. The academics are challenging, but appropriate, the activities are okay, and the school is happy to get your student connected to any program outside of the school. Student body size for the entire school is about 625. This is a perfect size, where teachers know their students and there is a sense of camaraderie among the students. Parents are very involved and students are very well behaved. Discpline is strict, but not overdone. The counselors work very hard at helping HS students apply for scholarships and to colleges. Overall, our family gives Hanalani an A+.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
My son just graduated from Hanalani (high school) and daughter graduated 3 years ago. One was there 11 years, one 8 years. Very firm discipline, but our kids thrived. Teachers are wonderful,caring. Religious based but nondenominational. Extracurricular activities are a lot fewer than some schools but better than average for a school of its size. Choir/voice, band, drama all available. Educational standard is excellent. Our daughter is an engineering major now and some of her Hanalani courses were more challenging. I'm proud to have two Hanalani grads in the family.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
The K-5 academic program is enriching, fun, challenging and attainable for the children. The kids have computer class once a week, art class once a week and learn a host of songs throughout the year. Parents are very involved and eagerly welcomed and encouraged to helpout with school functions. Most importantly my son loved going to school because the environment was warm, welcoming and everyone knew his name. I highly recommend Hanalani Schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
After searching through the list of schools for my daughter for over a year and a half,I kept coming back to Hanalani. I am thankful that I did. This is my daughter's first year in school, PK-3, so I was quite fickle about the curriculum, teacher/student ratio and the opportunity for her to develop and grow. I am unbelievably amazed at how much her knowledge has been expanded, thanks to the exceptionally great teacher she has. The school itself is a relatively small campus which has that family setting. Everyone knows everyone and is so willing to lend a helping hand. The curriculum is age appropriate, the field trips planned are an added bonus to their education and the after school classes offer the diversity that can benefit children in the future. I feel blessed that we are a part of the Hanalani School Ohana.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
This is my sons first experience with traditional schooling. He is presently a K-5 student, on his 6 month of school. The school is very small (student body size unknown), and well organized, as far as separating the grade levels. The class size is average, approximately 18 students to 1 teacher. The teachers are familiar with all of the students, which is very nice. Several elementary teachers know my son by name, which adds a nice personal touch. The curriculum is challenging and age appropriate. My son feels successful at school and enjoys going. Teachers are eager to talk with parents regarding student progress. Parents are very much involved. Overall it has been a good experience at Hanalani. We will be continuing on to 1st grade.

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Hanalani Schools
94-294 Anania Drive, Mililani, HI  96789
(808) 625-0737
Last modified Hanalani Schools is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Hanalani Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top