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!
The Early Childhood (preschool) program is great. My 4 year old is already beginning to read. The structure is fantastic for him! The teachers are great, they communicate very well with us. My daughter's 4th grade teacher sends an email everyday with the day's homework so that we can check her work. It's a fantastic Christian environment. They are continually making improvements around the campus...we just can't say enough about Hanalani.
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.
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.
Wonderful curriculum but awful teachers at the elementary level. Serious lack of understanding even in the basic principles of child psychology and development.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My child attended K4 this school year. He learned so much those 10 months. Great school and teachers. It's worth the money.
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