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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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