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Waianae and Ayres Ave
Wahiawa, HI 96786

(808) 622-6380
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3 stars
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October 17, 2014
The school is outdated but they are working hard to renovate everything. Don't judge a book by it's cover. So far we love our son's Kindergarten teacher. She is very organized and on top of things. We have had no issues. I wish more people would write reviews when they don't have any problems. Seems like people only write reviews when they are unhappy so it's hard to know all of the GOOD things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
This is the worst place I ever seen my entire life. I can't even call this a school. It's more like a daycare. And with all the construction going on DURING SCHOOL HOURS I don't even see how the health department isn't giving them citations for violating the health of these children. When I asked them to stop the construction during school hours after debris flew into my kids eyes from all the construction their response was that they are spending $33 million dollars and need to be finshed by July 2016. So they won't even at least consider stopping for the safety of the children. Parents are complaining about the debris getting into their kids noses and eyes during school hours. I let officials know and they did absolutely NOTHING. We are in the process of finding a new school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2014
We are a military family and have been very disappointed in Hale Kula. This is by far the worst school my kids have ever attended. The office staff is very rude and the teachers are horrible. I have no faith at all in the administration at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Hale Kula Elementary staff and teachers have all been very friendly and keep me well informed on the happenings in and around the school. My daughter moved here in the 3rd grade and is just now finishing up 5th grade. The school is a bit run down, but is in the process of massive renovations. I wish they had an online system for the lunch accounts, but that is my only real complaint about Hale Kula. Overall, I am impressed and will miss the school next year as my daughter transitions to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
There are a few good teachers and substitutes, but the office staff is extremely rude and always comes up with an excuse on why something cannot be done instead of figuring out a way to work on it. It's quite upsetting. Whether it's a safety issue or an academic issue, the staff, including the principal, come up with excuses or pass the buck to someone else. I cannot wait to get my kids out of this place!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
There are 1 or 2 great teachers at this school but that is it. My child is in 3rd grade here and is teacher has the thickest jersey accent and which is coupled with her poor grammar skills and general misunderstand of the English language. I can barely understand her. She also dresses incredibly inappropriately - more like club attire rather than professional wear. She texts during the day and doesn't seem to care about the kids - just her social life. Maybe it is just this one teacher. I pray for a better teacher next year who can catch my child up on everything not taught in her class (ahem...just about everything).

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
I LOVE HALE KULA,THE OFFICE STAFF ARE CARING,UNDERSTANDING,AND VERY VERY KIND.OUR SON HAS ATTENDED SINE HE WAS IN 2ND GRADE AND NOW IS 4TH.HE LOVES GOING TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY AND EVERY TEACHER HAS BEEN WONDERFUL ON HELPING HIM WITH ANY STRUGGLES.THE AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING IN REALLY AWSOME AND HAS HELPED HIM ALOT. THANKS HALE KULA FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR SON!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
I don't really care for Hale Kula. The teachers and office staff seem like they don't really care about the students or their education. Since this is the school most children go to when PCSing in, the classrooms are always overcrowded with sometimes 30 or more children in a class! The children get out of school every Wednesday early, and there are always reasons for them to ask for money (fund raiser, shirts, expensive field trips, etc.)

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2013
I would agree with most reviews of this school. It is outdated, over crowded, lacks security, and the bathrooms are nasty, so much that my son refuses to use the bathroom at school, and I know of several other kids who are the same way. Curriculum is not standard across the board, one teacher does one thing, while another does something entirely different. Overall not impressed with this school, and we are looking to move soon, to get our kids in a better school!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
Im not happy with school at all!! Today I went sign my son out early from school. As I was waiting for him in the office to be walk down by an adult seeing how its 3 teachers in the classroom one should have escorted him down to the office. Instend of a little kid that look like he is no more than 5. Yrs old!! And my son is older than him!! I feel like they are lacking safely issuses here when it comes to the safely of your child they should have cameras here and guards watching at all times!! Anybody can walk upon that campus at any time and take a child in no one will know not know it!! No cameras no suvliance system at all!! And prinplce is not doing a good job at all keep our kids safe at all!! Thats why i drive back up to check up on my son!! And they dont keep the bathrooms clean at all for theses kids! Our kids deserve a better school than this!! Our soldiers do alot for our country and they cant give our kids a better school this is not ok!! This post needs to do better than this!! They are lacking atthis school and post!! Parents please stay in the states!!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
I found that the school is extremely outdated not just the school building but also their school supplies in the class rooms. The class rooms are tiny and overcrowded. The facilities have a very poor appearance and I was not the least bit impressed with the education, it definitely lives up to its poor education stigma. I am not at all impressed with this school I am shocked when anyone has anything good to say about it and these comments are far and few.

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January 12, 2010
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no rating October 04, 2009
Hale Kula is an okay school if you cant afford private. My kids have been going there for three years and it bothers me that their academics are not across the board. One teacher will teach well and give their students tons of productive homework, and another in the same grade will not. No homework or anything. I had a friend and her son was in the same grade just in another class. He was in first grade and couldn't spell....at all. the teacher never sent home spelling homework. While the teacher we had did send home lots of homework. It's not consistant throughout. They are over crowded and have way too many field trips and programs and they need more learning. Now that we have these furlough days, we are getting less time in the classroom. Over all, I would try to move to Mililani where the schools are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Hale Kula rates high - an army base school in Hawaii that holds terrific positive caring as well as excellent performance - all despite the remote location in the middle of the Pacific. They are supporting each other on this active army base and would thrive with the compassionate receiving of these funds. The children of our army soldier families are greatly deserving recipients. Aloha!!

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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Hale Kula Elementary School is a great place to learn. I am a student and I have enjoyed being here. We have been here for almost three years and there is a lot of pride in our school. My teacher helps us learn and she makes it fun. I am in 4th grade. The school has lots of activities that you can do after school with your parents. I like that the teachers help us understand our homework and our classwork. I can ask questions when I don't understand things. The teachers always helps.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 24, 2009
The school is really clean and has pictures on the buildings to help you know where to go. It has really nice teachers and if you are struggling there is someone to help you. Field trips are fun. I learn a lot here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2008
This school is horrilbe!! Most parents currently share the same concerns, our children are not learning. The teachers are giving out busy work and not challenging the students. They entire school shares 2 small playgrounds. The lower grade levels watch TV daily.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
My kids have been attending Hale Kula for two years now. We have had nothing, but good experiences with teachers, parents, and staff. The more you are devoted to your childs education the better experience you will have thus increasing your childs self-esteem!!! My suggestion is to keep communication open with teachers and staff members!! Yes, the student ratio is high this year, but the administration seems to be doing what they can in order to support this issue. The ladies in the PTO are very friendly. They work hard to help raise money in order to support the school. They were open to my suggestions earlier in the year and I have seen them work hard in order to support the students, staff, and families! All staff and faculty members work hard in order to provide a positive atmosphere for the children. I would recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2008
This school is over crowded. There is bullying going on and nothing productive being done to deter or stop the bullying. There is a lot of yelling in the class rooms and a lack of control over students. The principal is not accomodating. She listens like a teenager 'in one ear and out the other'. There are not enough playground equipment for the children. Fortunatley there are a few good teachers at this school but you have to be lucky to get one....good luck.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2008
The principal at this school is horrible. she often disregards the needs of students with disabilities or special needs if she feels like her position of authority is in danger. i know because i have a child who has special needs. also their program for disabled children is poor. i was horrified and disgusted with it. the school is over crowded and under staffed. i have seen instances where two classes were put into one room, children with special needs being inlcuded in these situations. i wouldnt recomen this school to anyone.

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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 27, 2008
I have one child at this school. This is by far the worst school any of my 4 kids have attended. The teachers do not encourage students,they yell at them and put themdown on a consistant basis. You are not allowed in the classroom onsurprise inspections (which I have done with all the kids) They want to make sure you get permission to do so. No PE/Music/Sports?Art. Also very outdated Language Arts and reading program (which educators say doesnt teach comprehension just the ability to do well on a test. They teachers and staff are ignorant and lazy. All they do is fund raising. The PTO is a group of immature women, who will call you a bad parent if you do not 'join' their organization. All they teach is the HAwaii Assesment Test, and nothing more. I really feel bad for the kids, asthey are theonesto suffer.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
Hale Kula is a great school! They are really accommdated my children esp my youngest who is require extra attention. I have really bonded with the teachers there, they are wonderful. The principal is visible on campus as well as the vice principal. They are very serious about education, safety and inspiring the children that attends Hale Kula. If you are new to the island and have reservation about the school. Hale Kula is great, I became involved with my kids and their education. I learn the parents and teachers have to become a team to make your childs education a success. I praise Hale Kula and the staff for all they do! The secretaries are great too.....

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
I have seen nothing but wonderful things come out of Hale Kula. My son is an example of that and my nephew is getting better help then he has in any other special education setting. He is part mainstream and part one-on-one time because of his needs, but my sister raves about how much better he does in this school then he did in a private, special ed only school. I am nothing but ecstatic about Hale Kula and its faculty!

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August 26, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 26, 2005
My 2 children attended Hale Kula for 3 years.This is the worst school that they ever attended.One of my sons teacher could only speak some broken English,the other punished my child and another for 2 months because of mis behavior at the playground. I was never notified. The majority of the teachers here are poor, with lots of yelling, as well as the principal who you almost never see around the campus. They didn't meet the test scores for no child left behind this year which is no surprise as there are 25 plus kids in each class. PE is only available 1 day a week and there is no art class/teacher they just got a music teacher last year. Now back on the mainland and my kids are 6 mos behind.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
We moved to Hawaii and everyone encouraged us to go to a private school. We decided to give the public schools a chance. Two of our children attended Hale Kula through the third grade. Overall we were pleased with their education and the professionalism of the staff. I would concur with the writer who felt the math teaching was inadequate. Our daughter's teacher did not cover 1/2 of the math book. When she went to third grade she was behind, but she was fortunate to have Ms. Kimaura who worked very hard with her. We moved back to the mainland and our children attended a highly rated Texas public school. They have excelled in this school, never once being behind their peers. Hale Kula does not 'teach the test'. The children take the test without spending hours being prepared. I would recommend Hale Kula for any student.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2005
I went there about 6 years when our family lived in Schofield Barracks and I really loved the school and the teachers. Some of my best memories so far have been at Hale Kula Elementary.

- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2004
I attended Hale Kula 6 years ago. I remember that everyone was friendly and more than willing to help. The education in reading and spelling was excellent, but the math training was nonexistant. As a result, my math skills suffer to this day. I attended Hale Kula from first to third grade, and not once did I receive a lesson in math. It was only after I transferred to another school and then moved to Virginia that I recieved an education in math. I was very far behind as a result. The school is friendly, and then atmosphere is much like home. I was also thrilled to learn the Hawaiian language, and I hope that they are continuing to teach it. Thank you Hale Kula!

- submitted by a former student
September 25, 2004
I went to Hale Kula about 7 years ago and though my kindergarten teacher was very unprofessional the following two years were wonderful. To this day they were some of my favorite teachers. I would definitely give this school a try if you were moving to the community. Good Luck. Enjoy Hawaii.

- submitted by a former student
September 20, 2004
I have 2 children that attend Hale Kula Elementary School and I find that the teachers are very professional. I also find that they are considerate of my children's feelings. It is tough being in a military community where negative predispositions have been formed. I would like to suggest to all current families and future families to give the staff at Hale Kula a chance. I personally find that the other parents try to make it hard for the teachers, therefore it is difficult for the teachers to establish strong relationships with parents because they are frustrated. I enjoy the staff at Hale Kula and the school is very pleasant.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
My children have attended Hale Kula every since our family was stationed here; however, Hale Kula is the worst school my children have ever attended anywhere. Some of the teachers as well as the principal and vice principal are so blinded by what is going on with the lack of professionalism with the staff. I agree with the one response of the family who talked of their child constantly being picked on and nothing being done about it as well as phone calls not being returned. If I were to rate Hale Kula 10 being the best and 1 being the worst, I would rate that school a negative 20. The staff doesn't listen to the children. My children are told on several occasions not to worry about something or to just go sit down. Very uncaring and unprofessional. How many teachers would stand for that with their own child.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
My son began kindergarten at Hale Kula. He was brutally picked on by older kids. His teacher said that she knew what was going on, but had so many students that she couldn't keep an eye on everyone all the time. Phone calls to the school were never returned and we had to move him to private school. The best decision we ever made!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2003
My daughter has special needs and has been treated w/respect and kindess the entire time she has attended Hale Kula. The teachers were great in challenging her academically and socially.

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Hale Kula Elementary School
Waianae and Ayres Ave, Wahiawa, HI  96786
(808) 622-6380
Last modified Hale Kula Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hale Kula Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top