Hanalani Schools


Hanalani Schools

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Hanalani school
Mark Sugimoto,
Head of School

Nestled on 6 beautiful acres in Mililani, Hanalani Schools has nurtured, challenged and equipped students for success in both college and life for 66 years. Hanalani seeks to enrich the whole child—mentally, physically and spiritually—and develop successful leaders within their future career fields, communities and families through high-quality programs focused on three foundational pillars: core knowledge/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), critical skills and Christian character. 


At Hanalani, we describe our approach to teaching core knowledge as Academics Plus, by which our students develop their academic foundations focused on STEAM. We also believe to effectively meet the challenges students will face postgraduation, they need more than just academics—they need to engage in learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Our students regularly experience off-campus learning in places and at events around the island, as well as trips abroad. Cocurricular opportunities, especially through various teams—in athletics, arts and other activities—provide our students with additional rich life and leadership lesson opportunities. The athletic field/court, drama production stage and student government headquarters all serve as empowering classrooms for working cooperatively and developing leadership skills.


Critical skills prove equally foundational as core knowledge to the development of successful leaders—creativity and adaptability, critical and analytical thinking, citizenship, collaborative leadership, effective communication (written, oral, digital and arts), digital citizenship and cultural competence. These skills are taught by traditional classroom methods as well as through cocurricular activities.


The last foundational pillar, Christian character, addresses the hearts and character development of our students. They are taught to love God and others, which translates to dealing with others through compassion, kindness, empathy, integrity, honesty and other relational virtues critical to successful leadership.   


Our Lower School program for grades K3–six offers classroom technology, organized sports, robotics, art, music, eco-garden, overnight camps and Neighbor Island trips, a three-time nationally recognized student government program, a champion Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) team and more.


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Our Upper School program for grades seven-12 features an award-winning mathematics team, two-time international champion robotics team, gold-standard nationally recognized student government program, 20+ honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and more. We also offer a variety of online courses to prepare students for digital communications in college and business. Cocurricular activities include ILH athletic teams, drama, band, orchestra, clubs and more. The classroom experience is extended through various class-based trips and visits to such places as Maui; Europe; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Japan.


We are proud that 100 percent of our graduates are accepted into colleges/universities, with many receiving scholarships. Call or visit us online for more information.


94-294 Anania Drive, Mililani, Hawaii 96789, (808) 625-0737, Hanalani.org


Hanalani Schools