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2017 Hawai‘i Private School Guide

(Sponsored) Find out what sets Hawai‘i private schools apart. Our Private School Guide has become the trusted resource for parents trying to find the best fit for their child’s education. Learn about the unique culture, classes and philosophies of some of Hawai‘i’s schools.


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Your Child’s Education, a World of Possibilities 

The Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) is proud to provide families and our community with this informational guide featuring the private schools in the state. Our member schools join me in thanking First Hawaiian Bank for sponsoring the Private School Guide, and for its deep commitment to Hawai‘i’s children and their future. I would also like to thank HONOLULU Magazine for its commendable collaboration, insight and professionalism.


The title of this letter, “Your Child’s Education, A World of Possibilities,” is a reflection on my first year as executive director at HAIS. Having visited more than 40 member schools on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island has afforded me the opportunity to experience the variety of exceptional schools striving for excellence in our state. It is clear that HAIS member schools excel at helping children achieve personal and academic success by providing unique and exceptional learning environments. 


The benefits of independent schools in Hawai‘i are numerous: 

  •  Tuition fees are well below those of many other states;

  • Most schools offer financial assistance or scholarships;

  • Class sizes are generally smaller, with lower adult-to-student ratios;

  • Schools are able to offer relevant curriculum and programs, constantly responding to a rapidly changing world.

The vision statement of HAIS asks us to “support member schools, and other organizations, in preparing all students for the challenges of life and social responsibility.” Besides contributing to the Private School Guide, HAIS provides schools with professional development opportunities; three annual conferences; a reflective and rigorous accreditation process; a global issues student leadership program; an informative education fair; and much more. 


We encourage you to visit our website at, email us at or call (808) 973–1540 for more information on HAIS member schools, our services, programs and other valuable resources.



Robert Landau

Executive Director, 
Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) 

1585 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1212; Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96814-4527
(808) 973-1540 | Email: | 



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A Message From First Hawaiian Bank 


A Message from HAIS’ Executive Director


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Applying to Private School: A Timeline

Thinking about private school for your child? Finding the right school for your child and getting her or him enrolled can take at least a year. Here is a 12-month timeline to make sure you don’t miss a crucial deadline along the way.


Catching Up 

You’ve missed a deadline in the application process; does that mean your child has no chance of getting admitted? Not necessarily. Here’s why there’s still a chance. 


What Does Accreditation Mean for Your Child?

You’ll notice schools claiming accreditation from an alphabet soup of organizations—AACS, ACSI, WASC, WCEA. We explain who these groups are and what their approval means.


What Are You Looking For? 

You and your child will want a clear idea of exactly what you’re looking for in a private school before you begin the search. Here are some general areas you might consider.


How to Ace the Interview 

The last, and often most dreaded, step of the application process is one that only your child can do: the personal interview.


Financial Aid FAQs

Commonly asked questions about financial aid.


Exploring Your Potential New Campus

Get a real sense of your child’s private-school options by digging deep into a campus visit.


Common Myths 

We debunk some of the most common rumors about private school admission with help from the folks in charge of who gets in. 


A Complete Directory to HAIS Independent Schools 

Information on 107 schools and two colleges.


2017 Listings of Private Schools 


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