Sacred Hearts Academy

3253 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, (808) 734-5058,

Photos: Courtesy of Sacred Hearts Academy

Celebrating 100 years of preparing girls to become young women who can participate with confidence in an ever changing and complex world, Sacred Hearts Academy has a successful legacy of fostering an exemplary, single-sex education committed to time-honored Christian values, while remaining open to innovation.

Since 1909, Sacred Hearts has been an all-girls Catholic school, part of a historic nationwide school movement that helped bring women forward as participants in society. Today, it provides 1,100 students in junior kindergarten to grade 12 with a rich and diverse learning environment focused on preparing young women of Hawaii for the 21st century.

“We continue to be a work in progress, striving to meet our ongoing challenge of providing a balanced program of outstanding academics, arts, athletics and spiritual development for our students,” says Head of School Betty White. “It is a challenging task, but our dedicated teachers are committed to our charge of instilling in every girl intellectual growth, character development, responsible leadership and commitment to community service.”

In time for this 100th anniversary year (commemorated with a special Centennial logo) is the unveiling this fall of Sacred Hearts’ new Performing Arts Center, a two-story, 18,700-square-foot building to house the Academy’s band, choral and dance programs. The ambitious building project, the school’s first new facility since 1978, together with the McKeogh Visual Arts Center, complements the excellence of the Academy’s growing arts program that is part of the school’s diverse college prep curriculum. In June 2008, the Academy’s choral group participated in PICCFEST in Oregon, and in December, the band travels to London to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

Betty White
Head of School

The Academy’s learning-centered classroom environment counters gender-stereotyping by promoting students’ passion for math, science and technology, which rank high among the school’s academic strengths. Introduced in 2007, the school’s Robotics program was honored with the Rookie All-Star Award at the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition in April 2008.

The Academy is especially proud of its 2007 National School of Character Award, one of only ten schools honored nationwide and the only Hawaii school recognized. The Award is particularly gratifying, following on the heels of the school’s recognition as a National Service Learning Leader School in 2001.

“Character development comes from our spiritual foundation to develop young women of compassion, moral values and respect for all individuals,” says White. Committed to educating the mind and the heart, the Academy stays relevant with its meaningful Campus Ministry Program and a vibrant community service program. 


“For a century, we have nurtured excellence in education for girls to value themselves as individuals as they prepare to participate fully as learned, moral and responsible citizens,” says White.