Word of Life

550 Queen Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, (808) 550-0238, www.wordoflifehawaii.com


Committed to quality Christian education, Word of Life Academy (WOLA) has created a rich and diverse Christ-centered learning environment. Established in 1993, WOLA has celebrated five graduating classes since 2004 and educates students in grades K2 (age 2) through High School. Located in downtown Honolulu, the Academy is focused on five keys of excellence: Academic, Christian, Physical, Creative and Technological.

We provide a well-rounded and solid academic program to prepare students for college or career; over 95% of our graduating class of 2008 was accepted into college.

R. Tanouye, H. Panion III, PhD, Drs. K. Sepulveda and A. Sepulveda

Photographs by word of life academy

 Enriching its high academic curriculum are exciting programs that provide students with cutting-edge, skill-building opportunities usually found in larger schools. “Word of Life Academy has one of the finest and most sophisticated music technology facilities in the state,” says its Headmaster Royce Tanouye. The creator of the music technology program and Superintendent of WOLA, is Dr. Henry Panion, an award-winning composer, who has been conductor and arranger for Stevie Wonder for 15 years and is a music professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Through our School of Media and Performing Arts (SMPA) program we not only help our students to identify their creative gifts and talents, but we help them to develop and activate those gifts.  We offer classes and hands-on experiences in music, choir, drama, dance, tv camera/direction, sound, lighting, and so much more!

From the classroom to the field, Word of Life Academy students excel in the highly competitive Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) sports program. The “Firebrands” have taken home numerous Championships and Athlete of the Year Awards. Known for their sportsmanship on and off the field, WOLA athletes are trailblazers, following in the footsteps of Athletic Director Joe Onosai. Most recently, the ILH approved for the Firebrands to have a varsity football team – the first time in over 30 years that a new varsity football team has been added to the ILH.

Helping parents, teachers and students stay connected is the PowerSchool Student Information System.  Through PowerSchool, parents and administrators have online access at any time to monitor a child’s real-time progress in school. Founders of Word of Life Academy and Word of Life Christian Center are Pastors Art and Kuna Sepúlveda. Their goal, in partnership with a great team of committed teachers and school administration , is to create an environment where the seed of greatness in every student is ignited and released