‘Iolani School



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Iolani School
Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Head of School

It takes many inspired and diverse hands, hearts and minds coming together as one to educate the whole child at ‘Iolani. As one of Hawai‘i’s oldest—and one of the nation’s largest—independent schools, the coed K-12 school pursues educational excellence by bringing together bold and outstanding thinking, programs and educators. 


As a result, its 35 Scholastic Art Award winners and five-member Hawai‘i State Economic Challenge champions mingle with fellow students performing in “The Sound of Music.” ‘Iolani’s “One Team” spirit shines bright from all 120 athletic teams, and drove the girls soccer, boys cross-country and tennis teams to 2018 state championship victories. The ethos thrives across campus and propels collaboration, including genome DNA sequencing research and service learning in the state-of-the-art Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. 


‘Iolani offers students an education for a lifetime, providing opportunities for all to participate in scholarly, spiritual, social, aesthetic and physical pursuits. To these efforts, ‘Iolani is committed to: 


CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE where students can discover, grow and express themselves. A new K-1 Community facility for kindergartners and first-graders features unique classrooms, blending outdoor and indoor learning spaces in five new buildings. Construction will be completed in spring 2019. Reviving ‘Iolani’s boarding school tradition with a new on-campus residence to house local, domestic and international students, aims to increase campus diversity and cross- cultural relationships. 


BUILDING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS that bridge understanding and form positive character traits, beginning with small student-centered classes. Each child is known by attentive teachers, parents are welcomed partners in their child’s education and lifelong friendships are nurtured through cooperative learning and real-life projects aimed at enhancing our community. ‘Iolani’s “Citizen Science” projects engage students, whether through helping to restore Hawai‘i’s unique stream biodiversity or sharing local information on dengue- carrying mosquitoes worldwide via the internet. 


ENCOURAGING LEARNING AND LIVING BALANCE by giving students opportunities beyond academics to pursue passions, develop kind hearts and good character and explore new ventures without fear of failure. Students tutor local public school students through ‘Iolani’s KA‘I public/ private partnership program. They track and protect the white tern (Manu-o-Kū), or join clubs that range from chess to surfing. 


At ‘Iolani, “we have a fundamental institutional mission to be a leader in the betterment of our community and to create opportunities for students to make an authentic positive difference,” says Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Head of School. 




563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826, (808) 943-2222, Iolani.org