2016 Private School Guide


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Damien Memorial School

Providing young men and women with a quality Catholic education.

Photos: Damien Memorial School 


Bernard Ho, President

After 50 years as a single gender school, Damien Memorial School has now completed its third year as a co-educational institution. The grade 6 to 12 school graduated its last all-male class, and is now fully co-educational. “We are expanding our reach by offering a quality Damien education to an even greater part of our school ‘ohana for now and for the future,” says President Bernard Ho. Welcoming girls allows families to now have all their children attend the same school to receive an outstanding Catholic education.


With over 200 young women now part of the Damien student body, the school offers new uniforms and a revamped sports program, including remodeled locker and bathroom facilities to accommodate them.


Damien provides young men and women with a quality Catholic education focusing on the development of the whole person and celebrating the value and dignity of each person in the tradition of the Christian Brothers. The school is committed to providing an excellent education that positions its students to have choices in institutions of higher learning and opportunities for desired careers. Approximately 98 percent of Damien’s graduates pursue higher education, and Damien’s Class of 2015 earned $2.5 million in academic scholarships to attend 60 prestigious colleges and universities across 24 states nationwide. 


“Our objective is to enroll students from all walks of life and give preferential consideration to the marginalized student who otherwise would not have access to a Catholic school education. We challenge our students to achieve their maximum academic potential and become men and women of character,” says Ho. “As a Catholic school, we strive to motivate our students to live the legacy of St. Damien of Molokai, the school’s patron Saint, and Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers of Ireland.” 


For over 50 years, Damien has gained recognition for its excellence in education, its emphasis on the spiritual well-being and Catholic identity of its students, and its value-based learning environment exemplified by its motto, “Viriliter Age” (Latin for “act courageously”) that encourages students to be moral and ethical citizens. A quiet and safe campus in Kalihi and small classes provide students with individualized attention from dedicated teachers and with fellowship and bonding among students. 


The WASC-accredited school’s comprehensive curriculum of college prep academics, athletics and the arts includes AP and Honors courses and advanced science and technology opportunities, including SmartBoard technology. It is one of the few schools in Hawaii offering hydroponics and aquaculture labs for its students. A full athletic program provides students competitive varsity and junior varsity teams in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Campus Ministry and Christian service are integral parts of the school schedule, providing opportunities for faith formation and personal contemplation. 


“It is rewarding to receive testimonials from our alumni that a Damien education guided them through challenges and instilled in them lifelong Christian values,” says Ho. “A Damien graduate will always remember the meaning of ‘Viriliter Age’.”



1401 Houghtailing Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, (808) 841-0195, Damien.edu


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