Hanahauoli School

1922 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI 96822

Established by George and Sophie Cooke to fill the need for a small school with a developmental perspective, Hanahauoli utilizes an experiential learning approach based on the ideas of John Dewey. The broad program encourages children to experiment and solve problems in a variety of integrated subject areas. A foundation in traditional academic subjects is offered, with basic skills balanced by an emphasis on concept development. Students receive in-depth instruction in art, music, woodworking, physical education, French, social studies, science, literature and computers. Hanahauoli traditions are celebrated throughout the school year to bring students together and to enhance their sense of community. The "makahiki" is celebrated by the students at Thanksgiving in ancient Hawaiian fashion in honor of Lono, the god of agriculture. At the school's Olympic games and oratory, sixth graders retell Greek myths and compete in various track and field events. Stepping Stone Day commemorates each sixth grader's contribution to the school. Each graduating student's own stepping stone is unveiled before the school and remains on campus as a permanent symbol of the child. Parental involvement plays an important role in the workings of the school. Parents accompany students on field trips and contribute to classroom units as lecturers on their particular professions or cultural traditions. The parent organization sponsors numerous events during the year that serve to raise funds for the school and bring families together. Hanahauoli conducts an optional after-school care program and several enrichment programs at an additional cost.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-6
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1922 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI 96822
Year Established1918
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorCynthia Gibbs-Wilborn
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment208
Day Students208
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