Award Year: 2022

Kahala Elementary School

4559 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI, 96816-5046

(808) 733-8455

Ms. Sarene Oda, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Honolulu School District

School Website


Kahala Elementary school's vision is to provide a nurturing environment which provides a foundation for continuous personal and academic growth. Our mission is to address the diverse needs of all learners and nurture their talents and abilities. The school community will provide standards-based curricular and extra- curricular programs where all learners will be empowered to achieve the school-wide learner outcomes.

Student Demographics
  • White: 9%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 7%
  • Asian: 49%
  • Two or more races: 22%
Guest Speakers extend our learning beyond our school walls.

Guest Speakers extend our learning beyond our school walls.

When you step onto the campus of Kahala Elementary School, you feel a strong sense of belonging and connectedness; love and Aloha. The faculty, staff, students, and families truly embrace the components of Choose Love where we learn and show courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion through our actions. It is our mission to provide a nurturing environment which supports and educates the whole child. We provide a variety of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Students receive a balance of direct core instruction from their classroom teacher as well as student centered instruction through the various special classes such as PE, garden, art, music, library, and Kupuna (Hawaiian Studies).

In addition, we have partnerships with Hawaii Theater for Youth, Hawaii Opera Theater, and Artists In The Schools. Our classrooms serve as a safe learning environment where students and faculty work alongside each other to engage in conversation, collaborate, problem solve, and design solutions. With the variety of instructional opportunities, approaches, and strategies, our students are engaged in rigorous and relevant curriculum which challenges them to think differently and apply the skills and knowledge to address real world problems.