These are the local Oahu Military bases and their schools on and off base and during Temporary lodging. Always confirm with your Military base school liaison to make sure this information is up to date. 

First day of public school is Aug 6, 2018.

Schofield Barracks
The Army School Liaison Office Building 1283, 241 Hewitt Street Schofield Barracks, HI 96857. Email: Phone: (808) 655-8326

These schools also apply to children staying at the Schofield Inn, the following have been designated as temporary schools: 

Tripler Army Medical Center Housing
And for children staying at the Tripler Guest House:

Wheeler Army Air Station

Schools serving Camp Smith Mañana housing

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) schools

Fort Shafter

  • Grades K–6 Makalapa, Red Hill, Pearl Harbor or Webling Elementary School (depending on home address)
  • Grades 7 & 8 Aliamanu or Moanalua Middle, or Aiea Intermediate School (depending on home address)
  • Grades 9 – 12 Radford, Moanalua or Aiea High School (depending on home address)

Kaneohe Marine Corp Base schools

  • Mokapu Elementary (Only on base school) Grades K-6 but not all kids who live on base will go here. 808-254-7964
  • Aikahi Elementary Grades K-6 with links to the school, playground, military help, and library services.  808-254-7944

Grades K-6 Kainalu ElementaryKailua Elementary
Grades 7-8. 808-263-1500 Kailua Intermediate 
Grades 9-12. 808-266-7900 Kailua High 
Grades 9-12. 808-254-7900 Kalaheo High 

Families not residing in a designated school complex (district) area may be required to obtain a GE (Geographic Exception) to attend school in another complex / district area. Geographic Exceptions (GE):

In Sep 2017, per KHON2, Public schools enrolled 168,095 students (down 1,173 from last year), and charter schools saw an increase of enrollment with 11,160 students (up 526 from last year) and the addition of two new charter schools.

In 2017-18, the five largest public schools by grade level are:

  • High Schools (all grades 9-12): Campbell (3,110), Mililani (2,571), Waipahu (2,554), Farrington (2,309), Kapolei (2,035).
  • Intermediate (grades 7-8)/Middle (grades 6-8): Mililani Middle (1,873), Kapolei Middle (1,521), Waipahu Intermediate (1,294), Maui Waena Intermediate (1,176), Kalakaua Middle (1,075).
  • Elementary Schools: August Ahrens (1,249), Holomua (1,163), Ewa (1,070), Keoneula (1,037), Waipahu (1,026).

The five largest charter schools are: Hawaii Technology Academy (1,111), Kamaile Academy (858), Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao (653), Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences (644), Myron Thompson Academy (582).


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HAWAII MILITARY LIFE is a NEW 2017 group. We try to look for a lot of FREE events or discounts for Military. We also post PCS instructions, shipping a car dealing with pets, BAH, and anything related to Military commands in Hawaii. This group is NOT FOR PROFIT so we are REAL DoD families helping each other. You can search through our Facebook site using key words on the left column. 

 Solomon Elementary School Schofield, Wahiawa, Hawaii

Solomon Elementary School Schofield, Wahiawa, Hawaii

 Solomon  elementary is beginning a $90M renovation in summer 2017

Solomon  elementary is beginning a $90M renovation in summer 2017

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Hawaii Public Schools

Are you thinking about coming to Hawaii and wondering where the best schools are? Are you interested in public schools information, rankings, and best places to live? Here is some information about the public schools, private schools and homeschooling in our area to help you with your search.

  • Special Needs info is at the bottom of this page, including registration, calendar, forms, links to school sites, etc. 

First day of Hawaii Public School is Aug 6, 2018.

How did the Hawaii Public schools rankings fair? 

When choosing a school I suggest to use your own judgement, vice .com websites, and ask your sponsors or other military families what they think. Hawaii performance scores wasn't looking good at first but after talking to other families, it's really WHAT WE MAKE OF IT while we are here as a family. Sometimes we don't have a lot of options when we PCS.

This link below is the most informative site for school scores because it's actual performance scores from the Hawaii Department of Education (DoE). The Great Schools sites, etc., only provide some of their rankings based on what parents think of it. The best analysis is the actual school performance scores. Click on the Hawaii performance link below, select a school and click on "READ MORE".

If you on the school you are interested in, there is a link to the 2016/2017 most recent performance report.


I'm not sure how they calculate their ratings but this is's list of the top ranked elementary schools.

Also here is the list from

US News and world report for top Highschools in Hawaii 2017

  • #1 Roosevelt HS
  • #2 Mililani HS
  • #3 McKinley HS
  • #4 Kalani HS
  • #5 Moanalua HS
  • #6 Leilehua HS

Hawaii DOE FAQ's for Military families

Hawaii Public Schools calendars 2016-2020.

A few Hawaii Public schools have a track system in which you are on one of 4 tracks throughout the year. The public school calendar for 3 of the 4 TRACK schools started on July 10, 2017. TRACK schools go all year long. The track schools are: Holomua Elementary, Kapolei Elementary, Kapolei Middle and Mililani Middle are all on the track system, in which groups of students begin the school year at different periods of the calendar.

Here's a link to the MULTITRACK SCHOOL CALENDAR for 2017:

The Hawaii public schools have boundaries for neighborhoods. Here is a link to look for a school in the area for which you may reside. If you click on the “School site locator” at the bottom of the page you will launch an interactive map. Click on the area for which you will reside, or enter and address, and it will provide you the names of the schools in that boundary.

Here is the Hawaii Department of Education Health Form 14 that is the health form required for all entry into Hawaii public and private schools. This is what you would bring to your pediatrician to fill out. Private schools also use this form but customize it for their school so make sure to use the one from the specific school you will attend. 

For 7th graders a physical exam is required within one year of entry into public school. 

Bring to registration:

How to enroll from the Hawaii DOE

Take a look at these highschools. Leilehua HS, Mililani HS, Radford HS and Campbell HS because they are the only four schools in the state under the National Math and Science initiative (NMSI).

Students have access to rigorous college-level AP courses, and classrooms received computers, science equipment and other materials needed.

The 4 schools accounted for 82 percent of the state’s increase in qualifying AP math, science and English scores in Hawaii.

Here is some Information for Special Needs families. Every Public School has trained individuals on Special Needs. 

If you are already had Special Needs evaluated from your previous school, once you pick a school, contact the Student Services Coordinator (SSC) whom "will probably accept your paperwork for your current special Ed program" so you can go right into it without evaluation. They said as soon as you pick your school send in the paperwork right away. 

This is a great article on Special education. The school can do and evaluation to determine special needs. It's a 60 day evaluation process you with the school you choose (you might probably be familiar with this kind of thing already).

Another choice for evaluation is if you get referred to the Learning Disabilities ADHD clinic, they can do testing with four, 2 hour sessions and they they write up the assessment report. The public school may require the teachers to observe and evaluate and so LD ADHD uses trained behavioral specialists to analyze your child's behavior. 

Here is an informative link about Special Education information across the U.S. by state. Hawaii is on page 24.

I had the pleasure of interviewing a family who has a special needs school age kid with cerebral palsy. He lives on the LEEWARD side in WEST OAHU out in EWA (Evah). He moved here from an assignment out in England and I asked him how hard was it to find schools for his child. He said he found "Holomua elementary school" in Ewa Gentry area and he went through an exhaustive evaluation process but was glad he did. The school has a low student to teacher ratio and they really challenge the students as much as possible. They have an assistant for his daughter to help her when she's in a bind and a Physical Therapist that works with her weekly. That sounds like a great school!

SPECIAL NEEDS checklist before you PCS

Make sure that you have paper copies of your child’s:

  • Most recent transcripts and grade reports;

  • Most recent eligibility reports where your child was determined eligible for special

    educa on;

  • Current and past individual educa on programs (IEP), including quarterly progress


  • Special educa on assessment reports, including:

  • School psychology;

  • Occupa onal or physical therapy;

  • Speech-language pathology;

  • Other reports contained in the special educa on le.

  • Names of par cular textbooks or other materials that were e ec ve for your child;

  • Medical reports;

  • If applicable, reports from service providers not connected to school, such as a private therapist;

  • Inocula on records to ensure your child can be enrolled on arrival;

  • Prescriptions for medications and dosages.

Ask your child’s classroom and/or special education teacher to write a brief narrative about your child’s current educational program that you can share with the state at your child’s new school.