School Facilities

One in five of our schools is over 100 years old. As such, the Department’s repair and maintenance of school buildings and systems are in constant motion. In addition, we are engaged in a revolution of energy efficiency and sustainability in our schools that will help us meet the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative goals, while educating our keiki and reducing utility costs. Read on for our programs and partners.

Become a vendor

Companies interested in working with the Department on its various school facilities projects should review our vendor pages, which include information about working with the state's procurement portal, the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS).

Provide professional services

Firms interested in providing professional services for the DOE may register via our consultant portal.

Heat abatement program

The Department's heat abatement effort​ prioritizes schools that require cooling strategies, which may include air conditioning. We work with the Legislature to fast-track the schools that need relief most.

Ka Hei: Sustainability is our future

The Department's Ka Hei program, a five-year endeavor launched in 2014, will integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs. As a comprehensive energy and sustainability program, Ka Hei will transform the learning envionment, reduce operational expenses and provide engaging educational opportunities for our students and community.

Key objectives:

  1. Reduce the cost and consumption of energy at all 255 DOE Schools.
  2. Build a diverse portfolio of new, clean, on-site generation.
  3. Aggressively implement energy efficiency and conservation measures including demand response.
  4. Support the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and the Department’s goal (Board of Education Policy 6710) of 90 percent clean energy by 2040.
  5. Leverage these transformational activities to create educational opportunities and stimulate the economy through local construction labor.

Use of school facilities, grounds

School facilities are available for public use as long as the requested activities do not interfere with normal school operations. Access to facilities and grounds is controlled by the prin​cipal of the school.​

School ​​communities

Schools are the central hub of any active community — build them, and the families will come. We partner with state agencies and developers to ensure that, as a community progresses, evaluations are in place to determine if a School Impact District must be established, and related fees are collected to ensure (1) schools are expanded to meet the community’s need, and/or (2) new schools are built.​


​We are always weighing innovative designs​, technologies, and processes to improve Hawaii's schools.

Playground initiative

The Department is refurbishing our school playgrounds​ with green materials that produce cost savings, allowing us to escalate fixes while keeping the safety of our keiki at the fore.​​​​

Hawaii 3R’s

This nonprofit initiated by the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in 2001 assists schools with small-in-scope projects to improve school campuses, matching donor funds in the amount of grants (limited to $50,000) to schools who produce matching private contributions or professional volunteerism (“sweat equity”). We encourage anyone who wants to help schools to contribute to this worthy cause.​​​


Companies interested in working with the Department on its various school facilities projects should review our vendor pages, including information about working with the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS).

Contact Information

Office of School Facilities and Support Services

Phone: 808-586-3444


Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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