Military Families

The Department works with the Interstate Compact to smooth the experience for military families who enroll their children in Hawaii's public schools. Military families often encounter challenges due to frequent relocations in service to our country. We're here to help.

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Hawaii is the temporary or long-term home for 300,000-plus military personnel and their families. About 14,000 military dependents, representing about 8 percent of the total student enrollment, attend public schools. Families belong to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy base installations located on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, as well as the Pacific Command headquartered on Oahu. ​Our Frequently Asked Questions list is designed to assist military families with their transition to Hawaii and its public school system. In the video, below, hear from some of our military students about their experiences.​

 

​View these pages for an overview of key drivers of public school education in Hawaii:

  • [VIEWMilestones in Transformation 
  • [VIEWAn Expectation of College 
  • [VIEWFuture Ready Learning 
  • [VIEW​]​ Mālama Honua 



​Leilehua High School provides many programs to help military-dependent students to make the transition to Hawaii living and find academic success.​


Navy Region Hawaii spotlights Radford High School as one of the great things about military service in Hawaii.​


US Army Hawaii's Every Day Counts video highlights common education challenges for our military students and families and offers tested solutions towards ensuring academic excellence.​​​


​School Liaison Officers

​The school your child can attend will depend on where you will live. Contact your service’s School Liaison Officer or these resources for assistance:

Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard​
Oahu: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sand Island
Kauai: Pacific Missile Range Facility​​
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​​Kimberly Crutchfield, email808-471-3662
Kim Butler Munoz, email808-471-3673

​Army
Oahu: Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield
Big Island (Hawaii) – Pohakuloa Training Area​
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Tamsin Keone, email

​​​808-655-8326
Wendy Nakasone, email
Wayne Yoshino, email

Marines
Oahu: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Camp Smith ​
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Amy Solomon, email808-257-2019
Hawaii Army & Air National Guard​​ ​
CPT Christine Rosalin, email​808-672-1681

​Impact Aid

The Department receives funds from the federal government known as Impact Aid to offset the costs associated with federal installations. The importance of this funding cannot be overstated. Hawaii has the highest number of military dependent children per capita in the nation. The state also has dozens of federal housing installations that also qualify for these funds. Impact Aid is used each year to offset costs for standards-aligned curricular resources, substitute teachers, student transportation, school utilities and other services. ​We rely on families who are in federal housing and military environments to fill out an annual survey in order to collect these funds. Click here to learn more.

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Military-impacted schools

The numbers of military families moving to new housing developments in Central and Leeward Oahu, especially the Mililani and Kapolei communities, have grown. Listed below are schools that have significant populations of military dependent students. 

Central District Schools

Leeward District Schools

Windward District Schools

​​​Success Stories

Going through a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) can be stressful, but many military families who have PCS-ed to Hawaii say the Aloha State has become a second home. Take a look:

When you enroll your child in Hawaii's public school system, you don't have to be worried about whether they'll be challenged. We've adopted Common Core standards​ along with ​42 other states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). ​​

Radford High School's Transition Center has helped military students for over a decade to acclimate to their new school and surroundings with the guidance of experienced, volunteer student facilitators. These student peers help all new students, both military and civilian, and offer resources and support towards ensuring academic achievement. See the highlights:

Roughly 65 percent of Radford students come from military families in the Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor area. The program has been recognized for its service by former First Lady Laura Bush in 2007 and by the Department of Defense.

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Joint Venture Education Forum

With the support of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the JVEF was established in 1999 as a partnership between the Department, military and community stakeholders as a venue to address mutual concerns through meaningful discussion and relationships to promote educational opportunities for Hawaii’s children. Partnerships resulting from the JVEF improve our public schools, supports for military families and children, and community relations for both cultures. To learn more, contact the Department's Military Liaison, Cherry Torres Okahara: cherry_okahara@notes.k12.hi.us​ or 808-271-5724.​


​Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)

While the armed services have made great strides in easing the transition of their personnel, their spouses and, most importantly, their children, much remains to be done at the state and local levels to ensure that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children​ addresses these concerns,​


Kupono Diploma Program​​

The Department's Kupono Diploma Program​ grants honorary high school diplomas to World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans, and individuals whose schooling was interrupted due to internment in relocation camps during World War II.​

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Contact Information

Cherry Torres Okahara

Phone: 808-271-5724

Email: cherry_okahara@notes.k12.hi.us

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