Charter Schools

Hawaii's 34 public charter schools are operated and managed by independent governing boards. They operate under a performance contract with the State Public Charter School Commission. If you're interested in learning more about Hawaii's charter schools, please connect with the Charter School Commission.

​Charter School Directory​

List of current charter schools in Hawaii maintained by the Charter School Commission.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Charter School commission

The mission of the State Public Charter School Commission​ is to authorize high-quality public charter schools throughout Hawaii. The Commission a​pproves quality applications for new charter schools and monitors the performance and legal compliance of existing charter schools. The major responsibilities of the Charter School commission include:

  • Providing assistance and support for the development, growth, progress, and success of the charter schools and the charter school system;
  • Determining charter school and charter school system needs through analysis and providing recommendations on charter school issues;
  • Serving as an advocate for the charter schools and the charter school system and representing them in communications with the Board of Education, governor and Legislature;
  • Acting as a liaison, conduit, mediator and facilitator between the charter schools and state agencies; and
  • Preparing and executing the overall charter school system budget and allocating and distributing both state and federal funds to the charter schools.

If you have questions about Hawaii's charter schools, you're encouraged to reach out to the Commission:

1111 Bishop Street, Suite 516, Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 808-586-3775
Fax: 808-586-3776

​Strive HI Performance System reports

HIDOE annually evaluates the performance of all public schools, including charters, through the Strive HI Performance System. Strive HI reports provide a snapshot of key school progress indicators such as assessment scores, achievement growth and gap reduction, student readiness, and more. Schools earn points across these indicators for a possible point total of 400 in the Strive HI Index.

Click on the school years below to view Strive HI reports for our Charter Schools. Note: Reports for schools marked with an asterisk are not publicly available due to small student populations. Instead, the school's Strive HI Index score and classification are listed.





Hawaii Island

Hakipu'u Learning Center *


  • 2013-14 Report: 107; Priority​
  • 2012-13 Report: 84; Priority​

Halau Ku Mana *


  • 2013-14 Report: 238; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 133; Focus​

Hawaii Academy of
Arts & Science

Hawaii Island

Hawaii Technology Academy *



Hawaii Island

Ka 'Umeke Kāʻeo *

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14 Report: 104; Priority
  • 2012-13 Report: 36; Priority

Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao *


Kamaile Academy


Kanu o ka 'Aina

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14 Report: 213; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 219; Continuous Improvement



  • 2013-14: 154; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 135; Focus

Kau Learning Academy (Opened July 2015)

Hawaii Island

  • First report coming Fall 2016

Kawaikini *


  • 2013-14 Report: 202; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 158; Continuous Improvement

Ke Ana La'ahana *

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14 Report: 170; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 147; Continuous Improvement

Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha Learning Center *


  • 2013-14 Report: 151; Focus
  • 2012-13 Report: 72; Priority

Ke Kula 'o Nawahiokalani'opu'u Iki *

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14:​ 76; Priority​
  • 2012-13 Report: 20; Priority

Ke Kula 'o Samuel M. Kamakau *


  • 2013-14 Report: ​202; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 173; Continuous Improvement

Kihei *


Kona Pacific

Hawaii Island

Kua O Ka La

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14 Report: 124; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 135; Continuous Improvement​



Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha *


  • 2013-14 Report: 275; Continuous Improvement
  • 2012-13 Report: 238; Continuous Improvement

Lanikai Elementary


Laupahoehoe Community *

Hawaii Island

  • 2013-14 Report: 158; Focus
  • 2012-13 Report: 202; Focus

Mālama Honua
(Opened July 2014)


  • First report coming Fall 2015

Myron B. Thompson Academy


Nā Wai Ola

Hawaii Island

School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS)


University Laboratory School


Volcano School of Arts and Science

Hawaii Island



Wai'alae Elementary


Waimea Middle

Hawaii Island

West Hawai‘i Explorations Academy

Hawaii Island

Contact Information

Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission

Phone: 808-586-3775


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