Hanalani Schools

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Hanalani Schools
94-294 Anania Drive
Mililani, Hawaiʻi 96789

United States
Type Private Preparatory Day (Primary and Secondary)
Motto Love God. Love Others. Challenge Yourself
Established 1952
Head of school Mr. Mark Sugimoto
Staff 100 (approx. in total)
Faculty 70
Grades K3-12
Enrollment 750 (approx.)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and Gold          
Athletics http://www.hanalani.org/athletics
Athletics conference Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)
Affiliation Independent

Hanalani Schools is an affordable independent, private Christian school located in Mililani, on the Island of Oahu, that offers challenging programs for students in preschool through high school.

Hanalani is fully accredited by the American Association of Christian Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and has approximately 750 students in total.


Established in 1952 as King's School by the late Wallace Sugimoto, a small church nursery soon grew into an elementary school on Wilikina Drive in Wahiawā. In 1973, King's School changed its name to Hanalani Schools, meaning "Heaven's Work" and was officially incorporated as a non-denominational, non-profit organization by the State of Hawaii.

In 2012, Hanalani celebrated its Diamond Jubilee of 60 years of service to families in Hawaii.


Mission Statement[edit]

"Our primary mission is to train the children “of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10), and provide opportunities for all the children to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. From a Biblical foundation, we strive to develop students’ to a deeper worship of God and closer conformity to the image of Christ."

School Verse[edit]

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

School Wide Goals[edit]

Wise Person[edit]

  • Pursues Academic Excellence (Daniel 1:4)
  • Discerns between truth and error (Colossians 2:8)
  • Internalizes truth (Psalm 51:6)
  • Uses truth wisely (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
  • Disseminates the truth (Proverbs 9:9-11)

Maturing Christian[edit]

  • Seeks favor with God (Proverbs 3:3, 4)
  • Develops a loving relationship with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Psalm 1:2; Matthew 28:19, 20)
  • Serves and worships God faithfully through a church of like faith (Hebrews 10:25; II Timothy 2:1, 2)
  • Emulates Christ (Galatians 2:20; I Peter 1:15, 16)
  • Practices Biblical discernment (I John 4:1; Acts 17:11; James 1:22)

Productive Citizen[edit]

  • Finds favor with man (Proverbs 3:3,4)
  • Respects and submits to authority; unless it contradicts Biblical principles (Hebrews 13:17; Acts 5:29; Ephesians 6:1,2)
  • Contributes to the welfare of others (Mark 12:31; I Corinthians 10:24)
  • Works together with others to the fruition of a common goal (Philippians 2:2)
  • Utilize time and talents to improve the quality of life in family, church, school, and community (Matthew 5:13)
  • Chooses friends wisely (Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 2:20)
  • Accepts responsibility for plans and actions (II Samuel 24:17)

Balanced Individual[edit]

  • Develops physically and emotionally in structure (Ephesians 5:29)
  • Knows and applies principles of proper nutrition and health (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Understands the importance of exercise and rest (Mark 6:31)
  • Practices appropriate manners and applies principles of good hygiene (Matthew 5:16)
  • Controls and balances emotions (II Timothy 1:7; Galatians 5:22, 23)

21st Century Learning[edit]

School Of The Future (SOTF)[edit]

"In January 2008, the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) began exploring the ramifications of the changing global economy on the education practices in Hawaii's schools. As a result of this discussion, the Schools of the Future (SOTF) Initiative was launched in 2009.

SOTF is a five-year, capacity building initiative designed to transform the learning environments and teaching strategies of independent schools to better prepare students for work and citizenship in the 21st century. A cohort of schools was selected in 2009 and although their approaches to this issue have varied greatly, they have largely focused on student-centered, project or inquiry-based learning that actively incorporates technology into the curriculum. 

Each school in the Initiative has a SOTF Coordinator and SOTF Team made up primarily of teachers and administrators who are responsible for the implementation of their project. The SOTF Team is the vanguard of what we hope eventually will be a 21st Century transformation of the teaching and learning environments of the entire institution."[1]

Training 21st Century Leaders In...[edit]

  • Insight
  • Influence
  • Integrity

Training Kingdom Citizen[edit]

  • Core Content
  • Christian Character
  • Critical Skills
Critical Skills[edit]
  1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  2. Creativity & Innovation
  3. Communication
  4. Collaboration
  5. Citizenship In A Digital Age

Lower School[edit]

Early Childhood (EC)[edit]

The Early Childhood (EC) Program is broken down into three grade levels of K-3, K-4, and K-5. Each grade level corresponds with the child's age and ability.


Hanalani competes scholastically and athletically in various public and private school leagues on Oahu including the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.

Hanalani Schools took first place at the Iolani Invitational Chess Tournament on May 18, 2002.[2]

Hanalani Schools currently holds the title for International Botball Champions. The International Botball Tournament is hosted by the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER). Hanalani won the 2010 and 2011 International Tournament.[3]


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