Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii)

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Coordinates: 21°17′8″N 157°41′43″W / 21.28556°N 157.69528°W / 21.28556; -157.69528

Henry J. Kaiser High School
Established 1969
Type Public Secondary
Principal Justin Mew
Teaching staff 65
Students 1,650
Grades 9-12
Location 511 Lunalilo Home Rd,
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96825, USA
District Honolulu District
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue & Gold          
Athletics Oahu Interscholastic Association
Mascot Cougar
Rival Kalani High School
Newspaper The Cougar Connection
Complex Area Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area
Complex Area Schools Aina Haina Elementary School
Hahaione Elementary School
Kamiloiki Elementary School
Koko Head Elementary School
Niu Valley Middle School
Military United States Air Force JROTC
Website www.kaiser.k12.hi.us

Henry J. Kaiser High School is a WASC-accredited four-year public high school located in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu.

Basic information[edit]

Named after industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (who founded the Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai), the school opened its doors in 1971, four years after Kaiser's death. Although enrollment has fluctuated throughout the years along with changing community demographics, the school currently serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 9–12. The school's mascot is the Cougar and the school colors are blue and gold.

Kaiser High School's mission statement, as laid out on their official website, is: "to ensure that all members have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, to encourage students to be responsible learners, who are caring and contributing members of society, to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, to provide a balanced and varied curriculum that challenges students to strive for excellence."

The Kaiser complex, to which Kaiser High belongs, also includes ʻĀina Haina Elementary, Hahaʻione Elementary, Kamiloiki Elementary, Koko Head Elementary, Niu Valley Middle Schools.


Kaiser is situated in Hawaiʻi Kai, a small upper-middle class suburban community in East Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The campus boasts six classroom buildings as well as a number of trailers, office, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, track, football/soccer field, baseball/softball field, tennis courts, and swimming pool. Built on a series of hills, the beautiful open-air campus has a lot of stairs. The driveway leading up to the school is lined with large palm trees, a distinctive feature of the campus, and leads uphill, directly towards Koko Head, a dormant volcano, which is featured on the seal.

Entrance to Henry J. Kaiser High School


The school's curriculum emphasizes college preparation and incorporates the Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards as well as national content standards.

Notable aspects of the school include: a School Community Council; comprehensive athletic and non-athletic co-curricular activities, the latter particularly focusing on community service; student government and leadership classes; an athletic complex, serving both the local community and the state; a Communications Arts & Technology learning center; Project Hoʻolokahi, a program working in conjunction with the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Air Force JROTC; AP and Honors courses; a strong music program, the well-traveled Kaiser Cougars Band and Orchestra which holds an excellent marching and symphonic band; a comprehensive four-year Guidance Program; and, stringent code-of-conduct, student discipline, and attendance policies.

They were most recently approved as an International Baccalaureate World School that supports international mindedness as well as the use of the Areas of Interaction and Learner Profiles. This approval supports the Middle-Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Kaiser is often considered to be one of the best public high schools in the State of Hawaii.

Alma mater[edit]

The musical composition was written by Emmett Yoshioka, a local musician involved in community theatre, and the following lyrics to the Henry J. Kaiser High School Alma Mater were written by an alumnus:

Oh, give us pleasure in our lives today
And let us not to think so far away
As we strive so high to reach the sky
And bless the spirit of Kaiser High
The rains fall ever gently on the land
Our footsteps wash away from golden sands
As our dreams in life become our goals
Remember always the Blue and Gold
All hail, hail, Kaiser High
All hail, Kaiser High

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