Kaimuki High School

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Kaimuki High School
Kaimuki High School logo.png
2705 Kaimuki Avenue


United States
TypePublic, high school
Established1943; 79 years ago (1943)
School districtHawaii State Department of Education
PrincipalJamie Dela Cruz
Faculty52.00 (FTE) (2019–20)[1]
Number of students688 (2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.23 (2019–20)[1]
Color(s)Green and Gold    
AthleticsOahu Interscholastic Association
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Bulldog
YearbookKa Hali'a

Kaimuki High School is a WASC-accredited four-year public high school located in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States. Kaimuki High School falls under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii Department of Education. It is bordered by the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Canal, Kapiolani Boulevard, Kaimuki Avenue, Crane Park and Date Street. It is, as its alma mater states, in view of Diamond Head. The campus boasts the sculpture Pueo (owl) by Charles W. Watson.


During World War II when schools were allowed to reopen, a McKinley Annex was started in Kaimuki Intermediate School for sophomores and juniors residing in that part of the city. These students went to school in the afternoon from 12:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In September 1943, the McKinley Annex became Kaimuki High School. The student government was established along democratic lines. A constitution written cooperatively was adopted by the student body in 1944.[2]

In 1947, plans for Kaimuki High School's new location were initiated and construction began.[2]

By September 1950, a total of 45 standard sized classrooms, three shops, and a cafeteria were available for use. The administration building was occupied in October 1950. Kelly Green and Light Gold were adopted as the school colors in 1950. In 1951, 1952, and 1953, additional buildings to house business education, agriculture, science, art, homemaking, mechanical drawing, publications, and girls' and boys' physical education were completed. The public address system was installed in 1953.[2]

In 1954, grandstands to accommodate 1,554 students were erected on the campus, since there was no auditorium. For safety reasons, these grandstands were dismantled in 1973.[2]

The music building was completed during the summer of 1956. Playcourts for boys and girls were completed during the 1957-58 school year, and in 1961 the 50-meter Olympic swimming pool was completed. A new auto mechanics shop was completed in 1962. Two Quonset huts were also purchased and moved onto campus.[2]

On April 10, 1964, Kaimuki High School dedicated its new gymnasium. In 1983, grade 9 was added to the student body. An auditorium to accommodate 600 students was also built. The performing arts learning center was established in 1987.[2]

Currently Kaimuki High School is one of the six public schools in the Honolulu District.[2]

Student enrollment is approximately 850 students.[2]

It is a comprehensive four-year, co-educational high school accredited by the Western Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.[2]

Kaimuki draws its students from the feeder schools of Jarrett Middle and Washington Middle.[2]

Complex Area Information[edit]

Kaimuki High School is part of the Hawaii Department of Education Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area along with McKinley High School and Roosevelt High School.

Kaimuki Complex[edit]

The Kaimuki Complex consists of 9 elementary and middle schools in addition to Kaimuki High School.

  • Ala Wai Elementary School
  • Aliiolani Elementary School
  • Hokulani Elementary School
  • Jarrett Middle School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kuhio Elementary School
  • Lunalilo Elementary School
  • Palolo Elementary School
  • Washington Middle School

Feeder Middle Schools[edit]

Kaimuki High School feeds primarily from 3 middle schools in the Honolulu area.

  • William Paul Jarrett Middle School
  • President George Washington Middle School
  • Kaimuki Middle School

Notable alumni[edit]

Ohana O Mele[edit]

Among the notable organizations at Kaimuki High School is a musical group called Ohana O Mele. Ohana O Mele is the advanced Polynesian music class founded in 1977 by former teacher William Kaneda. After his retirement, Ohana O Mele remained inactive until being revitalized by then-current teacher Darryl Loo in 1996. Many well-known local musicians are alumni to this group, including Kapena, Ernie Cruz Jr., and John Feary.

After Darryl Loo's retirement, the Kaimuki alumnus Robert Yu took over as the Polynesian music instructor and renamed the group "Ka Ohana O Mele".

In the class students hone their musical skills on instruments including the ukulele, guitar, electric bass, and drums. Aside from cultivating musical skill, the students also learn a great deal about the aspects of performance. During the Christmas period, the group tours to perform for students in various elementary and intermediate schools. The group has also been invited to perform at the Academy of Arts and for the opening of the state legislature. In addition to playing gigs at the Honolulu International Airport, various hotels, and even retirement homes, Ohana O Mele puts on an annual concert at Kaimuki High School entitled “Kanikapila”.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - Kaimuki High School (150003000212)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Kaimuki High School History". Kaimuki High School. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Aiu, Thelma Kalama". Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2020 – via hawaiisportshalloffame.com. Thelma Kalama Aiu shattered national swimming records at Kaimuki High School when she was 17 years old.
  4. ^ Dayton, Kevin (September 4, 2002). "Mazie Hirono: From poverty to quiet power". The Honolulu Advertiser. Hirono graduated from Kaimuki High School, ...
  5. ^ Boylan, Peter (April 22, 2022). "Kaimuki graduate Brian Kolfage pleads guilty to border wall fraud scheme". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Ting, Yu Shing (July 23, 2013). "Taking Imelda to the Big Apple". MidWeek. Archived from the original on May 13, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015 – via Midweek.com. Actress Ruthie Ann Miles, a 2001 graduate of Kaimuki High School, has a lot to smile about these days.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Florence Nakakuni: Hawaii's top law officer". Malamalama, The Magazine of the University of Hawai'i System. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 'I believe our education system here in Hawai'i is second to none,' the Kaimukī High School alumna says.
  9. ^ "Sakai, Stan 1953–". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved October 19, 2020. Sakai loved American comics and he took his first art class at Kaimuki High School, ...
  10. ^ Lincoln, Mileka (December 23, 2013). "Jake Shimabukuro & best friend save Kaimuki Christmas tree". Hawaii News Now – via hawaiinewsnow.com. He says he called his best friend and fellow Kaimuki High School grad, Jake Shimabukuro.
  11. ^ Ryan, Tim (July 7, 2005). "Stroud returns home to isles". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Stroud, who graduated from Kaimuki Intermediate and High schools, ...
  12. ^ Yasui, Vanessa (December 3, 2001). "Cheerleading finally earns status as a 'real' OIA sport". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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