Kahala School spreads over most of the block across from the south-eastern end of Kahala Mall. Consisting of eleven separated buildings, connected by covered walkways, it is situated in an affluent neighborhood. It sits - a sprawling, flat campus - on the corners of Kilauea and Pahoa Avenues. Red hibiscus hedges grace the edges of the Kilauea Avenue fence while mock orange hedges border the fence along Pahoa Avenue. Towering banyan and monkeypod trees shade the grounds while kukui nut and shower trees separate the classroom buildings. Beds of red ginger are seen throughout the campus. Beside classrooms are unique gardens which are planted and maintained by the Student Garden Club.
The school opened in 1954 with 136 students in grades Kindergarten to grade Four. Since then, the student population has grown to 560 plus students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to grade Six. Approximately 40% of the students reside out-of district and request geographical exceptions to attend Kahala. There seems to be a pattern in which students who exit Kahala, apply and attend private schools. The school has gained a reputation for its academic achievements, for providing a safe and nurturing learning environment, for quality staffing (administration, certificated, and classified personnel), and for a large percentage of involved parents.
Our school has a faculty of thirty-three full-time teachers, averaging eighteen years of experience. This count includes three special education teachers, a librarian, a counselor, a Student Services Coordinator, a technology coordinator/computer teacher, and a teacher for the gifted/talented. In support of full-time teachers, the school provides six part-time teachers to aid in computer, music, physical education, and English as a Second Language Learner (ESLL) instruction. There are three instructors who teach Hawaiian Studies. In addition, we have four educational assistants, three of whom are in Special Education (SPED) and one who services the Primary School Adjustment Program (PSAP). The school has two administrators.
Academic programs are provided to enhance student performance in computer, music, and physical education instruction. Also available to service student needs are programs which include Special Education, Primary School Adjustment Program (PSAP), English as a Second Language Learners (ESLL), and a gifted/talented project-based learning program. Available on campus is an aural/oral class for the deaf and hearing impaired for East Honolulu. Other instruction is provided in programs such as Hawaiian Studies and fifth grade Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE).
Kahala School receives its funding from state and federal governments supplemented by the Parent Teacher Organization and donations from private individuals and businesses. The allocation of the budget is determined through a collaborative decision-making process.