Nestled in the Kalihi-Palama neighborhood, our school resides at 783 N. King Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our namesake, Princess Victoria Ka’iulani was the heir apparent to the throne of Hawaii. Her mother, Princess Miriam Likelike was the sister of Queen Lili’uokalani and her father, Archibald Cleghorn, was a Scotsman from England.
In the corner of our school’s playground, an Indian banyan tree prospers and reminds our students of our princess who was also known as “Princess of the Peacocks”. A cutting from one of the banyan trees from ‘Ainahau, the estate in Waikiki where she grew up, was given to the school when it first opened.
On or near her birthday, October 16th, we celebrate her legacy in both song and dance. The Royal Hawaiian Band joins us in the celebration of our princess’s life.
Our students come a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. We have a high population of ELL (English Language Learners) students from very diverse ethnicities. We support our students through our ELL and Title I programs by providing before and after school instruction, as well as small group assistance in the classrooms.
A stroll around campus will lead you to discover a variety of artwork done by our students as well as local artists. Murals, quilts, paintings, and sculptures are just a few examples of our vast collection of art made by talented artists who were inspired by our Princess Ka’iulani.
Our wonderful community neighbors, Tamashiro Market and Kaumakapili Church have always supported us over the years. Tamashiro Market, home to the giant red crab, is a well-known local establishment that sells fresh produce, the freshest seafood and delicious plate lunches. Kaumakapili Church began serving the common Hawaiian people in 1838. They just finished a major restoration project in 2003.