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Samantha, Home Buyer in New Jersey

What is the best school district in the Honolulu area?

Asked by Samantha, New Jersey Sat Nov 1, 2008

We are considering moving there from New York, but know little about the area.

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Samantha,

Hawaii has terrible public schools. It's the only state in the country with a single state run school district. Teachers are underpaid, schools are underfunded and deteriorating, and kids at all levels consistently score low on standardized test. A few years ago, the entire state run school district (k-12 + university) went on strike because the teachers pay was among the lowest in the country. The schools were shut down for 3 weeks. It's pretty bad.

There are a few private schools that are very good. Punahou (k-12) is probably the best and well known. It's the same school that Steve Case (AOL founder) and Barack Obama went too. But it's very expensive (I think $17k per year) and difficult to get into.

If you are really considering Hawaii and have children, you should really consider private schools if you can afford it.
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Aloha, Samantha... Please understand that due to Federal Fair Housing Laws, Realtors are not allowed by law to point you to a certain school district or recommend any one over the other. The best way for you to get the most accurate information about schools in Hawaii is: doe.k12.hi.us for public schools, http://www.hais.org for private schools - and I would always recommend doing an internet search as well - perhaps check out some of the mom's groups online in Oahu and ask their opinions. Best of luck to you! It Takes Courage to Live on a Rock! Katie Minkus, R(B).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 2, 2008
If you are going to Honolulu, call my friend Stephanie Chan. She is the nicest person you will ever meet and knows everything about O'ahu. her parents owned a jewlery store in Honolulu, so she knows the area from so many different aspects and is one of the most knowledgeable realtors I have met anywhere in the world.
Tell her Maria sent you.
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stephaniechan@pruhawaii.com
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Elementary, Middle or High School?
Public or private?
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