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Question #2: Which Island ? Each island has its own character and most people will argue that their island is the best place to live. I have lived on Maui and Oahu, and have spent quite a bit of time on Kauai, as well. I like all the islands, but prefer Oahu because of it has a large city (Honolulu) with greater job opportunites, more to do and more amenities, and the best private schools are located on this island, yet it is still beautiful and you can still find a quiet beach or hike to a waterfall, with a 1/2 hour or less drive -- but I am more of a city person (from San Francisco) than some.
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I'm attaching the link to Myron Thompson Academy for anytime, anywhere education as one alternative.
Oahu has most selections (with various price range for private education included), but doesn't mean that's better. There are many things parents can do to fill in the void public education doesn't provide, or further reach out the resource to the world.
The benefit to this process is that your Hawaii property taxes are low relative to comparable homes found in the Bay Area (where you say you live). The con however, due to the lack of DOE funding, public education suffers. In fact, this year, due to state budget cuts, public education has lost approximately 17 days of school due to furloughs.
If you are concerned about your child's education and you have the financial means, send you kid to private school.
74-5620 Palani Court; Suite 208
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 331-0585
Fax: (808) 331-0583
Summer is a great time to check out the facility and programs. For those visiting Oahu with future scientists, John Hopkins has Summer Programs for oceanography and Hawaiian volcanoes with boarding program site at HPU (Hawaii Pacific University) campus in Kaneohe.
My daughter attended public on the east side of Honolulu through 8th grade and scord in th top 1% of national placment tests in the state and nationally. She is now in private school and we are looking for scholarships (since I'm broke paying for private school). I would say that 1/3 of the child's sucess belongs to the parent (or lack of sucess). She'll go to Stanford, Cornell or some other school so I think I'll sell the car soon.
There are some terrific charter school options available and thats the direction many parents are heading, myself included. Charters can really up the ante, as it were, in your childs educational needs in Hawaii. If you are among those who live closer to town, your choices are substantially better.
There are some very good public schools in the more populated areas and some not so good. Do your research and theres always something to be said for "ask your neighbors!" The private schools in the up country in Waimea are outstanding and merit a look. The charters in Kona area are very good. There are some really good private schools in Hilo also and there is always King Kamehameha in Keaau. KK has a stringent admissions policy however, research.
In regard to the schools....
I have a son in first grade and feel his education is up to par. Though, there are many problems within the school system, you will have those and other problems anywhere.