Hawaiian Values. Hawaiian Language. Hawaiʻi’s Future.


Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School is a newly authorized K-12 school on the island of Kauaʻi. As a Hawaiian-medium and Hawaiian-values school, Kawaikini has established the following as its founding principals:


We envision a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and healthy community where the language, beliefs, and practices of the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi have become instinctive.


Through the medium of the Hawaiian language, Kawaikini will create a supportive learning environment where indigenous cultural knowledge is valued, applied, and perpetuated.


  • We believe that we have a responsibility to cultivate and nurture the traditional language, culture, and values of Kauaʻi.
  • We believe that the Hawaiian language should be a respected and normal part of daily life throughout Hawaiʻi.
  • We believe that bilingualism is cognitively advantageous.
  • We believe that good physical, spiritual, and emotional health is vital to learning.
  • We believe that being part of a caring community provides children with the inner strength to succeed throughout life.
  • We believe that a diverse and academically rich education is necessary to thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing world.

General Goals

  1. To create and implement an integrated K-12 Kauaʻi-based curriculum;
  2. To develop and foster a community of Hawaiian language speakers;
  3. To improve and support the overall health of our learning community;
  4. To engage parents and Kaua'i organizations in achieving a well-rounded Hawaiian education;
  5. To prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their academic and career pursuits.

Foundations of Kawaikini

  • Hawaiian-culture focus
  • Immersion education
  • Community partnerships / Service learning
  • 'Ohana learning community
  • Student-centered
  • High standards for all
  • Research
  • Three unique curricular strands


Kawaikini has been going through the WASC Accreditation Process. Our Accreditation Visit will occur on March 3-6, 2014. Kawaikini’s Accreditation document is here (downloadable PDF file).

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