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Kamaile Academy

Situated in what would conventionally be labeled a “high need” and “high risk” community, the school community of Kamaile Academy deliberately chooses to focus on the talents, potential, and culture each of our students possesses. The vision of our school is “where learning leads to endless opportunities and infinite worth.” Faculty, staff, families and community members are bound by the belief that education is the path by which those positive assets of our children will lead to endless opportunities for their future and the realization of each individual’s infinite worth. As the “Home of the Navigators,” Kamaile Academy believes fully that with an appreciation for where they come from along, with the proper training, they can navigate their lives to wherever they want to go.

Our mission is to prepare self-directed, self-aware, college-ready learners who will embrace the challenges of obstacles, experience the pride of perseverance and accomplishments, and demonstrate the strength of ‛ohana (family) and community. The school community at Kamaile Academy believes that our school must foster in each child, from pre-school through 12th grade, an intrinsic drive toward achievement and betterment, enabling them to be become, self-directed learners. Throughout this process of growth, we also seek to instill in each child self-awareness of her or his own academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. In a community that has experienced years of academic underachievement, college-readiness has become the clear marker by which teachers, staff, and families will measure our school’s success. While all of these are noble goals, we recognize the daunting challenges faced in our community. Rather than trying to separate the child from this environment, we look to develop the ability of our students to embrace the obstacles in life as opportunities for growth. In this way, we hope that each child experiences the pride that comes with perseverance and eventual success. All the while, our school promotes the strength and support that can be found in family and community. Keeping with the metaphor, we hope to see our students follow the path of the traditional Polynesian navigators—disciplined training, cooperation with a crew, and respect for one’s roots enabling one to cross oceans of great struggle toward new lands of discovery.

Paul Kepka


85-180 Ala Akau Street

Wai'anae, HI 96792


Tel (808) 697-7110




Principal:                              Paul Kepka School Director:                  Eric Wyand

Vice Principals:                    Natalie Zisko

Val Manoa




The School

  • Location:  Wai'anae, O'ahu

  • Grades taught:  Pre-Kindergarten to 12th

  • Enrollment:  966 students

  • Teachers and staff members:  118

  • Year converted to HC charter school:  2007

  • Areas served: Wai‛anae, Kahikolu 'Ohana Hale O Wai'anae, Maili Land Transitional Housing, Wai'anae Civic Center, Hale Wai Vista, Ulu Ke Kukui, 'Ohana Ola O Kahumana

  • Area students served:  13% of all Wai‘anae

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges


The Students

  • 54% of students are Native Hawaiian

  • 88% of students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch (Title I)

  • 14% of students receive special education (SpEd) services

  • 14% of students are English language learners (ELLs)

  • 14% of students are homeless


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