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Maui Waena in Top 5 for Intermediate Enrollment

September 8, 2017, 10:51 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 10:54 AM
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Maui Waena in Kahului is among the Intermediate schools in Hawaiʻi with one of the largest enrollments.  At 1,176, Maui Waena has the 4th highest enrollment for an intermediate school in Hawaiʻi for the 2017-2018 school year.  The school earned the same distinction in 2014.

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According to an environmental assessment filed for a classroom expansion project three years ago, enrollment at the time was anticipated to “increase significantly” due to ongoing construction of subdivisions in the surrounding Maui Lani area.

The new numbers were released today by the State Department of Education today as it compiled a total enrollment of 179,255 for public and charter schools in Hawaiʻi.

That’s a slight decrease in compared to the 179,902 students enrolled last year.

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In the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex area, there were 20 public schools for a total enrollment of 16,058 students.  That included: 1,289 kindergarteners; 1,299 1st graders; 1,294 2nd graders; 1,020 3rd graders; 1,323 4th graders; 1,300 5th graders; 1,043 6th graders; 1,041 7th graders; 1,072 8th graders; 1,131 9th graders; 1,006 10th graders; 884 11th graders; and 890 12th graders.  For special education, there were 705 students enrolled in K-6; 273 in 7-8; 488 in 9-12 and 116 in pre-kindergarten.


In the Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lānaʻi-Molokai Complex area, there were 11 public schools, which recorded a total enrollment of 5,047 students.  That included: 331 kindergarteners; 355 1st graders; 332 2nd graders; 325 3rd graders; 346 4th graders; 350 5th graders; 359 6th graders; 385 7th graders; 317 8th graders; 392 9th graders; 367 10th graders; 332 11th graders; and 337 12th graders.  For special education, there were 210 students enrolled in K-6; 112 in 7-8; 197 in 9-12 and 38 in pre-kindergarten.

Statewide Numbers: *(As reported by the state Department of Education)

Public schools in Hawaiʻi enrolled 168,095 students in 2017-2018, down 1,173 from last year; and charter schools saw an increase of enrollment with 11,160 students, up 526 from last year.  There was also an addition of two new charter schools, which contributed to the increase. 


In 2017-18, the five largest HIDOE public schools by grade level are: 

  • High Schools (all grades 9-12): Campbell (3,110), Mililani (2,571), Waipahu (2,554), Farrington (2,309), Kapolei (2,035).
  • Intermediate (grades 7-8)/Middle (grades 6-8): Mililani Middle (1,873), Kapolei Middle (1,521), Waipahu Intermediate (1,294), Maui Waena Intermediate (1,176), Kalakaua Middle (1,075).
  • Elementary Schools: August Ahrens (1,249), Holomua (1,163), Ewa (1,070), Keoneula (1,037), Waipahu (1,026).

The five smallest HIDOE schools in the state include: Waiahole Elementary (81), Olomana School (69), Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf and Blind (53), Maunaloa Elementary (41), Niʻihau High and Elementary (9).

The five largest charter schools are: Hawaiʻi Technology Academy (1,111), Kamaile Academy (858), Ka Waihona O Ka Naʻauao (653), Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences (644), Myron Thompson Academy (582).

The five smallest charter schools are: Kula Aupuni Niʻihau A Hakipuʻu Learning Center (63), Ke Kula Niʻihau Kekaha (54), Kula Aupuni Niʻihau A Kahelelani Aloha (49), Kapolei Charter School (49), Ke Ana Laʻahana (43). 

To view the 2017-18 enrollment report, click here.  

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