Hongwanji Mission School

5.00 (2 reviews)
1728 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813-0968
Tel: (808)532-0522
Grades: PK-8 | 336 students
With an emphasis on a challenging academic curriculum and a personalized learning environment, the Hongwanji Mission School (HMS) focuses on developing students into confident, compassionate and well-rounded citizens.
HMS, serves grades Preschool-8 with an educational pathway committed to a student-centered learning philosophy to ensure the development of the whole child through active and creative learning that incorporates Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Technology Literacy.
Offering an average class size of 15:1, the WASC/HAIS accredited school takes pride in stimulating, age-appropriate classes taught by dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. Working families appreciate HMS' full-day program at its convenient, centrally located campus in lower Nuuanu.
For its youngest students, preschool is an inclusive all-day educational program.
Parents of K-8 students also have available all-day educational programs to keep their children engaged and safe. Technology Literacy is integrated into classroom instruction as a tool integral to learning as well as to prepare students for the 21st century workplace.
Study tours culminate each grade level.
Some are short overnight stays; Zoo, Aquarium, Bishop Museum and other are extended; Grade 4 (Big Island), Grade 5 (East Coast) and Grade 8 (Japan).
These study tours maximize learning and fun while they broaden students' horizons in history, culture and the natural environment.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Religious Affiliation Other
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1949

Student Body

Total Students 336 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 63%
Students by Grade Hongwanji Mission School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(attire must be appropriate for school)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,950
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Teddi Yagi


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
Show me:
People Also ViewedPeople Also Viewed Nearby SchoolsNearby Schools
People that viewed Hongwanji Mission School also viewed these schools: Iolani School, Kawaiaha'o Church School, The Children's House, Le Jardin Academy and Maryknoll Grade School.
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Honolulu
     Iolani School
    Grades: K-12 | 1887 students
    2.8 miles
    563 Kamoku St
    Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Honolulu
    Kawaiaha'o Church School
    Montessori School (Church of Christ)
    Grades: K-5 | 24 students
    1 miles
    872 Mission Ln
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Pearl City
    The Children's House
    Montessori School (Christian)
    Grades: PK-6 | 290 students
    9.8 miles
    1840 Komo Mai Drive
    Pearl City, HI 96782
  • Kailua
    Grades: PK-12 | 820 students
    6.8 miles
    917 Kalanianaole Highway
    Kailua, HI 96734
  • Honolulu
    Maryknoll Grade School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-12 | 1389 students
    1.7 miles
    1722 Dole Street
    Honolulu, HI 96822

School Reviews

   5.00 out of 5 (2 reviews)
5.0 Stars   02/26/16
My three children attended HMS preschool and thrived. My middle child is back attending HMS middle school. He did not thrive under the DOE system. He is doing much better at HMS with the small class size and individual attention he is receiving. HMS has been instrumental in helping build he academic confidence and he has become a much happier child in general.
- Posted by
5.0 Stars   09/30/14
My daughter is in upper elementary and has attended this school since Preschool. She is growing up to be a very confident, happy individual as HMS has provided her with a warm, caring environment where she is encouraged to develop all aspects of herself; academic, social, physical, emotional. She loves the resource classes the most -- Drama, Japanese Language, Music, PE, Art, as it provides a balanced school experience for her. Teacher:Student ratio is low, which allows individual attention. Very warm, caring staff.
- Posted by

Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Area Statistics
Home Gallery
Recent Articles
October 20, 2016
Among the many forms which you must complete when applying to private school is something called The Candidate Statement. Here's what it is involved in preparing this document.
October 19, 2016
Making your job application easy to read will help your application make the first cut.
October 18, 2016
Submit your employment application the way a Swiss watch craftsman builds a watch. With precision and accuracy.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Honolulu, HI is $8,310 for elementary schools and $16,456 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu, HI is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).