Hongwanji Mission School

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 18:1, 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 most grade levels.  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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 396 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,200
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hongwanji Mission School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
396 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 74%
Students by Grade
Hongwanji Mission School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Summer Program Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dr. Denalee Vasconcellos


Total Sports Offered
2 sports

School Notes

  • There is a group observation, individual assessment and parent interview as part of our evaluation. We require teacher reference report, progress report from current and past school year.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hongwanji Mission School cost?
Hongwanji Mission School's tuition is approximately $12,200 for private students and $1,600 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Hongwanji Mission School?
The acceptance rate of Hongwanji Mission School is 85%, which is higher than the national average of 82%.
What sports does Hongwanji Mission School offer?
Hongwanji Mission School offers 2 interscholastic sports: Basketball and Volleyball.
What is Hongwanji Mission School's ranking?
Hongwanji Mission School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Hongwanji Mission School?
The application deadline for Hongwanji Mission School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
What an amazing school! I`ve heard so many great things about this school and can now attest to it. The staff puts their hearts into what they do and it shows amongst the students who truly thrive in this wonderful and nurturing environment. The academics are challenging, but it pushes the students to their fullest potential. They offer numerous after school programs, including sports, swimming, hula, ballet, drama, robotics, Japanese, etc., enriching the students with a well rounded life. The facilities are impressive for a small school and it amazes me how much they have to offer.
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After a disappointing 3rd grade at Waialae PCS (new hire, no previous teaching experience) we put our son in 4th grade at HMS. He had been attending summer school since 1st grade at HMS. The integration of pc use and google apps to reinforce their daily classes helped our son to improve reading, vocabulary, math and science skills. He loves the school and so do we. After school provides many challenging learning experiences such as Japanese and coding.
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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.
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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.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 396 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,200
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Honolulu, HI is $16,129 for elementary schools and $19,327 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu, HI is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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