At Kūlaniākea we practice an educational philosophy that begins with a genuine love of children. This core value is one of many embodied in our kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi, our Hawaiian perspective. Building upon this kāhua of Hawaiian values we hope to strengthen and enrich the Hawaiian identity in the youngest members of our lāhui, our kūpuna in training.

We nurture the spiritual, cultural, intellectual, social, emotional and character development of our keiki through 100% use of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in the classroom. For parents and others who are interested we also offer resources to increase the use of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in the home. At Kūlaniākea our keiki and extended ʻohana are engaged, valued, and loved.


Aloha kekahi i kekahi
Love one another

Kūlia i ka nuʻu me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo
Stand for excellence and truth

Kū haʻaheo me ka haʻahaʻa
Stand with pride and humility

Mahalo i ka mea i loa‘a
Be thankful for what you have

Mālama Honua no nā mamo
Take care of the earth for the generations


In response to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna a Wakea, one of the most sacred Native Hawaiian sites, Kūlaniākea is issuing the following statement.


The health and safety of our keiki are of utmost importance, especially in these difficult and uncertain times.  Kūlaniākea has implemented procedures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and ʻohana.

What Parents Say

“The demand for your programs is a testament to the love, energy, and hard work you all are putting in for the betterment of our keiki!”

Anonymous ʻOhana

Kūlaniākea has been a blessing to our ʻohana. The staff at Kūlaniākea focus on the needs of not only the individual child and the classroom as a whole, but ALSO the needs of the ʻOHANA. I have complete confidence that my keiki will grow to know who they are as a kanaka, and in turn have a strong foundation for future education and life skills.

Leilani - Makua

As kanaka ‘ōiwi educators, Kūlaniākea understands the kuleana we have to both our youth and lāhui. Their instruction, curriculum and teaching approaches are deeply rooted to culture-based education which engages, supports and empowers our keiki, even at their young age.  We are so blessed to be part of the Kūlaniākea ‘ohana!

Cady - Makua