Henry J. Kaiser High School (Hawaii)

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Latitude and Longitude:

21°17′8″N 157°41′43″W / 21.28556°N 157.69528°W / 21.28556; -157.69528

Henry J. Kaiser High School
511 Lunalilo Home Road


United States
TypePublic, Co-educational
FounderHenry J. Kaiser
School districtHawaii Department Of Education
NCES School ID150003000228
PrincipalMr. Justin Mew
Faculty63.00 FTE [1]
Number of students1,141 (2017-18) [1]
Student to teacher ratio18.11 [1]
Color(s)Blue and Gold    
AthleticsOahu Interscholastic Association
Rival Kalani High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Cougar Connection
YearbookUli A Me Kula
MilitaryUnited States Air Force JROTC
DistinctionsInternational Baccalaureate World School
Website www.kaiserhighschoolhawaii.org/

Henry J. Kaiser High School is a WASC-accredited, four-year public high school located in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi in the East Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai.

Basic information

Named after industrialist and philanthropist Henry J. Kaiser (who founded the Honolulu community of Hawaiʻi Kai), the school opened its doors in 1971, four years after Henry J. Kaiser's death. [2] Although enrollment has fluctuated throughout the years along with changing community demographics, the school currently serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 9–12. The school's mascot is the Cougar and the school colors are blue and gold.

The Kaiser complex, to which Kaiser High belongs, also includes ʻĀina Haina Elementary, Hahaʻione Elementary, Kamiloiki Elementary, Koko Head Elementary, and Niu Valley Middle School.

With a graduation rate of 88.0% in 2013, the majority of students successfully complete high school; however, a noticeable percentage of the student body failed to do so. Compared to the Hawaii Department Of Education district, Henry J Kaiser High School has achieved a higher graduation rate by about 6%. Moreover, relative to the Hawaii average graduation rate, this school is ahead by 6%.

453 students, or 38.6% of the student population at Henry J. Kaiser High School identify as Asian, making up the majority of the student body. The demographic breakdown of Henry J. Kaiser High School is very similar to that of a typical school in the state of Hawaii, which is made up of 34.2% Asian students on average. There is roughly an equal percentage of males and females at Henry J Kaiser High School with 48% males and 51% females forming the student body.[ citation needed]

In the 2000 U.S. Census the U.S. Census Bureau defined Kaiser High as being in the urban Honolulu census-designated place. [3] For the 2010 U.S. Census the bureau created a new census-designated place, East Honolulu. [4]


Kaiser is situated in Hawaiʻi Kai, a small upper-middle class suburban community in East Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The open-air campus, built on a series of hills has six multi-story classroom buildings. Additional buildings include a number of trailers, an office, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, track, football/soccer field, baseball/softball field, tennis courts, and swimming pool. The driveway leading up to the school is lined with large palm trees, a distinctive feature of the campus. Koko Crater, a dormant volcano, rises up near its east side and is featured on its seal.

Entrance to Henry J. Kaiser High School


The school's curriculum emphasizes college preparation and incorporates the Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards as well as national content standards.

Notable aspects of the school include: a School Community Council; comprehensive athletic and non-athletic co-curricular activities, the latter particularly focusing on community service; student government and leadership classes; an athletic complex, serving both the local community and the state; a Communications Arts & Technology learning center; Project Hoʻolokahi, a program working in conjunction with the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Air Force JROTC; AP and Honors courses; a music program, the Kaiser Cougars Band (consisting of both marching and symphonic band) and Orchestra ; a four-year Guidance Program (KAP); and a code-of-conduct and attendance policy.

The school has been approved as an International Baccalaureate World School since 2011. [5] This approval supports the International Baccalaureate Middle-Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. The Middle-Years Programme is a 5-year program (grades 6-10) continued from Niu Valley Middle School. Students finish a personal project upon completion of the Middle-Years Programme. This school only offers IBDP classes to students intending to obtain the full diploma. Students may not take a mixture of regular classes and IBDP classes (other than the one elective offered to all IBDP students at this school).

This school manages the AVID program as an elective course for the student who has a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5. The 8th to 12th grader can take an AVID class, and it is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. [6]

Current Principal

Justin S. N. Mew has a Master's degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was awarded the Hawaii Middle School Principal of the Year in 2011. He received the Outstanding Library Service Award School Administrators Honoree.[ when?]

The performances of the students

The students showed the average score 3.1 in reading and the average score 2.6 in mathematics. The percentage of proficient disadvantaged students are 57.8 of total disadvantaged students. The gap between disadvantaged and Non-disadvantaged students is -13.6.

The students' Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate is 34% of total number of the students, and the participant passing rate is 44%. The exam pass rate is 37%, and quality adjusted participation rate is 15%. The students' International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) participation rate is 19%, exam pass rate is 52%, and IB Diploma rate is 35%. [7]

(Data based on the 2013-14 school year)


The school participates in the Oahu Interscholastic Association for athletics. The football program has had a number of coaches begin their coaching careers here, such as Kim McCloud, [8] Brian Ah Yat, [9] and Joe Seumalo. [10] Notable head coaches also include Kaiser alumnus Rich Miano, and former Weber State standout Cameron Higgins. The football program caught the national eye in 2017 when they cancelled their season after tensions between parents and Kaiser head coach Arnold Martinez led to altercations at both the school and Martinez's home. [11] [12] Martinez resigned a week later. [13]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Henry J Kaiser High School". nces.ed.gov.
  2. ^ "History". Henry J. Kaiser High School. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: HONOLULU CDP" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 10, 2020. - The area with Kaiser High is on Page 14.
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): East Honolulu CDP, HI" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 10, 2020. - Pages 1 and 2
  5. ^ "Henry J. Kaiser High School". International Baccalaureate®. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Henry J. Kaiser High School". www.kaiser.k12.hi.us. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Henry J Kaiser High School in HONOLULU, HI | Test Scores | US News". www.usnews.com. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ex-Hawaii defensive back Kim McCloud returns, joins coaching staff". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "QB is where it's at for Pratt". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "UNLV DL coach Joe Seumalo accepts same position at Arizona State". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  11. ^ "Parent, coach tensions result in halt of Kaiser's football season". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Hawaii school cancels football season after police called to campus". USA Today. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "Embattled Kaiser High School football coach resigns". KITV News. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Meet the producers behind 'Bengali Beauty'". Dhaka Tribune. February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "'Bengali Beauty' storms past Tk75 lakhs at the US Box Office". Dhaka Tribune. February 23, 2018.

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