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The Most Expensive Schools In Hawaii Today

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The Most Expensive Schools In Hawaii Today

Hawaii offers beaches, perfect weather, and divine food. Hawaii also has some of the best schools in the country. They provide outstanding education from elementary school to college.

If you're thinking of relocating to Hawaii or already living in Hawaii, you should consider some of the schools on the island. In fact, they have some of the most expensive schools in Hawaii of any state. These expensive schools often come with the best educational standards, holding students to a high degree while offering them additional resources and an environment of peers and teachers that help them thrive.

In this guide, we'll look at some of the most expensive schools in Hawaii and what distinguishes them.

The Most Expensive Schools In Hawaii

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The best schools in Hawaii offer enriching educational opportunities.

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While Hawaii may be known for Pearl Harbor, Aloha shirts, and volcanoes, they also have the most enriching education in the United States. We'll examine the most expensive elementary, middle, and college schools.

You'll have a better idea of where to send your kids to school and what the most expensive colleges are around you.

Elementary and Middle Schools

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Private, more expensive education offer smaller class sizes.

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Island School 

3-1875 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

Island School offers kindergarten through high school grades and is considered one of the most expensive schools in Hawaii, with a tuition of $16,000. Located in Lihue, HI, this school focuses on research-based practices. It also has much smaller class sizes, test score prep, and a 10:1 teacher-student ratio. Another thing that makes it unique is its commitment to developing character in students.

Trinity Christian School

Mauka PS-3rd – 875 Auloa Rd Makai 4th, 1110 Kailua Rd #12th, Kailua, HI 96734

Trinity Christian School is another school that has roughly the same tuition, offering grades K-12, with the most expensive grade reaching nearly $17,000. The school has around 300 students enrolled at the school.

Founded in 1981, Trinity Christian School offers students Christian education that focuses on Biblical principles.

High Schools

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More expensive schools have unique strategies to engage students.

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Hawaiian Mission Academy

1438 Pensacola St, Honolulu, HI 96822

Locatied in Honolulu, Hawaiian Mission Academy Preparatory School is another school with around $13,000 for tuition. The school offers grades from 9-12.  

This school has about 100 students. Here are some of the unique things that make Hawaiian Mission Academy stand out:

  • Small class sizes of 12:1
  • Biblical lessons
  • Reading-Language Arts focused on creative writing, storytelling, interactive play, independent reading guidance, and small teacher-led reading/learning groups.

Huakailani School for Girls

45-035 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Located in Kaneohe, Huakailani School for Girls is another elementary school with around $13,000 for tuition. The grades offered are K-8.

With around 30 students, this school can offer student-teacher ratios of 5:1. One of the unique things about this school is that it offers students a passion project. This is something that students work on with teachers. It's a project that truly excites students. When the project is finalized by students and teachers, it will be presented to the entire community.

Most Expensive Colleges In Hawaii

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Hawaii Pacific University

 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Pacific University has a tuition of $30,000. With around 20 schools located around the Hawaiian islands, Hawaii Pacific University is one of the most expensive. Found in 1849, Hawaii Pacific University is known as a private school that offers small class sizes and an array of educational degrees. In 2022-2023, it was ranked in the top 100 universities in the United States, ranking no. 64.

Here are some notable alumni that attended Hawaii Pacific University:

  • Sarah Palin
  • Vivian Wu
  • Carolyn Suzanne Sapp

Chaminade University of Honolulu

3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Located in Honolulu, Chaminade University is also considered one of the most expensive schools in Hawaii, just below Hawaii Pacific University, with a tuition of $27,000.

Chaminade University has just over 1,000 students enrolled in its school. Founded in 1955, this university as one of the best Catholic Universities. In 2022-2023, it achieved a ranking of no. 23 for best schools in the United States.

Here are some notable alumni to graduate from Chaminade University:

  • Elaine Duke
  • Bob McDermott
  • Danny Yamashiro

The Most Expensive Schools Are Often the Best Schools

While expensive schools can cost a pretty penny whether it's elementary, middle, or high school, they can also give your children the best education. These schools often offer smaller class sizes, specialized education, and some of the best mentors. Even with some of the most expensive colleges in Hawaii, students get the most robust education.

These schools offer insight into what's available in Hawaii and what they can offer you or your children. It shows what makes these schools stand out and why they are considered some of the best educational institutions in the United States.

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