E hahai i ke ala o ka hana pa‘akikī
Pursue the path of challenging work (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)

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Hawaiʻi is the northernmost island group in Polynesia and is the 50th state of the United States. The Hawaiian Archipelago encompasses 1,500 miles. The population lives on 8 main islands — Hawaiʻi, Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are a series of smaller islands and atolls and, along with its surrounding waters, are protected under the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Official / Indigenous languages

Official / Indigenous languages

Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)
* note: Residents speak primarily English and about 26% of Hawaiʻi residents are bi/multilingual [1]

Common greetings in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (pdf)

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1,415,872 (July 2019) [1]

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Number of schools

167 DOE elementary schools
38 DOE middle schools
33 DOE high schools
17 DOE multilevel schools
36 charter schools [2]

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Number of students

179,698 in SY18-19
100,873 in grades K-6; 27,626 in grades 7-8; 51,199 in grades 9-12 [2]

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Private schools

100 schools, grades PreK-12 [3] 31,312 students in SY18-19 [2]

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Number of teachers

11,819 DOE teachers in SY18-19 [2]

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Teacher credentials

95% fully licensed (as of SY18-19)
38% with advanced degrees [2]

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Institutes of higher education

The University of Hawaiʻi system includes 3 university campuses and 7 community colleges. Major private universities include Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, and Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi.

For more information about the Hawaiʻi Department of Education

[1] https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook/db2019/
[2] http://arch.k12.hi.us/reports/hidoe-data-book
[3] https://www.hais.us/Customized/Uploads/ByDate/2020/July_2020/July_21st_2020/2019-2020%20Private%20School%20Enrollment%20Report53651.pdf