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Awards & Accomplishments


  • 2017 Finalist in Most Spirited High School in the US (out of 4 finalists)
  • 2016 Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • 2011 DOE Green Ribbon School
  • 2009 Gilder-Lehrman Affiliate School
  • 2009 and 2008 US News and World Report Bronze Award
  • 2008 KHIS recognition by HCH and Hawaii State Foundation for School Wide and Community Participation 




  • We the People State Champions



  • Boys Basketball Hawaii State Champions
  • Girls Hawaii State Wrestling Champion
  • We the People State Champions
  • Voice of Democracy National Finalist



  • State Title- Speech & Debate- 1st, 5th, & 7th place in Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd (2) & 3rd (2) place in Humorous Interpretation, 1st (2), 2nd (3), 3rd, 4th, and 6th place in Storytelling, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, 2nd, 3rd, & 5th place in Duo Interpretation, 4th & 6th place in Impromptu Speaking 
  • State Title- “HOSA” Debate- 1st in Researched Prepared Speaking,1st in Medical Innovation, 2nd in Human Growth & Development Test, 2nd in Health Education, 3rd in Public Health *State Title- in Achieve 3000 Literacy- Hawaii Literacy All-Star 
  • OIA - JV Football Champs -
  • Girls 4th place varsity Discus, Girls 2nd place Shot put 
  • State Titles- Hawaii Football Champs (Varsity) - Girls Shot Put Champion - 4th place Discus (Girls)
  • Regional Title- Vocal Motion Wins The Anaheim Heritage Music Festival
  • 2016 National/World Title- Female student Wins World's for Powerlifting. She also broke three World and American records; Squat- 418lbs, Bench-295lbs, Deadlift- 505lbs - Same student also named 2015 (school year 2015-2016) OVERALL LIFTER
  • National Titles- 7th & 8th place in History Day Contest,
  • National Awards in Scholastic Art- (2) Gold Keys in Design (1) Silver Key in Design
  • National Recognition as “America’s Best Football Program” in fan vote: Kahuku (Hawaii)-84,610 Cedar Park(Texas)-71,359 Clairton (Pittsburgh)-41,233
  • Multiple school recognition/awards- KHIS Green Team
  • Hawaii Next 50 Contest 1st Place Winner



  • Football State Champions
  • State Title- History Day - 1st in Senior Paper, 1st in Senior Performance
  • State Title- Speech and Debate - 4th place in Humorous Interpretation, 3rd place in Lincoln Douglas
  • We The People State Champions
  • CTE Arts and Communication Showcase Titles
  • OIA Title- Girls JV Shot put & Discus CHAMPION *State Title- Bradina Anae breaks 2 State of Hawaii and American Records in weight-lifting; BENCH PRESS (265 lbs) & DEADLIFT (315 lbs) 
  • National Title- History Day - 7th and 8th places plus Outstanding State Entry, Senior Division and Special WWII Awards
  • National/World Title- Bradina Anae Wins The World Competition and breaks 2 world records in Bench (286lbs) and Deadlift (435lbs), and is named BEST OVERALL LIFTER in POWERLIFTING 2014 (School Year 2014--2015)
  • Kahuku Speech and Debate team won double sweepstakes trophies in speech, for highest number of superiors and highest % of superiors at Punahou School. With over 300 competitors and 18 schools in attendance (mostly private schools), Kahuku proved superior both in quantity and quality.



  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - Gold and Silver Keys 
  • We The People State Champions
  • 2014 John Hopkins University CTY Award winner
  • 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - Gold and Silver Keys
  • 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal Award winner



  • Youth Arts Month Finalists
  • AP Scholars
  • OIA Champ - JV Girls Shot Put
  • State Title - We the People - Health Occupations Students of America -1st place (3) State Champions – Varsity Football
  • Regional Title - Science Olympiad Regional - 2nd place
  • National Title - Health Occupations Students of America 5th place (3)
  • Scholastics Art and Writing Awards - Gold and Silver Keys Congressional Art Competition Semi-Finalists
  • Health Occupations Students of America-1st in State (3); 5th (3) in Nationals Science Olympiad Regional - 2nd place
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - Gold and Silver Keys
  • Congressional Art Competition Semi-Finalists Youth Arts Months Finalists AP Scholars State Champions
  • Two National Merit Semifinalists
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • Two National Merit Semifinalists
  • Football State Champions
  • National Merit Scholarship winner and the Gates Millennium Scholarship winner
  • We the People State Champions
  • Two entries to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
  • National Merit Semi Finalist
  • Scholastic Art Awards State winner
  • Football State Champions
  • Two entries to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • Football State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions
  • We the People State Champions



  • 7 National Board Certified Teachers
  • Presidential Awardee for Science
  • Hawaii Teacher of the Year
  • 3 Windward District Teachers of the Year
  • Fulbright Exchange Teacher
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition
  • 3 State History Day Teachers of the Year
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
  • National Wrestling Coaching Association Western State Coach of the Year


2012 Highlights of Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • Kahuku High School linebacker Benetton “Benny” Fonua signed a Letter of Intent to play for the UH-Manoa Warriors while defensive back Mekelo Barkley Fiso signed with the Western Oregon Wolves.
  • The Kahuku Band won the 2nd Annual Kapolei Marching Band Festival, earning top honors out of 14 high school bands. 
  • Kahuku JROTC took first place at the statewide West Point Society Drill Meet last month, when more than 200 cadets from 20-plus schools competed.
  • Kahuku High School students prevailed in the We the People Competition. The team, led by advisor Jan Harney, bested three teams from Iolani and a charter school as well as others, and is bound for the national competition. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and the democratic principles of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Kahuku beats Punahou to win Division I state football title
  • For the first time in the We the People Competition, an elementary school fielded an exhibition team. Laie Elementary fifth graders and their advisors Colleen Spring, Sandy Alulii, Lisa Morelock, and Sineha Tupolu, demonstrated through courtroom arguments, a degree of proficiency regarding the Constitution that would be the envy of many AP US history teachers.
  • In March, Kamehameha School students joined Kahuku students for a simulated congressional hearing hosted by the Hawaii State Judiciary.
  • The Kahuku Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program was recognized as an Honor Unit with Distinction for Hawaii. Members from the 8th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command of Ft. Lewis, Wash., oversaw a formal inspection of 18 areas including a drill team performance. This distinction earned Kahuku five appointments to the nation’s military academies.
  • General Michael J. Terry of the Sustainability Command, officials from Ulupono Initiative, Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Malaekahana Hui visited with the president and vice--president of Kahuku's Sustainability Club.
  • In January, Kahuku Alum Jack Johnson (Class of 93), launched Kahuku Green Ribbon School Initiatives to the entire student body.
  • Kahuku High and Intermediate held a Mock Congress event at Turtle Bay Hilton on March 8, 2012. 
  • The Windward District Science and Engineering Fair, held at Windward Community College on February 9, 10 and 11 had student projects from 15 of the 16 Kahuku schools. In all, 28 Windward public schools and one charter school had science fair projects. Windward District vice-principals coordinated the fair this year.
  • The Windward District’s History Day will be held at the King Cafeteria on Sat., February 18. Student projects will include research papers, displays, performances, Web sites and documentaries. Winners recommended by the judges at the Windward District Science Fair and History Day will go on the state level competitions.
  • Kahuku High’s Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams made it to the state championship playoffs.
  • For the first time ever in Kahuku's history, all presidencies of all of Kahuku's clubs met to set initiatives for Kahuku Green Initiative Summit hosted by Coach Uila in May 2012. Community representives included First WInd, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Synagro, Malaekahana Hui and Rep. Gil Riviere.


2012 Kahuku Film Club's Awards:

  • Winner OHA & HERF statewide student competition 2012: Kalo Vignettes. “Ikaika meets Kalo”
  • Winner Olelo’s statewide Youth Xchange competition 2012: Best Short. “Ikaika meets Kalo”
  • Winner Olelo’s statewide Youth Xchange competition 2011: Peace Maker Division. “Mean Words” a short film on anti-bullying
  • People’s Choice by Internet Voting, Road Runner commercial contest 2011. “Run Like an Animal”
  • RED TV 2010-2012, 18 Episodes:  A substantial part of the TV footage was planned, produced, filmed and edited by the Kahuku Film Club. School news and educational video content.
  • Documentary of the Making of the Kahuku Wind Farms: First Wind, 2011
  • Filmed & Video Archived School Events
  • Cheerfest, Songfest, Brown Bags, Vocal Motion’s Performances, Speech & Debate winning performances, Interviews with 2011 State Champion Football team, Green Ribbon School kickoff, etc
  • The Kahuku Film Club was honored by the Honolulu City Council for Youth Achievement.
  • Produced News Segment for PBS student news program: Hiki No
  • Students wrote, directed, filmed and edited video segment on Vocal Motion & inspirational Chorus teacher- 2011.
  • Filmed Hearings at the State Capital & Interviewed Legislators 
  • Filmed two Hearings of on “Film, Art & Education” by the Culture & the Arts Committee. Highlights shown on Olelo Public Television, 2011.
  • Interviewed & Filmed Local State Legislators at opening day at the Capitol. Aired on Olelo Public Television-2012.
  • Hosted & Filmed Kahuku visit of State of Hawaii’s Creative Services Director, 
  • Planned visit to Kahuku of Georja Skinner, head of the Creative Services Division for the State of Hawaii. Performances by Vocal Motion, Speech & Debate, Brown Bag singers, short Film Showcase of student’s works. Interviewed & Filmed Ms Skinner on her career.