Kahuku High and Intermediate School

Open house sessions scheduled for Oct. 2 (Intermediate) and Oct. 4 (High School) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Cafeteria.  Mahalo for submitting your free and reduced lunch applications.
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Kahuku High and Intermediate School is known as “The Pride of the North Shore”. Outstanding academic, Career and Technical education, athletic programs, Green Club, Health Learning Center, and the Music Learning Center bring state and national recognition to our school annually.


Kahuku High and Intermediate School (KHIS) has served generations of students and established a long and proud tradition of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence since the school first opened its doors in 1897. Our Vision is “Learning Today for Lifelong Success in College, Career, and Community!”. 


Students are enrolled from the communities of Ka'a'awa, Waikane,Kahana, Punalu'u, Hau'ula, La'ie, Kahuku, Sunset Beach and Pupukea which span a 26 mile stretch along the North Shore. The students, faculty and staff are proud to represent their families and community in a legacy of academic & athletic excellence.


At KHIS the ‘ohana will recognize that each individual has inherent worth and the talent to become a dedicated, lifelong learner. The school will be a safe, supportive environment where a caring, stimulating and knowledgeable staff has adequate resources to meet the needs of all students. Students will engage in a relevant, common core standards based challenging curriculum.


Kahuku graduates will be empowered with the academic, career, citizenship and social skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and to become successful, contributing members investing in the community. Kahuku will forever be an ‘ohana of meaningful involvement and will remain a source of pride for all. Kahuku High & Intermediate is a part of the Kahuku Complex in the Windward District and serves approximately 1600 students in grades 7 through 12.


The Health Learning Center was re-dedicated as the “Geraldine Meade Health Learning Center at Kahuku” in honor of a teacher that was an advocate for “lifelong learning” specializing in health and physical education. Part of this re-dedication was the first annual Community Health Fair, co-sponsored by the Kahuku Safety and Wellness Committee. Over one hundred students and community members were in attendance.


Our school participated in the first ever State of Hawaii “Governor’s Commencement Challenge” and won second place with a $5000 check from First Hawaiian Bank. Three essays were submitted outlining how KHIS prepares all students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. Our Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program coordinator provided data and information for the essays. All monies will be used to support career and college readiness in the AVID program and for National award winners of competitions to help defray travel costs. 


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited our school for the full six year term with a three year progress report. Many commendations were received from the WASC team.




Our center provides college admissions counseling, career counseling, scholarship and financial aid information, and assistance with fee waivers for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, NCAA Eligibility Center, ASVAB. In 2011 graduate scholarships totaled $1,134,840.

Our school participates in an on-line grades program, where all students and parents can view updated grades as well as communicate with teachers through e-mail.

We offer many levels of class instruction in every subject, including nationally recognized curriculums such as Read 180, nine Advanced Placement courses, and Academy structures for students to advance in a specific elective field. Advanced placement courses allow students to receive college credit by exam.

A(dvancement) V(ia) I(ndividual) D(etermination) is a national program to support students in reaching their higher academic goals through tutoring and goal setting. This elective program continues a curriculum that is age specific throughout middle and high school years.

English Language Arts
Stellar academic program featuring honors, advanced, Advanced Placement Language and Literature.  Read 180 and ACHIEVE 3000 programs are provided to support and accelerate readers. Speech and Debate students have garnered the National Forensic League Award for Excellence in Speech and Debate. Journalism program produces the yearbook and school newspaper. KHIS students publish the annual Tusitala literary magazine.  Students participate in Profiles in Courage contest from the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Star Poets, Peace Poem, WriteOn Hawaii, and Write in the Middle.   Drama puts on two major productions a year, one a musical; students perform all roles from director to stage designer.

KHIS Math Department takes great strides in meeting the needs of the individual student by using the results of extensive assessments to place incoming students at their ability level yet providing a challenging curriculum.  Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics offerings give students the demands of a college math curriculum and chance to earn college credit.

KHIS has excellent science facilities and offers Advanced Placement Biology, Medical Biotechnology/ Forensics, and Physics.  KHS Science Club won First Place at the Windward Regional Science Olympiad 2011.  The Kahuku Health Academy prepares students for careers in the health field.  Students in the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) competition went to nationals in 2011.

World Language
KHIS offers three levels of Japanese and Spanish language. The Japanese students each year host several Japanese school visits.  Hawaiian Immersion Kula Kaiapuni Hawai’i ‘o Kahuku Academy allows students to continue their high school education entirely in the Hawaiian language.

Social Studies
Since 1993 KHIS has participated in National History Day and sent students to represent Hawaii at the national competition every year!    Advanced Placement offerings include World History, U.S History, and Government & Politics. Students participate in Model United Nations and Mock Congress. The department sponsors: International Aloha Shoe Box Project: A global citizenship project, Beach Clean Up Days, and the School wide Recycling Campaign

Physical Education
The KHIS Physical Education Department promotes, teaches, and facilitates the attainment of movement forms, skills, cognitive concepts, and physical fitness to maintain physical activity throughout life.  This includes exposure to a variety of sports plus the skills to develop a personalized aerobic and weight training program.  The KHIS Adaptive PE program is geared towards students with special needs.

KHIS has a 7-12 Visual Arts Program including courses in arts & communication, drawing & painting, graphic art, photography, digital media, and fashion design.  Visual Arts students have garnered awards in local and national arts competitions: CTSO Showcase, Congressional Art Competition, Scholastics Art Competition, Youth Art Month Competition, and the FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leadership of America).


Kahuku Film Club

Digital Media won the 2011 and 2012 Olelo Youth Xchange Award for Peacemaking, "Mean Words", and 2010 Road Runner Finalist and People's Choice Award, ”Run like an Animal!".

JROTC Red Raider Battalion
KHIS JROTC Battalion is an Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD) for the 19th consecutive year.  This honor is achieved by only 10 percent of all HS in the nation, and is the highest score in the state. A JROTC HUD gets five appointments to the nation’s military academies, provided cadets meet the admission prerequisites. 

Kahuku Music Learning Center
This award-winning program includes the Intermediate Band, Symphonic Band, "The Pride of the North Shore" marching band, Intermediate and HS choirs, and the show choir, Vocal Motion.  Bands perform at football games, band festivals, concerts, Parade of Bands, and various community events.  The Band won the 2011 Sweepstakes Trophy at the Kapolei Marching Band Festival, and 1st place in music, marching, and soloist. Vocal Motion honors include Outstanding Choral Group trophies, Adjudicator's Award, and a Western Division American Choral Directors Association Convention performance in Las Vegas.


Kahuku Health Learning Center
The Kahuku Health Academy is a Hawaii State funded Health Learning Center.  Its mission is to provide career and technical education in the health professions and to inspire high school students to pursue post high school education and careers in medicine and health care. The program offers several courses.  In year 1 students take a Core Health Services class.  In year 2 students complete a Clinical Health class and a course in Human Physiology.  In year 3 students can take a Capstone class with a focus on the Nursing Assistant curriculum and independent leadership  projects to promote health in the school and community.  In addition, students may also enroll in a medical biotechnology class.  

Students in the program can join the national HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization and participate at the state level in various health related competitions.  Students placing in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places  in their  events go on to compete at the National Leadership Conference. Second year students also are active in 20 hours of health related service projects or job shadowing.
Mrs. Amy Swiderski is the director of  the program and teaches the Human Physiology classes.   Casey Primacio teaches the Health Core, Clinical Health and Capstone classes.  Mrs. Iris Kahaulelio teaches the Medical Biotechnology course.

The KHIS Natural Resources Programs raises threatened and endangered native Hawaiian plants from gathered seeds. Thousands of native plants have been given throughout the community to create native Hawaiian landscapes. The aquaculture facility grows ornamental and food fish that are marketed in Chinatown.  Malama ‘Aina, protect and care for the land;   KHIS students are taught to be the stewards of a sustainable future.
KHIS Clubs
Students can participate in a wide variety of interests in Art Club, Calabash Club, Computer Club, Digital Media Club, Environmental Club, Green Club, Kahuku Dance, Japanese Club, National Honor Society, Photo Club, Science Club, Sign Language Club, Society of Aspiring Thespians, and Surf Club