Iolani School

Iolani School

:"Iolani redirects here. For the palace see ʻIolani Palace.

okinaIolani School, located at 563 Kamoku Street in Honolulu, Hawaiokinai, is a private coeducational college preparatory school serving over 1,800 students. Founded in 1863 by Father William R. Scott, it was the principal school of the former Anglican Church of Hawaiokinai. It was patronized by Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma who gave the school its name in 1870. "okinaIolani" in the Hawaiian language means "heavenly hawk". Today, okinaIolani School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the United States. It is administered by a Board of Governors and is one of the largest independent schools in the United States.


Early years

On December 16, 1861, Lord Bishop Thomas Nettleship Staley arrived in Hawaiokinai upon a joint request of Kamehameha IV and Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The following year Kamehameha IV, a devout member of the Church of England, established the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, also known as the Anglican Church of Hawaiokinai.

In 1863, Lord Bishop Staley's companion Father Scott purchased land in Lāhaina and established Luaokinaehu School, a school for boys. When Father Scott fell ill and returned to Britain, Father George Mason was summoned by Lord Bishop Staley to administer the school. When Lord Bishop Staley, too, left the islands for Britain in 1870, Father Mason moved the school to the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew in downtown Honolulu. It was there that the widowed Queen Emma gave the school its current name.

With the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiokinai and annexation to the United States in 1898, the Anglican Church of Hawaiokinai was dissolved and taken over by the Episcopal Church United States (ECUSA). okinaIolani School was moved to Nuokinauanu, transferred back to downtown Honolulu and then moved to Nuokinauanu a second time. It remained in Nuokinauanu from 1927 to 1953, when it was moved to the present Ala Wai site.

In 1980, the school officially became co-educational, ending its all-male enrollment policy.


okinaIolani School quickly grew with time. okinaIolani School further refined its program offerings with a standard college preparatory curriculum as a foundation for every student. Religion, performing and visual arts, music and athletics became integral parts of the modern okinaIolani School education.


The campus itself is divided into two main parts: Upper and Lower School.The campus buildings include Castle Building, Weinberg Building, the I-Wing, the art building, and the Nangaku Building. Other facilities include the Upper Gym and the Lower Gym, the Ranzman Library, the Dillingham Pool, and St. Alban's Chapel. Iolani School also has a stadium (Kozuki Stadium), a baseball field, an outdoor basketball court (the One Team Field house), and several tennis courts. [cite web
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Recently, the campus went under minor renovations for the removal of Convention Drive.


okinaIolani School's athletic program was founded in 1932 by Father Kenneth A. Bray. Over 900 or 70% of the student body belongs to an okinaIolani School athletic team in over 32 competitive sports. okinaIolani School is a member of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, an athletic conference composed of Honolulu-area private schools.

Since the formation of the Hawaiokinai High School Athletic Association, okinaIolani has won over 75 state championships in various sports. In recent history, it is the only school in Hawaiokinai to have won five consecutive state championships in Boys Basketball from 2002 to 2006. okinaIolani also possesses the most consecutive state championships in Boys Wrestling, with distinction as the first ILH school to win a Girls Wrestling State Championship in 2005.

State championships


okinaIolani is divided into two different sections: Lower School and Upper School.

Lower School is for kindergarten through 6th grade. It is separate from Upper School and the teaching environment represents one of an elementary school. [cite web
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Upper School is for 7th through 12th grade. The schedule is divided into eight different periods, which rotate weekly. Each student normally has one study hall/free period and one elective, although new students who do not take a language normally have a second study hall or elective. [cite web
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] okinaIolani students can also take courses during summer school, which allows them to have a free period during the regular school year.

According to a school profile [See the [ School profile] ] , okinaIolani School has had 849 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, with 85% of the seniors participating. Out of these 849 examinations, 56% earned a score of 5, 85% earned a score of 4 or 5, and 97% earned a score of 3, 4, or 5.

In 2008, okinaIolani School had 32 National Merit Semifinalists out of a total of 73 from Hawaiokinai.

SAT scores (for the class of 2007)
*Verbal: 560 - 690 (middle 50%).cite web
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*Math: 600 - 730 (middle 50%).

*Writing: 570 - 680 (middle 50%).

Keables Guide to English

okinaIolani School uses a form of grammar correction known as the Keables Guide to English. The Keables guide was first introduced by okinaIolani teacher Harold Keables in 1965. In papers written by okinaIolani students, teachers typically mark grammatical mistakes using the Keables codes. An example of a code would be C3, used where a student makes a mistake by not marking commas within a series of objects. [cite web
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] In eighth and seventh grade, students are not required to memorize the entire guide; however, in ninth grade, they are expected to.


okinaIolani School also has several robotics teams which participate in the various competitions organized by FIRST. Iolani has a FIRST Robotics team, a FIRST Lego League team, and a Junior FIRST Lego League team. Besides FIRST related teams, okinaIolani also has a Botball team and a Vex team.

okinaIolani's FIRST Lego League team won the Hawaiokinai State Championships in 2007. [cite web | title= 2007 Hawai`i FIRST LEGO League Tournament Awards| url= | accessdate = 2008-02-01 | format=HTML] They competed at the World Festival in 2008 as the representative for Hawaiokinai; they did not win any awards.

Notable Alumni

* Angela Aki, singer-songwriter of the Final Fantasy XII theme song, "Kiss Me Good-Bye".
* Bern Brostek, professional American football player.
* Shenan Brown,cite web |url= |title= Musician Shenan Brown '99 |author= |work= Iolani School website |date= 15 September 2006 |quote= ] rapper known as Shen in the Japanese group Def Tech.
* Jeff Chang, author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop, A History of the Hip-Hop Generation".
* Mike Fetters, MLB pitcher.
* Mufi Hannemann, politician and mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.
* Duke Hashimoto,cite web |url= |title= ProXtreme Soccer Camp: Feat. Duke Hashimoto ‘02 |work= Iolani Alumni |date= 15 December 2006 |quote= ] forward for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.
* Kila Kaaihue, MLB first baseman for the Kansas City Royals
* Charles Kalani, Jr., known as Professor Toru Tanaka
* Kanoe Kamana'o, WAC All-Star Volleyball Player [cite web |url= |title=Kanoe Kamana`o |accessdate=2008-01-18 |publisher=University of Hawaii]
* Guy Kawasaki, one of the original Apple employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984, as well as a CEO and author. [cite web |url= |title=About Guy |accessdate=2008-01-18 |author=Guy Kawasaki]
* Clyde Kusatsu, actor. [imdb name|0476226|name=Clyde Kusatsu] .
* Christopher Lee,cite web |url= |title= Christopher Lee '75 |author= Alumni Making Headlines |work= Iolani School website |month= January | year= 2005 |quote= ] former president of production for TriStar Pictures, executive producer of "Superman Returns".
* Derrick Low, [ Derrick Low '04] in Pan American Games. "Iolani School website."] point guard, Washington State University. Led the Cougars in scoring during the 2006-2007 season. Three-time Mr. Basketball in Hawaii as a Raider. [cite web |url= |title= Mr. Basketball: Iolani's Derrick Low reaches a new height as the Star-Bulletin's Player of the Year|accessdate=2008-01-18]
* Kalaokinai Miller, actor. [imdb name|0588701|name=Kala'i Miller]
* Grace Nikae, concert pianist. [cite web |url= |title=Professional Biography |accessdate=2008-01-20 |author=Ars Centrum]
* Kawika Shoji, son of the UH Women's volleyball coach. Member of USA Junior National Volleyball team.
* Hongzhe Sun,cite web |url= |title= Sun ’03 Shines in Pool and Classroom |author= Alumni Making Headlines |work= Iolani School website |month= April | year= 2005 |quote= ] A NCAA DI swimmer at Stanford, as well as an Olympic Trials Qualifier. [ cite web |url= |title=2008 Olympic Trials Qualifiers list |accessdate=2008-01-18 |format=PDF ]
* Taylor Takata, 2000 graduate, who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in judo, taking 9th place.
* Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and the first president of the Republic of China, as well as co-founder of the Kuomintang. [cite web |url= |title=Sun Yat-sen |accessdate=2008-01-18 |author= Jonathan D. Spence |publisher=TIME magazine]



* [ Hawaiokinai High School Athletic Association]
*cite book |title=At Thy Call We Gather: Iolani School |year=1997 |publisher=Iolani School |location=Honolulu, Hawaii |pages=296

External links

* [ Official okinaIolani Webpage]
* [ Inside okinaIolani (Official Student Webpage)]
* [ - Website for the okinaIolani Alumni Community]
* [ okinaIolani okinaOhana (Official okinaIolani Parent okinaOhana Webpage)]

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