Hanahauʻoli School

Hanahauʻoli School is an independent elementary school in Makiki, Hawaii.[2] As of 2012, the school had 207 students with the youngest in Junior Kindergarten and the oldest in 6th grade.[3] The current head of school is Lia Woo, an alumna of the school.[4]

Hanahauʻoli School
A hand-drawn logo of a golden bell in front of a green fern leaf
1922 Makiki St

Coordinates21°18′27″N 157°49′55″W / 21.307420°N 157.831930°W / 21.307420; -157.831930Coordinates: 21°18′27″N 157°49′55″W / 21.307420°N 157.831930°W / 21.307420; -157.831930
School typeIndependent elementary school
(Joyous Work)
Established1918 [1]
Head of SchoolLia Woo
Primary years taughtJunior Kindergarten through 6th grade
Color(s) Orange  and  White 


Hanahauʻoli was founded in 1918 by Sophie Cooke and George Cooke, the son of Charles Montague Cooke and Anna Rice Cooke.[5] The school was founded as an experiment in progressive education as advocated by John Dewey,[6] with an emphasis on cooperation and experiential learning,[7] and was visited by Dewey and his wife a few years after its establishment.[5][8] The initial group of 15 students was made up of the Cooke family's children along with their relatives and friends.[9]

Hanahauʻoli had the first jungle gym in Honolulu.[10]

The school in recent yearsEdit

Hanahauʻoli operates a professional development center for teachers in the community, which also offers resources for parents.[11] The school also hosts an annual children's fair.[12] In summers 2020 and 2021, Hanahauʻoli offered a five-week tuition-free summer school program for public school students in second through fifth grades.[13]


  1. ^ "History". Hanahauoli School. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "Hanahauoli School to Host Children's Fair". KHON2. 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  3. ^ "Robert Peters to retire from Hanahauoli School". www.bizjournals.com. November 8, 2012. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Hanahau'oli graduate named head of school". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "Hanahauoli School - Cooke Foundation - Hawaii Community Foundation". www.cookefoundationlimited.org. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. ^ A Handbook of American Private Schools. Sargent's Handbooks (8th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Porter Sargent Publishers. 1923. p. 884.
  7. ^ Hawaii Community Foundation (2020-08-02). "The Cooke Foundation: Nurturing the Next Generation of Givers". Hawaii Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Hanahauoli School Parent Enrichment Program". The Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Yardley, Maili (10 October 1990). "Memories of Eto and Hanahauoli School". The Honolulu Advertiser.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Bond, Anna (September 1, 1968). "Hanahauoli School To Mark Golden Anniversary". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. 21. Retrieved February 2, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Hanahau'oli School". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  12. ^ "Hanahauoli School invites all families to its annual children's fair this weekend". Hawaii News Now. November 15, 2013. Retrieved 2021-01-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Lee, Suevon (2021-03-15). "How One Private School Is Trying To Help Public Schools Catch Up". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved 2021-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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