Kohala High School

School ID - 373
54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy.
Kapa’au, HI 96755
Kohala HS Entrance
Phone: (808) 889-7117
Fax: (808) 889-7120
Ms. Amy Stafford
Jessica Patao
Dean Snelling
  Kohala Mission, Vision  
At Kohala High School, our success is defined by the success of our students. We firmly believe in “all.” 100% means everyone gets the support and individualized learning opportunities they need to pursue their hopes and aspirations. 100%...No Less. 100% effort, persistence, resiliency, and commitment.
Kohala High School serves the North Kohala community on the island of Hawaii. The population of approximately 6,000 residents has remained steady through the past twenty years. Established in 1936, Kohala High began as a K-12 school and has since separated into three distinct schools that include an elementary, middle, and high school. The three schools are committed to solidifying a true pre-K-12 construct that will fully prepare our learners to excel and contribute to their communities.

Kohala High School’s motto, E Ala e Na Paniolo! —Rise to the Challenge, Cowboys!, signifies our deep commitment to provide a rigorous program for our students that will prepare them for successful entry into career and/or post-secondary education options. The school provides a strong academic core program and also offers a range of opportunities including onsite college classes in Biology, English and Hawaiian Studies as well as AP Computer Science. Project based learning and community service opportunities, including our Farm to School initiative, provide students with meaningful and relevant learning opportunities through our five Career Pathways(Natural Resources, Public and Human Services, Arts and Communication, Business, and Industrial Engineering Technology, fine arts and music.

Kohala High School enjoyed their first year in the new STEM complex comprised of two multi-purpose classrooms and three state of the art laboratory classrooms for physical science, biological science, and natural resources. This facility has opened up opportunities for students to deeply explore complex problems and creative solutions through inquiry and application-based learning experiences.

Presently, students can extend their learning through online classes provided through the Hawaii Virtual Learning Network, Myron B. Thompson Academy, and Acellus. On-line courses have helped support greater access to AP courses and elective courses not offered on-site. The school continues to offer a range of college-level courses during the school year and summer

Kohala provides an extracurricular program that includes athletics, clubs, and activities that support student growth beyond the classroom including the Student Credit Union, Leo Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council. This year we are looking forward to the return of FFA and the inception of student initiated clubs to expand on students’ learning and real world experiences. Kohala High School is forging ahead on building a Community School Model within the complex based on the four pillars of support: academics, expanded learning, health and wellness, and leadership. We believe that with a concerted effort of shared responsibility within our community, the students of Kohala will find happiness and success in whatever path they choose.
WASC Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges - 6 Years
SY 2023-2024
Fall Enrollment