Nanakuli High and Intermediate School

School ID - 263
89-980 Nānākuli Avenue,
Wai’anae, HI 96792
Nanakuli HS Sign
Phone: (808) 305-7600
Fax: (808) 668-5828

Mr. Darin Pilialoha
Pua Watson 
Academy of Design Technology
David Kaniaupio
Academy of Sustainability
Leina‘ala Salausa
Dream, Believe, Achieve: NHIS will be a School of Hope for every student as we old important the Dreams for their future, Believe in their ability to learn, and Achieve college and career readiness upon graduation.

We are a purposeful learning 
community in which all individuals are valued and collectively responsible. As partners, the students, faculty, staff, families, and greater community create a positive learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, cultivates personal and professional growth, embraces diverse perspectives, and develops resiliency to thrive in a changing world.
In the Wai‘anae Moku we empower and engage each child. Students are supported with care and understanding for their social, emotional and behavioral needs. Our schools provide relevant educational opportunities to maximize student potential and to prepare them for a successful future. Our students deserve nothing less than our best.
“Na kākou nā keiki āpau o Nānākuli me Wai‘anae.”
The children of Nānākuli and Wai‘anae belong to all of us.
Established in 1967, Nānākuli High and Intermediate School (NHIS) is the only school in the Leeward District with both an Intermediate and High School under one administration. The campus sits on 60 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands in the heart of Nanakuli Valley. The school population is diverse; however, it is predominantly made up of Hawaiian or Part-Hawaiian students.

Nanakuli HS TheaterNHIS focuses on fostering positive and caring relationships, providing a stimulating and rigorous curriculum, and making learning relevant for all students. Based on the school motto, Kulia I Ka Nu’u (“we seek the highest”), NHIS explores and provides an exciting and enriching learning environment that will prepare our students to be college and career ready for life after high school.

NHIS will continue to provide an environment that will focus on literacy as the basis in ensuring our students are able to read, write, and think. NHIS has 1:1computers for each student in every class. Professional development was provided to teachers on various applications that can be used to enhance their curriculum to make learning more engaging for students. The school continues to work on the implementation of the schoolwide argumentative writing process. The school has also focused on schoolwide implementation of the Multi-Tiered Systems of support to improve relationships and classroom environment for students.

All content areas support literacy to ensure that our students are able to read, write, speak, listen, and think critically (College and Career Readiness and Life Skills). NHIS provides a variety of programs and courses to address the academic, social and emotional needs and interests of its students. NHIS provides support for students to be prepared for college/career by offering a number of AP courses as well as dual credit college courses.

Health concerns of our students have been addressed with our partnership with Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center. This is a leap to continue to change the outcomes for our students. NHIS is also excited about joining the National Career Academy Coalition in the 2020-2021 SY. NHIS embraced the academy model and will continue to involve all stakeholders as they are continually committed to making meaningful and lifelong learning experiences for all students.

NHIS will continue to make a concerted effort to involve the parents and community in the success of the students and the school. Teachers in various content areas involve community and business partners to help engage students and to bring relevance to content being taught in these courses.
WASC Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges - 6 Years
SY 2023-2024
Fall Enrollment