About Kawananakoa

Established in 1927

Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School is dedicated to ensuring students graduate college and career ready through a rigorous standards-based education. The school is a cultural melting pot that serves approximately 620 students from Nu'uanu, Pauoa, Pacific Heights, Liliha, Kalihi-Palama, and parts of Downtown Honolulu. To ensure academic excellence, the school monitors achievement levels of all students and uses research-based interventions to best support areas of need. Kawananakoa Middle School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and has consistently received recognition as one of the top-performing schools in the State of Hawaii.

Kawananakoa Middle School has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 2000. Recently, the Kawananakoa community celebrated its 90th anniversary and dedicated the newly renovated Princess Abigail Kawananakoa Auditorium in February 2017. The school continues to offer a wide variety of extracurriculars for students as well as other programs for students to grow and learn, such as career job shadowing and community service opportunities.

Mission Statement

The faculty, staff, and families of Kawananakoa Middle School are committed to helping and guiding students to develop their fullest potential in becoming productive and contributing members of society.

School Vision

Ka naʻauao me ke aloha

Knowledge and Wisdom with Compassion


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School Philosophy

We, at Kawananakoa Middle School, believe every child can learn and is a unique and valued individual.

We, at Kawananakoa Middle School, believe that:

  • Students of middle school age experience changes which affect their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. In order to educate students, the school is responsive to these changes.

  • Students should have educators who will provide skills and knowledge.

  • Students should have counseling and guidance in character development.

  • Students should be given the opportunity to explore subjects that foster their curiosity, creativity, and ability to excel in a changing world.

  • Student learning is enhanced when supported by home and community.

Core Values

Respect · Responsibility · Resiliency

Our KMS Behavior Expectations (the “3Rs”) represent qualities that contribute to the belief of our Vision “Knowledge and Wisdom with Compassion.” By integrating the GLOs, in coordination with the 3Rs, into many facets of the school, KMS students are exemplifying the characteristics of an Ali’i Warrior each day.


Caring for self, others, and surroundings


Being accountable for one's actions


Overcoming or positively coping with challenges in one's life

School Pride

School Alma Mater

"Hail, Kawananakoa,

Alma mater dear,

Sing the joyful chorus,

Sound it loud and clear


Rally round the banner,

We will never fail,

Hail, Kawananakoa

Our alma mater dear. RAH!"

School Mascot

Aliʻi Warrior

School Colors

Cardinal, Black, Gold