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Home Education in Hawaii

Be sure to submit a Notice of Intent with the principal of the local public school BEFORE you start homeschooling. You can use Form 4140 (provided by the Department of Education) or send a letter with the required information (name, address, telephone number, birthdate, and grade level of the child; and signature of the parent).  Hawai'i Homeschool Association has other guidelines and information to help you get started.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more. 

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Hawaii. You can find more support groups at their website.

Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from Hawaii Homeschool Association website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


Here are some organizations that you may find helpful.


Hawai’i Homeschool Association

Email:  HHA-info@hawaiihomeschoolassociation.org
Share homeschooling ideas and experiences and to disseminate information relevant to homeschoolers such as classes, events, field trips, programs, etc., organized by members.


Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Email:  CHOHinfo@christianhomeschoolersofhawaii.org

CHOH's mission as a statewide, non-governing service organization is to organize activities to educate, assist, and encourage families in homeschooling endeavors and be a liaison between homeschooling families and national, state, and local organizations and agencies.


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Christian Home Educators of Maui (CHEM)
Contact:  Barb Stewart, (808) 871-0603
Area:  Maui

Homeschool Adventure:  Program for Parents & Youngsters
Contact:  Gail Nagasako, (808) 242-8225
Email:  maui@hawaiihomeschoolassociation.org

Area:  Maui

Lighthouse Hawaii Island Christian Home Educators
Contact:  Chris Garboden, (808) 933-1752

Area:  Hilo

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Homeschoolers of Hawaii
Email: esther@catholicweb.com
Catholic families joining together to promote and support Catholic homeschooling.

Area:  Honolulu



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Last updated September 9, 2008

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