Kahakai Elementary School

Summary:

Kahakai Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 581 students. The school is part of the Hawaii Department of Education district, which is ranked 1 out of 1 in the state and rated 5 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Kahakai Elementary has a diverse student population, with a significant percentage of Pacific Islander (29.95%) and Hispanic (23.75%) students, as well as a notable presence of students of two or more races (22.2%). The school's performance on standardized tests is mixed compared to the state averages, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts (43%) and Mathematics (41%) below the state averages. However, the 5th-grade proficiency rates in ELA (54%) and Math (47%) were closer to or above the state averages. Kahakai Elementary has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 55.94% to 61.88% over the past three school years, suggesting a higher proportion of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

When comparing Kahakai Elementary to nearby schools, some interesting observations emerge. Hookena Elementary and Honaunau Elementary, which are also part of the Hawaii Department of Education district, have similar racial demographics but lower test scores compared to Kahakai. Kona Pacific - PCS, a public charter school, has a higher percentage of white students (50.27%) and outperforms Kahakai on both ELA and Math proficiency rates. Kealakehe Elementary, the closest school to Kahakai, has the lowest test scores among the schools analyzed, with proficiency rates well below the state averages.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 76-147 Royal Poinciana Dr
       Kailua Kona, HI  96740


(808) 327-4313

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
126th of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,424 Help


Students who attend Kahakai Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Konawaena Middle School
High:    Konawaena High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.0 Help
Number of students:  581

Racial breakdown:

Pacific Islander:
29.9%
Hispanic:
23.8%
Two or more races:
22.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  55.9% Help


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Compare Details Kahakai Elementary School ranks worse than 64.6% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 121st among 181 ranked elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 36.28. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kahakai Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Pacific Islander (29.9%), Hispanic (23.8%), two or more races (22.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 55.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kahakai Elementary School is 17. 167 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kahakai Elementary School is $15,424. 138 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kahakai Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Hawaii Department of Education:

SchoolDigger ranks Hawaii Department of Education 1st of 1 Hawaii school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Kahakai Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 24.23 167th 194 13.9%
2007 27.12 154th 192 19.8%
2008 19.93 128th 146 12.3%
2009 19.05 166th 191 13.1%
2010 24.65 149th 183 18.6%
2011 30.81 149th 191 22.0%
2012 50.54 103rd 195 47.2%
2013 56.62 85th 196 56.6%
2015 57.42 76th 194 60.8%
2016 64.71 67th 195 65.6%
2017 64.34 77th 207 62.8%
2018 57.04 87th 193 54.9%
2019 38.15 127th 196 35.2%
2021 27.30 140th 196 28.6%
2022 38.47 121st 193 37.3%
2023 36.28 126th 195 35.4%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Kahakai Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 278 9 319 14 1 n/a n/a 0 621
1990 285 5 316 12 1 n/a n/a 0 619
1991 278 13 375 8 1 n/a n/a 0 675
1992 297 8 381 40 3 n/a n/a 0 729
1993 296 12 371 35 2 n/a n/a -1 715
1994 307 8 374 33 4 n/a n/a 0 726
1995 299 5 415 31 7 n/a n/a 0 757
1996 299 5 415 31 7 n/a n/a 0 757
1997 302 5 427 32 3 n/a n/a -12 757
1998 253 3 444 28 5 n/a n/a 0 733
1999 246 2 429 31 4 n/a n/a 0 712
2000 217 1 435 49 7 n/a n/a 0 709
2001 202 3 427 46 7 n/a n/a 0 685
2002 181 4 344 63 3 n/a n/a 0 595
2003 181 4 344 63 3 n/a n/a 0 595
2004 175 6 359 57 8 n/a n/a 0 605
2005 184 4 384 68 15 n/a n/a 0 655
2006 177 5 365 62 14 n/a n/a 0 623
2007 169 2 329 59 10 n/a n/a 0 569
2008 159 3 327 62 11 n/a n/a 0 562
2009 169 6 362 65 12 n/a n/a 0 614
2010 174 6 340 73 9 n/a n/a 0 602
2011 136 12 125 77 8 249 6 0 613
2012 144 14 127 84 8 244 2 0 623
2013 143 10 134 83 8 239 9 0 626
2014 154 7 124 103 6 260 34 0 688
2015 139 8 107 122 3 261 55 0 695
2016 139 6 96 129 4 254 77 0 705
2017 131 5 98 170 3 239 96 0 742
2018 110 4 103 165 3 224 126 0 735
2019 96 6 104 175 2 233 143 0 759
2020 98 2 88 177 2 219 144 0 730
2021 81 1 77 164 4 209 125 0 661
2022 91 1 82 154 4 203 125 0 660
2023 70 0 67 138 3 174 129 0 581

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Kahakai Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 621 31.5 19.7 28.7
1990 619 32.0 19.3 26.2
1991 675 35.0 19.2 19.7
1992 729 36.0 20.2 26.5
1993 715 39.5 18.1 21.5
1994 726 42.0 17.3 21.2
1995 757 38.0 19.9 22.1
1996 757 38.0 19.9 22.1
1997 757 42.0 18.0 41.5
1998 733 40.5 18.1 36.6
1999 712 41.5 17.2 40.2
2000 709 41.0 17.3 43.7
2001 685 40.0 17.1 55.2
2002 595 34.5 17.2 59.5
2003 595 34.5 17.2 59.5
2004 605 40.5 14.9 56.4
2005 655 42.5 15.4 54.7
2006 623 40.5 15.4 48.8
2007 569 34.5 16.5 42.7
2008 562 33.5 16.8 41.6
2009 614 32.5 18.9 52
2010 602 33.0 18.2 51.2
2011 613 34.0 18.0 56.9
2012 623 35.0 17.8 66
2013 626 38.0 16.4 67.4
2014 688 39.0 17.6 66.7
2015 695 40.0 17.3 63.7
2016 705 39.0 18.0 61
2017 742 44.0 16.8 61.7
2018 735 42.0 17.5 57
2019 759 44.0 17.2 61.7
2020 730 45.0 16.2 57.7
2021 661 43.0 15.3 61.9
2022 660 43.0 15.3 61.5
2023 581 34.0 17.0 55.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Kahakai Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 621 31.5 19.7 28.7
1990 619 32.0 19.3 26.2
1991 675 35.0 19.2 19.7
1992 729 36.0 20.2 26.5
1993 715 39.5 18.1 21.5
1994 726 42.0 17.3 21.2
1995 757 38.0 19.9 22.1
1996 757 38.0 19.9 22.1
1997 757 42.0 18.0 41.5
1998 733 40.5 18.1 36.6
1999 712 41.5 17.2 40.2
2000 709 41.0 17.3 43.7
2001 685 40.0 17.1 55.2
2002 595 34.5 17.2 59.5
2003 595 34.5 17.2 59.5
2004 605 40.5 14.9 56.4
2005 655 42.5 15.4 54.7
2006 623 40.5 15.4 48.8
2007 569 34.5 16.5 42.7
2008 562 33.5 16.8 41.6
2009 614 32.5 18.9 52
2010 602 33.0 18.2 51.2
2011 613 34.0 18.0 56.9
2012 623 35.0 17.8 66
2013 626 38.0 16.4 67.4
2014 688 39.0 17.6 66.7
2015 695 40.0 17.3 63.7
2016 705 39.0 18.0 61
2017 742 44.0 16.8 61.7
2018 735 42.0 17.5 57
2019 759 44.0 17.2 61.7
2020 730 45.0 16.2 57.7
2021 661 43.0 15.3 61.9
2022 660 43.0 15.3 61.5
2023 581 34.0 17.0 55.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Kahakai Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,299 (8.4%) $14,125 (91.6%) $15,424

Data source: Hawaii Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Kahakai Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 127th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 126th of 195 Elementary schools
 0.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kahakai Elementary School)3539
 4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kahakai Elementary School)3736
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kahakai Elementary School)4437
 7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kahakai Elementary School)4140
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kahakai Elementary School)6154
 7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kahakai Elementary School)4847
 1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
All Grades English Language Arts (Kahakai Elementary School)4743
 4%
All Grades Mathematics (Kahakai Elementary School)4241
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students759581
 23.5%
African American60
 100%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian10467
 35.6%
Hispanic175138
 21.1%
Pacific Islander233174
 25.3%
White9670
 27.1%
Two or More Races143129
 9.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients61.7%55.9%
 5.7%


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Kahakai Elementary School ranks 126th of 195 Hawaii elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Kahakai Elementary School are 30% Pacific Islander, 24% Hispanic, 22% Two or more races, 12% White, 12% Asian.

Students who attend Kahakai Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Konawaena Middle School
High : Konawaena High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 581 students attended Kahakai Elementary School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Hawaii State Department of Education.

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