Enrichment Programs

Enrichment Programs


Ho`ala provides fine arts courses for all students, K-12, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, multi-media art, photography, drama and movement.


Music instruction is provided for all Ho`ala students in grades K-6 and offered as an elective for grades 7-8. An emphasis is placed on movement and rhythm, and students learn to read music and discern music genres.


Ho`ala is an active member of the Interscholastic League of Hawaii (ILH).


Beginner Hula - for Ho`ala girls in grades K - 6. Learn hula from an experienced Hula teacher.  Girls will use their talents at outside hula performances, May Day program and our annual Lu`au.

Piano Lessons

Ho`ala mom Keiko Poarch -- an experienced piano instructor of 21 years -- offers private lessons for Ho`ala students in all grades. Currently lessons are offered on various days throughout the week.

Chess Club

Ho`ala students in grades 2-12 are invited to join Ho`ala's chess club.   A Chess master provides instruction, and players constantly challenge each other to improve their games. 

Taiko Drumming

Ryusei Taiko Drumming is an enrichment program offered at Ho`ala School, led by instructor Andrea Iwamoto. Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in this after school program on Mondays.

Enrollment is limited to those who enrolled from the start of the year, as future courses build on prior knowledge.

Theater/Drama Class

Experience the fun of drama classes by an enthusiastic, energetic teacher!  Students gain confidence as they participate in various activities to build skils in stage presence, speech and acting.


For students entering grades 1-6, this summer day program leads children on an exploration of a different academic topic each week through hands-on experiments, art, music, dance, field trips and games.

Keiki Summer School

For students who have completed K-6. Theme based program,academic skills review, enrichment activities, early morning and extended afternoon care available.

Camp Kokua

For students who have completed 3rd through high school. 2 weeks of various community projects on and off island. Must be mature and ready to work hard.

Middle School Athletic Camp

For students who have completed grades 5th – 8th. 2 weeks of varied athletic activities throughout the island.

Call 621-1898 for an application & additional information, or contact us through this website. Space is limited in all programs.


Working in partnership with the University of Hawaii's Service Learning Program, Ho`ala hosts "Camp Kokua," a summer program focused on service learning for students entering grades 3-12.

Ho`ala School is a two-week Service Learning Program dedicated to teaching students about community and volunteerism. We're teaching children that they can contribute to the community in a variety of ways and have an impact.  Camp Kokua began in the summer of 2002 and started it’s 15th year in the summer of 2016. This community service program for children 8-18, provides students with opportunities to serve in various service projects throughout the islands.   Several students who moved to the mainland, return each summer to attend Camp Kokua.  The two-week summer day camp is led by Ho`ala School teacher Lori Fukuoka and Atina Pascua, Executive Director of the University of Hawaii’s Service Learning Program. In 2010 Camp Kokua received the Promising Practices Award by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, D.C.  The CEP gives this annual award for unique and specific exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic growth of K–12 students through character education. Past projects have included:

  • a trip to the University of Hawaii’s Ka Papa Lo`i o Kanewa`i, part of the University’s Hawai`inuiaka School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Students prepared the lo`i for planting and helped to maintain existing taro plants.
  • collaboration with Surfing the Nations, an organization committed to helping the needy with headquarters now in Wahiawa. 
  • a trip Moloka`i to volunteer at the Moloka`i Youth Center, the Keawa Nui Fishpond and the elderly home, Hale Naha`olu.
  • volunteer work with the Equine 808 Horse Rescue in Ewa
  • work with the Army Natural Resources Program at Mt. Kahanahaiki on an overnight camping trip
  • work with Service Animals
  • work at Volcanoes National Park, Mt. Ka`ala, Waimea Valley and various other state and national parks 
  • work at the Humane Society and various animal shelters on Maui and Oahu


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