Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

International Students

The Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) represents more than 90 private, independent, parochial and international schools in Hawai'i.  The range of educational options is as wide and varied as anywhere in the United States.  You can find very large schools of 2,500+ students and very small schools of 100 or fewer students; schools for just girls and schools for just boys; Montessori schools, Waldorf schools, and Reggio Emilia schools; schools that are affiliated with various religions and also secular schools; day schools and residential schools; urban schools and rural schools.  You name it – we have it!

 HAIS member institutions include big-name schools that were attended by famous people such as U.S. President Obama and Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China; and it also has less well-known schools that are recipients of hundreds of regional and national academic and athletic awards every year.

 Hawai'i is also one of the most international and multicultural states in America, with large, active communities of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Philippine and European students joining students from all of the other 49 U.S. states.

Adding to its appeal, Hawai'i is one of the safest and healthiest places in the world to live, study and work.  It has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, pollution-free air and water, and a year-round tropical climate that allows one to be outside walking, hiking, biking and exercising every day.

Studying at one or more of Hawai'i’s many private, independent, parochial or international schools will excite and expand your mind, refresh your body and enhance your emotional and spiritual well-being. 


Please take a look at the following links to discover what a few of HAIS’s many licensed and accredited member institutions have to offer.

Foreign Student Brochure

Foreign Student Brochure Link 

Hawai'i Educational Directory

Hawai'i Educational Directory & Study Hawai'i Link
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