The Hawai'i Council of Private Schools (HCPS) is the licensing arm of the Hawai'i Association for Independent Schools (HAIS) and is responsible for licensing Hawaiʻi private schools, offering kindergarten through grade 12, as defined in Act 188 of June 15, 1995, ch. 188, 1995 Haw. Sess. Laws 356 (“Act 188”). Schools must meet the standards established by the Council, in order to pursue licensing.