Fostering individuals' strengths, in order to help them become the architects of their own futures.
We work with each student to help them progress toward success in the community.
Statement of Purpose
As an alternative school, our purpose is to empower students to develop healthy behaviors that lead them toward achieving emotional and academic success.
Presently, Olomana School provides educational services (7-12) to students at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), those detained at the Detention Home (DH), Home Maluhia and at the Olomana Youth Center (OYC). Students, who attend OYC, enroll as a result of having difficulties in the educational mainstream because of disciplinary misconduct, chronic school alienation, and truancy. At HYCF, students are incarcerated for various reasons ranging from serious law violations to status offenses. Youth detained at DH are awaiting hearing/trial or alternative placement. Those at Home Maluhia are court ordered youth detained at a non-secured shelter awaiting program placement. Olomana students have experienced significant and multiple barriers to academic achievement. Many come from the most turbulent families, experienced violence and bereavement extremes, exhibit the highest-risk behaviors, and have had multiple home placements.
Olomana School dates back to 1850 as a coeducational industrial reformatory school for the care and education of helpless and neglected children and for the reformation of juvenile offenders. The school went through two name changes, two relocations and from a co-educational to single-sex schools from the time of inception to the present day. In 1974 the alternative day school, Olomana Youth Center (OYC) and Detention Home (DH) were added to the school.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Olomana School is a WASC accredited school. Olomana School received initial accreditation in 2008 and completed it's first full self study and site visit in the 2011-2012 year with accreditation lasting until 2015.