About WHEA



Students become productive and responsible practitioners of collaboration and stewardship, evolving into lifelong critical thinkers who are confident in their ability to solve complex, real-world problems.




To facilitate authentic learning through integrative, hands-on, self-selective projects related to real-world challenges.


What is WHEA?


  • Hawaii’s first start-up charter high school, and first start-up charter to officially open (August 14, 2000).

  • First Hawaii start-up charter to gain full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC, 2002)

  • A public charter that consistently ranks among Hawaii’s highest-performing public secondary schools on the Hawai`i State Assessment (NCLB)

  • An innovative curriculum that has gained national recognition from the George Lucas Educational Foundation (2001 and 2007), Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction (2005), and Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools (2005):


Most recently, WHEA received Accreditation with Commendation in 2017, was reaccredited for a six year term, the longest period attainable through WASC. Visit the accreditation website here.


WHEAPCS is a nationally recognized laboratory school serving as a “magnet” for science-focused, outdoor, hands-on education. It features large-scale, long-term, projects that meet or exceed performance demands of traditional “standards based” education. The program works best for students seeking to challenge themselves in a self-directed, science-focused learning environment. The curriculum is writing intensive and college preparatory, but “Can-Do” attitude almost always outshines innate ability. While WHEA’s pedagogy has been developed in the context of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, it is actually designed to be transferable to nearly all academic subjects.


If you’re an educator, Aloha Kai Eco Education tours can accommodate up to 80 of your students, plus chaperones. Our high school docents offer marine science and engineering mini-lessons based on their ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects. Aloha Kai Eco Education serves nearly 2,000 visiting students, parents, and teachers every year. WHEA was selected by Blue Ribbon Schools to present Aloha Kai as a “2005 Best Practice” at a conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in December of 2005.