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Homeschooling in Hawaii

by Mary Ann Kelley

Hawaii Homeschool Information

Homeschooling is a great choice for families in Hawaii! Find out how to homeschool, what the homeschool requirements are for Hawaii residents, connect with local homeschoolers, find nearby classes and co-ops, discover field trip destinations, and much more.

Quicklinks for Homeschooling in Hawaii

Homeschooling is regulated at the state level and changes may be made to the relevant statutes at any time. Always consult the actual state code (which is usually online at your state's official website) for the most up to date and accurate legal information with regard to homeschooling. Also keep in mind that interpretations of the code—whether provided by school districts or homeschool groups—can be helpful, but may or may not be an accurate reflection of the law. Always combine interpretations with your own reading of the statute itself.

TheHomeSchoolMom - The Show Me letter politely asks school officials to show where the law says the request for information is legally permissableA quick note about sticking to what the law requires.
The "Show Me" Letter - Many an uninformed (or informed but overzealous) school administration official has asked local homeschoolers for more documentation than the state homeschool law requires. In The "Show Me" Letter, Shay Seaborne relates her experience with an overzealous official and how knowing the law and being polite but firm is often all it takes to educate local officials. A "must read" for new homeschoolers!

Although we try to keep our links up to date, state laws change regularly. The information at the links provided below contain information that may or may not be current.

Hawaii DOE website for homeschoolers

Hawai’i Regulations – Hawaii Homeschool Organization

State of Hawaii Department of Education – Chapter 12, Compulsory Attendance Exceptions

12-2: §8-12-16 Notification of termination of home schooling§8-12-17 Educational neglect§8-12-18 Testing and progress reports of home-schooled children§8-12-19 Inst...

Form 4140 “Exceptions to Compulsory Education

Parents need to submit a notice of intent to home school your child to the local public school principal. This may be done via a Form 4140 "Exceptions to Compulsory Education".

Homeschooling in Hawaii

Overview of Hawaii legal requirements for homeschooling from Hawai'i Homeschool Association

Hawaii Resource Pages & Places

Lava Mama HomeschoolingBig Island- East Hawaii

The Lava Mama Homeschooling blog is a resource aimed at helping others to start and navigate their homeschooling journey in Hawai'i. Specifically on the Big Island. There are helpful reviews, links...

Hawaii Homeschooling InformationHawaii Statewide

Helpful Information, Links & Tips for Homeschoolers in Hawaii

Time4Learning Parent Discussion Forum – HawaiiHawaii Statewide

Discussions and Resources for Hawaii Homeschoolers

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