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Boarding Admission

Boarding Admission

At ‘Iolani School, you are known

Large in terms of opportunities, ‘Iolani prides itself on being small as a community. Our school is a true global community where young people find their passions and are supported by faculty who empower them to strive for personal excellence in all that they pursue.

Grant Yoshida (Lihue, Kauai)

Class of 2023

"The ‘Iolani community is very welcoming. The teachers and counselors will help you no matter what. The people here truly believe in the 'One Team' spirit."

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Established in 1863, ‘Iolani School is recognized as one of the top college preparatory schools in the United States.

Built on the spirit of aloha and our One Team philosophy, ‘Iolani has nearly 160 years of history embracing students from around the world.

Through dynamic and personalized instruction in a multitude of disciplines, ‘Iolani develops liberally educated, well-rounded individuals who are well prepared for college and ready to assume their responsibilities as active, moral citizens.

A forward-looking education means every student who experiences ‘Iolani steps out into the world, ready to succeed.

School profile in Newsweek's "Private Schools of Distinction."






‘Iolani is a global close-knit community.

Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, ‘Iolani School has a K-12 student body of more than 2,100 students.

“At ‘Iolani you are known,” is one of our core values and defines faculty and student life.

Lifelong friendships are a hallmark of the ‘Iolani experience. ‘Iolani alumni are a global network of graduates who are dedicated to each other and to our school.

Academic excellence and personal growth flourish in an atmosphere that is challenging and competitive, yet caring and nurturing.

(Alamo, Calif.)

Class of 2025

“Since arriving in Honolulu as a 14-year-old, I have grown into an independent person, a lifelong learner and an active member of our community. ‘Iolani has given me so much.”

(Busan, South Korea)

Class of 2024

“The experiences that ‘Iolani provides have truly developed me, and in just a year, which is why I am even more excited to spend my next two years at this wonderful school.”

(Rivne, Ukraine)

Class of 2025

“The life of a boarding student requires a lot of responsibility, but I have never had so much fun. It feels like having a sleepover with your best friends every day!”

(New Delhi, India)

Class of 2022

“Life as a boarding student at ‘Iolani is a never ending adventure. The bond that we create with each other is unbreakable. We truly are one big family.”

(Kamuela, Hawai‘i)

Mother of Rylee '26

“Academics was the first reason why we looked at ‘Iolani School. However, the deciding factors were the close-knit community and 'One Team' values. We are so blessed.”

(Nevada City, Calif.)

Class of 2023

“I have the opportunity to grow closer to people from around the world. Because of this diverse environment at ‘Iolani School, I definitely learn something new every day.”

(Shanghai, China)

Class of 2022

“‘Iolani provides me with such a unique studying experience, different from any other school in the world. It's really fun to learn about Hawaiian culture.”

Plan Your Visit

‘Iolani School is located halfway between Asia and North America.

A world-recognized college preparatory school, ‘Iolani is in Honolulu, Hawai’i, one of the safest and most beautiful cities in the world. Boarding students and their families benefit from direct flights from many Asian and North American cities.

San Francisco, Calif.

  • SFO
  • HNL

A flight from San Francisco, Calif., to Honolulu is 5 hours, 40 minutes.

Bejing, China

  • PEK
  • HNL

A flight from Beijing, China, to Honolulu is 11 hours, 55 minutes.

Chicago, Ill.

  • ORD
  • HNL

A flight from Chicago, Ill., to Honolulu is 9 hours, 26 minutes.

New York, N.Y.

  • JFK
  • HNL

A flight from New York, N.Y., to Honolulu is 11 hours, 25 minutes.

Mexico City, Mexico

  • MEX
  • HNL

A flight from Mexico City, Mexico, to Honolulu is 11 hours, 45 minutes.

Tokyo, Japan

  • NRT
  • HNL

A flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Honolulu is 6 hours, 40 minutes.

Paris, France

  • GDG
  • HNL

A flight from Paris, France, to Honolulu is 18 hours, 52 minutes.

Kyiv, Ukraine

  • KBP
  • HNL

A flight from Kyiv, Ukraine, to Honolulu is 24 hours, 22 minutes.

‘Iolani School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability in areas of admission, financial aid, athletics or other school administered programs.