Connections Public Charter School


Grades: K-12

Geographic Area Served: Hawaii
School Code: #396
Type of Charter: Start-up

Enrollment Count: 363

These figures represent each school’s August official enrollment count, which include all grades served from kindergarten through grade 12, but do not include preschool. Note: These counts are different from the October 15 enrollment counts, which are used to determine charter schools’ per-pupil allocations.


Our mission is to create an ‘ohana which is conducive to the recognition and development of individual talents. Thematic and experiential learning experiences are provided which focus on how students construct knowledge using creative and critical thinking. A forum for the development of the ability to recognize and differentiate a quality result or product is offered. Classroom experiences are connected to real life experiences so that students can grow in the understanding of themselves in relation to their community and the world.


To establish and sustain a community, business, and learning ‘ohana (family). Within this framework, inquiry and project-based curricula will stress independent thinking, development of the individual’s mind and talents, cooperative learning, sense of self within the neighborhood and the world-wide community with particular attention to the precious and unique environment of Hawaii, both as an island ecology and a place where ethnic diversity is the norm.

Contact Information

Director: John Thatcher

Governing Board President: Shinji Salmoiraghi

Mailing Address: ​

Connections Public Charter School

174 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720






Current State Public Charter School Contract: 2017-2022

Past State Public Charter School Contract: 2013-20142014-2017

Academic Performance

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​State Public Charter School Commission


1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100

Honolulu, HI 96813

Tel: 808-586-3775

Fax: 808-586-3776

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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