Lanakila Baptist High School

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158°02'17"W
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Description

Lanakila Baptist School is a college-preparatory K-12 private school located in Honolulu County, Hawaii. It serves grades sixth through twelve and has a current enrollment of about 70 students. The student population is ethnically diverse and includes Filipinos, Caucasians, part-Hawaiians, Japanese, Hispanics, Indo-Chinese, Chinese, Samoans, and African-Americans. It is an educational ministry of and subservient to Lanakila Baptist Church of Waipahu. Its administrative office and elementary school building is in Waipahu while its middle and high school campus is in Ewa Villages CDP (with an Ewa postal address), 16 miles (26 km) away from downtown Honolulu.

History

In 1967, under the leadership of Rev. Robert K. Knutson, Lanakila Baptist Church assumed non-profit corporation status with a board of trustees. The church began its ministry by starting a preschool on the Waipahu campus in August 1969. This ministry was discontinued after one year in favor of beginning a K-12 academic ministry. From 1970–1975, Lanakila Baptist School was "grown" into a full Primary and Secondary school, graduating its first Senior class of four in June 1975. Since that time, Lanakila has graduated hundreds of students who have gone on to military service, colleges, technical schools, and a variety of other careers. In order to accommodate continued growth of the Christian school, in the spring of 1979, Lanakila entered into a long-term lease agreement with Campbell Estate for property located at 91-1219 Renton Road in 'Ewa. This lease has subsequently changed lessor hands from Campbell Estate to the City and County of Honolulu, but remains in effect until July 2047. In the fall of 1979, the junior and senior high school division finally had its own campus and opened its doors in 'Ewa Beach. The school belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International and is a Licensed Member of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

Campus

The school is a historical site, housed in the offices of the old 'Ewa sugarcane plantation.

Academics

High school students have the choice of college preparatory and general education curricula. Most of the curriculum is provided by A Beka Book, with the exception of math, which is provided by Saxon math. The course schedule consists of six main periods for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; each being about 53 minutes long. In 2015, the school began integrating technology by using G Suite, then called Google Apps for Education. In 2016, LBHS further integrating by technology by introducing ebooks as a better alternative to hardback books—with the exception of books that require writing, like English and foreign language books. The school also introduced Chromebooks to be a crucial part of the classroom—in note-taking, with ebooks, writing compositions, and to use G Suite.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 26 high school credits is required for Graduation. 1 credit is equivalent to one year or two semesters. Half-credits are given for Wednesday electives and semester courses.

Wednesday Electives

On Wednesday, the school offers two periods for electives and a study hall. Each elective is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Art 1A - Appreciation Art 1B - Techniques Choir Film Appreciation Intro Keyboarding (Typing) Journalism Judo Ministries Praise Band Publications (Yearbook) SAT Prep Speech Strings/Violin

Publications

There are two publications from Lanakila Baptist High School provided by both the Journalism & Publications classes: Ka Nū Hou Maikaʻi The school newsletter, which means The Good News Published quarterly Kalama The school Yearbook, which means The Torch Published annually

Extracurricular activities

Clubs & Organizations

National Honor Society (NHS) & National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)- Kalama Chapter Minimum GPA of 3.5 National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Both School & Class Councils Runs "The Oasis," a food & drink store in the school

Traditional Events

Carnival Food Drive Homecoming Shirota Golf Tournament Dedicated to John Shirota, who served as a principal for LBHS from 1991–2001. Spirit Week Spiritual Emphasis Week (bi-annual) Spring Banquet

Athletics

Lanakila Baptist School belongs to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The Warriors compete in Interscholastic League of Honolulu competition. These sports include: Basketball Cross Country Track and Field VolleyballLanakila Baptist athletes also compete in the league's Pac-Five team. These sports include: Baseball Cheerleading Football Judo Paddling Soccer Softball Water Polo WrestlingThe school also has their own Cheerleading team, which participates in Basketball games.

Distinctions

In 2016, Ka Nū Hou Maikaʻi won 2nd Place in the Private School division for Best Comic Strip.
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