School Address
795 Onehe`e Ave
Kahului, HI 96732
Tel: (808) 727-4200
Fax: (808) 873-3066

Office Hours
7:00am - 4:30pm

Brief History

In September 1989, Maui Waena Intermediate School (MWIS) opened with 250 seventh and eighth graders from Kahului School with the grade level staff of that school. The next year, Lihikai School added 250 seventh and eighth graders to MWIS bringing the enrollment to five hundred. In 1993, the enrollment jumped to 850 because sixth graders from Lihikai School and Kahului School were included in the enrollment. The current enrollment is 1,085 students. Kahului School, Lihikai School, and Pomaikai Elementary School are the primary feeder schools and MWIS feeds into Maui High School and Baldwin High School. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited MWIS in 1995 and 2001 for terms of six years with midterm reviews in April of1998 and 2004.

Maui Waena Intermediate School is located in a residential area of Kahului in central Maui. The community of Kahului was originally planned to provide residences for families of plantation workers. It has since grown and developed to include families of various occupations and socioeconomic standings. Kahului includes low-income, moderate income, and middle income families. MWIS meets Title I requirements with 36.17% of students receiving free/reduced lunches. Our feeder schools, Kahului School, Pomaikai School and Lihikai School, qualify for Title I funding as well.

Since the last self-study in 2001, MWIS has had two new principals and eight administrators (one principal and two vice principals) and two curriculum coordinators. A testing coordinator, two high-risk counselors, an additional English Language Learner (ELL) teacher, and technology coordinator has also been added to our staff. Also implemented since the last self-study are the School Community Council (SCC), Content Mastery Center (CMC), Positive Behavior System (PBS), and the Renaissance Program. Of the teaching staff, 54% have been at MWIS for five or more years and the average number of yeas of teaching experience is 9.5 years. Each year, one to two teachers retire and two to three either transfer or are bumped out by tenured teachers from other schools. Currently, the percentage of teachers meeting NCLB requirements is 87%. Maui Waena also has eight paraprofessionals who meet the requirements of NCLB.


Maui Waena Intermediate School is a community of diverse learners whose members are effective and reflective decision makers. Our instruction is based on Hawaii Common Core Standards and Benchmarks that students can successfully achieve. We provide support for all students as they develop into 21st century learners who are college and career ready.


We strive to develop committed, technologically competent, responsible, and respectful citizens who are empowered to soar to excellence!