Lanakila Baptist High School

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Lanakila Baptist Jr. & Sr. High School
Lanakila Baptist Schools logo.png
"Pursuing Christ and Academic Excellence"
91-1219 Renton Road


United States
Coordinates 21°20′39″N 158°02′17″W / 21.344167°N 158.038056°W / 21.344167; -158.038056Coordinates: 21°20′39″N 158°02′17″W / 21.344167°N 158.038056°W / 21.344167; -158.038056
Type Private, College-prep
Motto "We are more than conquerors"
Denomination Baptist
Established 1969 [1]
Oversight Lanakila Baptist Schools
President Pastor Jose Esquibel
Principal Michelle Hecker
Teaching staff 8 (as of 2016-2017)
Grades 7-12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 70 (as of 2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 8.75
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and White          
Athletics conference Interscholastic League of Honolulu
Mascot Warrior
Accreditation Association of Christian Schools International
Newspaper Ka Nū Hou Maikaʻi
Yearbook Kalama

Lanakila Baptist School, a ministry of Lanakila Baptist Church in Waipahu, Hawaii, is a college-preparatory private school located at 91-1219 Renton Road in 'Ewa Beach, Hawaii, 16 miles away from downtown Honolulu. It serves grades seven 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.

Lanakila Baptist High School, being a division of Lanakila Baptist Schools, is an educational ministry of and subservient to Lanakila Baptist Church of Waipahu.


Oblique view of historic plantation building.

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.[2] The current Board of Trustees is chaired by Randy J. Pauley.


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


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.[3]

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.

Intermediate Graduation Requirements
Courses 7th Grade 8th Grade
Bible 1 1
English 1 1
Social Science 1 1
Mathematics 1 1
Science 1 1
Physical Education 1 1
Wed. Electives 1 1
High School Graduation Requirements
Courses 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Bible 1 1 1 1
English 1 1 1 1
Social Science 1 1 1 1
Mathematics 1 1 1 X
Science 1 1 1 X
Physical Education 1 X X X
Foreign Language[a] X 1 1 X
Health/Guidance X X X 1
Academic Electives[b] X X X 2
Wed. Electives 1 1 1 1
  1. ^ French I & II are the current foreign language courses available.
  2. ^ Academic Electives are optional, except for students enrolled in the College-preparatory curriculum. They include: Adv. Math, Calculus, Physics, and Sports Condition.

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
  • Kenpo Karate
  • Ministries
  • Praise Band
  • Publications (Yearbook)
  • SAT Prep
  • Speech
  • Strings/Violin


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


On Wednesday mornings, time is taken out of the schedule for Chapel. Rev. Denham, the school principal, usually gives the sermon. Guest speakers have included various pastors, including the school president Dr. Wygle.

Extracurricular activities

Clubs & Organizations

Traditional Events

  • Carnival
  • Food Drive
  • Homecoming
  • Senior Auction
  • 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


Lanakila Baptist School belongs to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.[4] The Warriors compete in Interscholastic League of Honolulu competition. These sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Lanakila Baptist athletes also compete in the league's Pac-Five team.[5] These sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Judo
  • Paddling
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

The school also has their own Cheerleading team, which participates in Basketball games.


  • In 2016, Ka Nū Hou Maikaʻi won 2nd Place in the Private School division for Best Comic Strip.[6]


  1. ^ "Lanakila Baptist: Hawaii's Cool Schools". KHNL. 2009-03-24.
  2. ^ "Hawaii Association of Independent Schools". Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.
  3. ^ "Curriculum". Lanakila Baptist Schools. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ "About ILH". Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ Abramo, Nick (2004-07-23). "Wolfpack giving back". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Academy of the Pacific, Lanakila Baptist, Redemption, Hanalani and Assets are among the others the program has drawn from.
  6. ^ Lasquero, Michael (2016-04-21). "Hawaii Baptist students win journalism title". Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

External links

  • Lanakila Baptist School building photo on Flickr
  • Ka Nū Hou Maikaʻi publications on issuu
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