School History

Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki is a private, elementary school that has provided Christian education in Hawaii since 1895. 


Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki traces its roots to 1885. The immediate presence of Adventists in elementary schools appeared in 1885 when the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference sent H. H. brand to establish classes for Chinese boys in concert with Honolulu's Chinese merchants. The school was housed in buildings supplied by the Hawaiian chief, Nawahi, in what is now downtown Honolulu.


This Palama Chinese School became the Anglo-Chinese Academy in 1899 and existed until insurmountable financial problems closed he educational effort in 1903. By 1905 all Adventist teaching ceased in Hawaii. This situation continued until 1913 when Matilda Tampka launched Bethel Grammar School in Kaimuki. This effort was strengthened in 1916 when Juliette Kaiualoa Lau joined the teaching staff. By 1919 interest by non­Adventists in Bethel Grammar School caused the church to purchase property on Young Street in Makiki. Thus was born the present Hawaiian Mission Academy. 


Today, you'll find Adventist schools in nearly 150 countries. 85,000 teachers, 1.5 million students, 7,500 schools—the Adventist school system is one of the largest Christian educational systems in the world. Which includes 2 elementary schools and 1 preschool on Oahu, 1 elementary school and 1 preschool on Kauai, 3 elementary schools and 1 preschool on Hawaii Island, and 1 elementary school and 1 preschool on Maui.

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