On the corner of Kilauea Avenue and 18th Avenue lies Kaimuki Middle School. More than 60 teachers provide approximately 980 students with a quality public education. Kaimuki Middle School's school colors are navy blue & white, and its nickname is the Voyagers.
Established in 1939, KMS began as Kaimuki Intermediate School, teaching students in grades 7, 8, and 9. The KMS campus was actually the site of Kaimuki High School until 1949, when the current Kaimuki High School was established. In 1997, we became a middle school, and officially changed the name from Kaimuki Intermediate to Kaimuki Middle School, serving students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Before enrolling at KMS, the majority of our students attend Kahala, Liholiho, Waialae, Waikiki, or Wilson Elementary. Several families apply annually for a geographic exemption ("GE") to allow their out-of-district youngster to attend KMS.
After attending Kaimuki Middle, students continue on to one of two area high schools, Kalani or Kaimuki High, or enroll in private schools.
KMS has been recognized as a notable school, receiving:
- National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1998
- Top 100 School ranking by the National Association for Secondary Schools in the year 2000
- Hawai`i Distinguished School Awards in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
- "Best of the Best" Middle School by The Honolulu Advertiser in 2006
- State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2008
- National Blue Ribbon Finalist in 2009
- Various band, orchestra, math, athletic, technology, robotics, academic, and service honors.
KMS has strong leadership with a clear vision for our success. Our Principal, Mr. Frank Fernandes, was honored as the NASSP Hawaii Middle School Principal of the Year in the year 2000 and 2012. Also, our own Celia Main-Anakalea was honored as the NASSP Hawaii Middle School Vice Principal of the year in 2013.
We have been accredited through the year 2019, by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).