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Hawaii Department of Education

Curriculum and Instruction Branch 

475 22nd Avenue, Room 115 

Honolulu, Hawaii  96816 

Phone:  808-203-5560 

Fax:  808-733-4475 

The Hawaii Department of Education is the 9th largest school district in the country and was established more than 160 years ago.  It is the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi River.  There are a total of 288 schools in the district which include:  256 regular, 2 special, 30 charter and 11 adult education schools on seven islands.  

Special Education Information 

Special Education is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of students who require individualized education programs.  Services could include the following:  speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, etc… The services can be given in a number of settings, which is based on the student’s needs. 

Operation Search:  Is a program designed by the Hawaii Department of Education to identify children who may need services but who are not receiving them yet.  Any child who lives in Hawaii and are between 3 and 20 years of age, may receive services if found eligible.  

Infants and toddlers between the ages of birth and two years of age should contact the Hawaii Keiki Information Service System (H-KISS) at (808) 594-0066. 

For those over the age of 20, please contact the Hawaii State Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind at (808) 586-5268.  You can also contact the Hawaii State Department of Health, Case Management and Information Services Branch at (808) 733-9172. 

If parents disagree with their child’s IEP, placement or FAPE you can contact the following offices: 

  • Statewide 733-4400
  • Oahu
    • Honolulu  733-4977
    • Central  622-6425, -6432
    • Leeward  675-0335, -0384
    • Windward  233-5710, -5717 
  • Hawaii
    • East HI  974-4535
    • North HI  775-8895
    • South HI  982-4252
    • West HI  323-0015
  • Maui      873-3520
  • Molokai  553-1723
  • Lanai  565-7900
  • Kauai  274-3504 

Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) 

SPIN is a parent organization that provides information, support and referral to parents and young adults with disabilities to professionals who can help them.  They try to help parents who have children with disabilities by keeping them informed with the latest information.  They are sponsored by the Disability and Communication Access Board and the Department of Education.  

Special Parent Information Network

919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 101

Honolulu, Hawaii  96814

(808) 586-8126

If you are calling from a Neighbor Island, you can contact them by calling your island number followed by their extension number:

  • Kauai  274-3141 ext. 6-8126
  • Hawaii  974-4000 ext. 6-8126
  • Maui  984-2400 ext. 6-8126
  • Molokai and Lanai  1-800-468-4644 ext. 6-8126
  • (808) 586-8129   fax
  • Email SPIN

Hawaii Department of Education Special Education Procedural Safeguards

A Parents Guide to Partnership in Special Education for Hawaii

Equal Educational Opportunities for Children who are Disabled for Hawaii

Link to the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind

Learn about Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

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