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Saint Louis School
Memor Et Fedelis
Mindful and Faithful
3142 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816-1579
 United States
Coordinates 21°17′24″N 157°48′25″W / 21.290°N 157.807°W / 21.290; -157.807Coordinates: 21°17′24″N 157°48′25″W / 21.290°N 157.807°W / 21.290; -157.807
Type Private, All-Boys
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Established 1846
Oversight Society of Mary
President Walter Kirimitsu
Principal Walter Kirimitsu
Grades 412
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red and Blue         
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation(s) Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Collegian
Yearbook The Crusader
Dean of Students Sione Thompson
Dean of Academics Timothy Los Banos
Admissions Director Sam Kong Kee
Athletic Director

Saint Louis School on 3142 Waiʻalae Avenue, located in the town of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, is a historic Roman Catholic college preparatory school for boys founded in 1846 to serve the needs of early Hawaiʻi Catholics in the former Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is currently affiliated with the Society of Mary, a religious order of brothers and priests called the "Marianists." Its most famous graduates are Saint Damien of Molokai (canonized Oct 2009) and the late Governor of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns, credited with securing statehood and developing the modern State of Hawaiʻi.



Saint Louis School was originally located in Windward Oʻahu as the College of ʻĀhuimanu, founded by the Fathers of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1846. During this time, Saint Damien of Molokai (canonized Oct 2009) completed his training at the school and was ordained[2]. In 1881, it moved to downtown Honolulu, adjacent to Washington Place, the home of Liliʻuokalani, who would become Queen of Hawaiʻi in 1891. Perhaps it was because of the close proximity to Washington Place and the relationship that the school had built with the monarchy, that the school stood alone and refused to close its doors in celebration of annexation day. Not in protest of annexation to the United States but the method in which it was accomplished. This peaceful silent protest was another testament in support of the school's mission to produce, "Gentlemen of Character" by example. When the school moved to downtown Honolulu, the school was called the College of Saint Louis, named after the patron saint of Louis Maigret, Bishop of Honolulu. The emblem for Saint Louis College can still be seen above the door of the administration building of Chaminade University on the Chaminade/Saint Louis campus.

Marianists assumed control of the school and determined a need for the expansion of facilities to meet the needs of the burgeoning Hawaiʻi Catholic population. Because of the Marianist core mission to educate regardless of ethnic, religious, or fiscal means, the Marianists purchased land in Kalaepōhaku, a hillside division of Honolulu's Kaimuki community to allow the school to better serve Hawaiʻi. Kalaepōhaku opened in September 1928 as Saint Louis School where it continues to serve Hawaiʻi Catholic and non-Catholic boys today. In 2008, Saint Louis School still represents the Hawaiʻian people by its longstanding relationship with Kamehameha Schools and by its core student population (38% of the students in 2008 claim Hawaiian heritage).


In 1949, Saint Louis School dropped lower grade levels one at a time and eventually became exclusively a high school serving grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. In 1980, grades 7 and 8 were reinstated. In 1990, grade 6 was reinstated and it joined grades 7 and 8 to become a separate middle school within Saint Louis School. Most recently, grade 5 was reinstated and added to the middle school. Like most institutions of academia, Saint Louis School adopted a formal Mission Statement, Purpose Statement and Philosophy Statement.


The Mission of Saint Louis School is to educate and challenge students of various religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds that they may achieve a quality education and become gentlemen in character, reaching individual potential through the Catholic Marianist tradition of spiritual, academic, physical and emotional maturity.


The outstanding characteristics one finds at Saint Louis School is the excellent quality of education for all of its students, with a varied curriculum designed to fill a wide range of educational and personal needs. Our principal concern is instilling truths and values that are carried over into students' lives that go beyond Saint Louis. We strive to teach and to develop a sense of family, the "Saint Louis Family" - faculty, students, parents, administrators - working together to build an awareness of individual dignity and spiritual worth.


Our curriculum is firmly rooted in the Catholic faith, welcoming and respecting other beliefs. We seek to meet the varied needs, talents and abilities of our students through academic programs of critical thinking and experienced learning designed for general, advanced and college preparatory students.


Saint Louis School is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association[1] (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It offers three distinct curricula that students and parents can choose from.

  • An accelerated college preparatory program for students planning to attend very selective colleges or universities.
  • A college preparatory program.
  • A general program for students planning to attend trade or business schools, two-year community colleges, or enter the military or work force.


Saint Louis School plays competitively in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA). Sometimes it fields members in the Pac-5, an alliance of Honolulu-area private academies.

Lacking professional sports teams in the state has made Hawaiʻi high school teams extremely popular. Several generations of Hawaiʻi residents have become avid fans of Saint Louis School athletics, especially its football team. It has often been hailed by the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers as Hawaiʻi's Team as it has played in prestigious invitational tournaments throughout the world. Whoever assumes the position of head football coach has over the years become a celebrity in the state.

Saint Louis School also fields teams in bowling, cross country, kayaking, tennis, water polo and volleyball in the fall. In winter it competes in canoe paddling, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, riflery, tennis and wrestling. In spring it competes in baseball, golf, judo, tennis and track.

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Notes and references

  1. ^ a b WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ Holy man: Father Damien of Molokai By Gavan Daws p.34


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