Special-Needs Schools & Programs In Hawaii

If you have a child with with special needs, there are some schools and educational programs in Hawaii that you should know about for children with disabilities, emotional/behavioral problems, and specific learning needs. Some of these schools and programs are run by private organizations and charge tuition. Others are funded through various state and nonprofit agencies, and  require a referral to attend. If you think your child could benefit from

Homeschooling In Hawaii

Parents in Hawaii choose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons: religious beliefs, dissatisfaction with the quality of public education, having a child with special learning needs, etc. And homeschooling seems to produce good results: According to the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschooled students score 15-30 percentile points higher than public-school students on standardized tests. According to Honolulu Magazine’s 2009 article “Meet the Homeschoolers,” there are around

Colleges, Universities & Vocational Schools In Hawaii

When it comes to post-secondary education in Hawaii, there are surprisingly many options for a relatively small U.S. state. Public post-secondary schools include the Hawaii Department of Education adult community schools and the state’s expansive University of Hawaii system. There are also several private colleges and universities to choose from, as well as vocational schools for those students who want to work in certain trades. To meet representatives from many

Learn English In Hawaii

Hawaii (and in particular, Honolulu) is teeming with English-language instruction schools. Many (but not all) cater to foreign nationals who want to live in Hawaii on an F-1 student visa, and thus offer programs that meet federal visa requirements. (If you’re seeking a student visa, make sure the school you choose is SEVIS-approved and the program includes at least 18 hours of instruction per week.) But not all students who

Getting a Hawaii Drivers License Or State ID

If you have an unexpired drivers license from another U.S. state, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands: You may continue to use that license to drive in Hawaii, as long as you are at least 18 years old. If you are under age 18, you must apply for a Hawaii license as a new applicant. If you have a drivers license

Hawaii Rental Home Listings: My Top 5 Sites

So you’ve figured out the maximum rent you can afford in Hawaii, and you’ve identified which towns or neighborhoods you’re most interested in moving to. At last, you’re ready to tackle those rental listings to find your new home in Hawaii. Even if you’re not quite ready to move just yet, you should start a habit of checking listings at least once a week. Browsing listings regularly will give you

8 Things Hawaii Landlords Might Not Tell You

When you’re looking for a rental home in Hawaii, you’ll probably have lots of questions for landlords when you inquire about their available properties: What’s the square footage? How many bathrooms? Does it have air-conditioning? Do you allow pets? Are utilities included? Is there a yard? These are all great questions, and I encourage you to take an active role in gleaning information from prospective landlords. There are a few

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 1: Prohibited Animals

Hawaii is a rabies-free state and wants to remain that way. If you’re moving to Hawaii with pets, this means you’re going to have to take several steps to prepare them for entrance into the state. If you arrive in Hawaii without the necessary documentation proving your pets don’t have rabies, they will be quarantined for up to four months, at your expense. Harsh? Yes. But if you carefully read

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 2: Vaccinations

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Rabies Vaccinations For Dogs & Cats For the rest of this series on “Bringing Pets To Hawaii,” I am going to assume your pets are dogs or cats, as that is the case for most people moving to Hawaii with animals. If your pet is another kind of animal, please refer to these requirements on the Department of Agriculture’s website: Birds and poultry Turtles

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 3: Microchip

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip NOTE: If your dog or cat will be coming to Hawaii from Guam, Australia, New Zealand, or the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Jersey, and Bailiwick of Guernsey), you can skip this step completely. (Here is a complete list of other requirements for cats and dogs coming from those countries.

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 4: Blood Test

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip Step 4: OIE-FAVN Blood Test NOTE: If your dog or cat will be coming to Hawaii from Guam, Australia, New Zealand, or the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Jersey, and Bailiwick of Guernsey), you can skip this step completely. (Here is a complete list of other requirements for cats and

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 5: Flight Booking

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip Step 4: Blood Test Step 5: Flight Booking Unless your pet is a guide dog or service dog, it will probably have to travel to Hawaii in the baggage compartment or cargo hold of an airplane. I have yet to find a commercial airline that allows pets to fly in the passenger cabin on flights to Hawaii. Alaska Airlines is

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 6: Kennel

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip Step 4: Blood Test Step 5: Flight Booking Step 6: Kennel Once you’ve booked your pet’s flight(s) to Hawaii and know which airline(s) you’ll be using, visit the airline’s website and read their rules regarding pet kennels (the “crate” or “carrier” that your pet will be secured inside of during its flight). If your journey will consist of more than

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 7: Import Form

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip Step 4: Blood Test Step 5: Flight Booking Step 6: Kennel Step 7: Import Form NOTE: If your dog or cat will be coming to Hawaii from Guam, Australia, New Zealand, or the British Isles, you can skip this step completely. (Here is a complete list of other requirements for cats and dogs coming from those countries. If your pet

Bringing Pets To Hawaii, Step 8: Health Certificate

Step 1: Prohibited Animals Step 2: Vaccinations Step 3: Microchip Step 4: Blood Test Step 5: Flight Booking Step 6: Kennel Step 7: Import Form Step 8: Health Certificate Pets From Guam, Australia, New Zealand, or the British Isles If your dog or cat will be coming to Hawaii from Guam, Australia, New Zealand, or the British Isles, it will need a health certificate issued within 14 days of your