Welcome to St. Anthony School

Welcome Letter from Administration

Dear Parents, 

We are happy to welcome you to our church and school family!  For over 70 years, St. Anthony School has been an integral part of our parish’s mission and ministry.  

By providing a strong academic program, we provide our students the skills needed to engage with an ever-changing world and we instill the desire to become lifelong learners.  By providing a spiritual foundation, we offer them a moral compass to help them make good choices, tools to discern God’s will for their lives, and an opportunity to encounter Christ and experience for themselves his love and grace.

It is our privilege to minister to your family and we invite you to be part of our life together as a one community of faith in Kailua! 

Be assured of my prayers and best wishes.  

Sincerely in the Lord, 

Rev. William J. Kunisch II


“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

Aloha and Welcome,

Established in 1952, St. Anthony Parish School opened its doors to its first Kindergarten class and became the first private elementary school on the Windward side of O’ahu. Over the years, the school has grown to include classes in Preschool through Eighth Grade, allowing siblings to attend school together. Technology has evolved from audio-visual equipment to a wireless campus with Apple computers,  media devices and iPads.

Education moved towards greater student engagement and the adoption of what we call the 5 Cs:  Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Catholicity. While embracing these methods, St. Anthony students also receive a traditional Catholic education.  We’ve also implemented the Safe and Caring Schools program to develop the emotional and social well-being of our students, boost morale, promote unity, and serve others. We are dedicated to helping children become lifelong learners and develop a personal relationship with God; to be examples of Christ through faith, inclusion, and service.

Located in central Kailua, steps away from beautiful Kailua Beach, and two miles from the Marine Corps Base, the school has a diverse student body, composed of students from all across the island, as well as military families.  Saint Anthony School has a close relationship with the military community, having been adopted by the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. We also value our “legacy families”, who have attended our school over several generations. Our diverse teaching staff is also composed of locals, alumni, military retirees and dependents, and those who have chosen Hawaii as their home.  We believe that our community and our faith make for a perfect learning environment that challenges and prepares our students academically and spiritually, and enriches them culturally.

Our school emphasizes spiritual and moral formation through our Catholic education.  Attending Mass, participation in formal daily Religion class, and other faith formation experiences, along with reflection, sacramental preparation when appropriate, and service to the community is emphasized in our curriculum.  Modeling a way of life centered around God and service to each other is one aspect that helps St. Anthony School to be a close, small community experience fo rthe students.

It is our hope that your child will join the thousands of students who’ve attended St. Anthony School, and become one our “Warriors”!

May God Bless You,

Mrs. Bridget Olsen
St. Anthony School Head of School