Keiki Steps to Kindergarten | INPEACE | INPEACE

Let Keiki Steps to Kindergarten start your child off right.

Impact Statement

Since 2004, Keiki Steps to Kindergarten (KSTK) has better prepared and successfully transitioned over 6,600 keiki and families to kindergartens at schools across the state. In 2017, we had 399 students at twenty-eight schools in thirty classrooms successfully participated in our KSTK locations across the state.

About the Program

Keiki Steps to Kindergarten (KSTK) is a FREE summer transition program that prepares keiki who have little to no preschool experience for Kindergarten.  Keiki participate in a two-week (4½ hours daily), or three-week (3 hours daily) program located on DOE Elementary school campuses.  KSTK allows keiki time to make new friends, be socially and academically oriented to the school environment, learn school and classroom routines and helps them be more comfortable in a BIG school environment.

KSTK also provides family engagement workshops for parents.  These workshops provide parents with information on how to support their child’s academic success in language arts and math, as well as their child’s transition into the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) system. KSTK operates at various HIDOE schools statewide, on the islands of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Maui.



Who Are The Funders?

Kamehameha Schools is currently funding this program.



In 2017, 399 students at 28 schools in 30 classrooms successfully participated at our KSTK locations across the state.

marker 2017 Locations  green-marker  New Location Added in 2018

2017-18 Locations:


Blanche Pope Elementary School
41-133 Huli St
Waimānalo HI 96795

Hauʻula Elementary School
54-046 Kamehameha Hwy
Hauʻula, HI 96717

Hoʻokele Elementary
511 Kunehi St
Kapolei, HI 96707

Kaʻaʻawa Elementary School
51-296 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaʻaʻawa, HI 96730

Kahalaʻu Elementary
47-280 Waiheʻe Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Kahuku Elementary School
56-170 Pualalea St
Kahuku, HI 96731

Kamaile Academy, PCS
85-180 Ala Akau St
Waianae, HI 96792

Kāneʻohe Elementary School
45-495 Kamehameha Hwy
Kāneʻohe, HI 96744

Kaunakakai Elementary School
30 Ailoa St.
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u Iki, LPCS – ‘Alo Kehau
64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743

Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u Iki, LPCS – Mā’ilikūkahi
89-135 Farrington Hwy, Bldg C-40
Waianae, HI 96792

Keonepoko Elementary School
15-890 Kahakai Blvd.
Pahoa, HI 96778

Lāʻie Elementary School
55-109 Kulanui St
Lāʻie, HI 96762

Makaha Elementary School
84-200 Ala Na’auao Place
Waianae, HI 96792

Nānākuli Elementary School (HLIP)
89-778 Haleakalā Avenue
Wai’anae, HI 96792

Pālolo Elementary – NEW IN 2018!
2106 10th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

Pū’ōhala Elementary School
45-233 Kulauli St.
Kane’ohe, HI 96744

Waimanālo Elementary School
41-1330 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795


Eleʻele Elementary School
4750 Uliuli Rd
Eleʻele, HI 96705

Kapaʻa Elementary
4886 Kawaihau Rd
Kapaʻa, HI 96746

Kōloa Elementary School
3223 Poʻipū Rd
Kōloa, HI 96756


Kaunakakai Elementary School
30 Ailoa Street
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Kualapuʻu Elementary School
260 Farrington Ave
Kualapu‘u, HI 96757


Hāna Elementary School
4111 Hana Hwy
Hana, HI 96713


Chiefess Kapiʻolani Elementary
966 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720

Keaukaha Elementary
240 Desha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720

Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u Iki, LPCS – ‘Alo Kehau
64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743

Nāwahīokalaniōpū’u, PCS
16-120 ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia St
Kea‘au, HI 96749
Ste 2

Pa‘auilo Elementary School
43-1497 Hauola Rd
Paauilo, HI 96776

Pāhoa Elementary School
15-3030 Kuuhome St
Pāhoa, HI 96778

Prince Jonah Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate School
27-330 Old Mamalahoa Hwy
Papaikou, HI 96781

Waiākeawaena Elementary School
2420 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720


How Do I Enroll?

To ensure a smooth registration process, INPEACE has developed a kindergarten checklist:

  1. Contact your neighborhood school or district office to learn which school your child will be attending.
  2. Schedule a physical examination and an appointment for the required immunizations. Complete form 14.
  3. Pick up a registration packet from your elementary school office as early as February 1.
  4. Bring the following documents to your elementary school office:
    1. Kindergarten registration form
    2. Child’s birth certificate
    3. Document showing proof of address
    4. Form 14, or immunization form

Registering your child early for kindergarten requires preparation. Plan to register your child for school for the first time knowing that you have done everything you can to facilitate a stress-free procedure.

Get tips on how parents can help


Success Stories

“One student was having a very
rough time coming to class each day.

It took the entire first week and a couple of extra days for him to make the transition. By the eighth or ninth day, he started to come in easily and was ready to go. When praised for being so brave to come to school, he just smiled.”

–Summer Lefau
Lā’ie Elementary

“We had a girl who didn’t have
any preschool experience…

but had an answer for everything when given direction. During the duration of her attendance, she learned how to sit properly and follow instructions. She also learned how to write her name.”

Wendi Kimura
Keaukaha Elementary