Register For Kindergarten Now

Parents are being urged to register their keiki for kindergarten or pre-kindergarten now for the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 5.

Children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 are invited to enroll in grade K, while those who turn 5 by Dec. 31 can enter junior-K. (Neither class is mandatory in Hawaii.)

Some schools have completed their open registration period; others conduct parent orientations. Kanoelani Elementary in Waipio, for example, hosts a kindergarten orientation and tour for all incoming grade K students from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 6 (675-0195).

Central Oahu families should contact their neighborhood school for specific information, or call the Central District office at 627-7478 for assistance. For details on health requirements, registration documents and junior kindergarten, visit

The 2012-2013 school year ends May 24.