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English school in Honolulu: Honolulu English School

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

2155 Kalakaua Ave. - Suite 700 - 96815 Honolulu - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Waikiki beach location
  • Top rated social activities (4.3/5.0)
  • Homestay accommodation very close to school
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Honolulu English School is in Waikiki, 30 minutes by public transport from Honolulu city centre, on the third biggest island in Hawaii. The school is a short walk to Waikiki beach and the area is spilling over with shops, restaurants and bars. There are good transport connections to local attractions including Diamond Head, the dormant volcano, and the Hanauma Beach.

The word “aloha” is a greeting term in Hawaii, but the spirit behind it is far more than a simple word. The term transmits a mutual respect and extends a warmth and sincerity between the two people and this is very much present in the ambiance at Honolulu English School. There is a strong emphasis on English only and the school is proud to say that for the majority of the adult courses there is less than 50% mix of the same nationality. Honolulu English School nests in a tall modern building with its bright classrooms overlooking the ocean and mountain. Other facilities available are a large lounge, computer area, high speed Wi-Fi throughout and a drinks counter.

There is a wide variety of daily activities organised at the school for students to mix with their peers and practise English in a safe environment. There is a broad variety and intensity of courses available, and it is possible to specify in areas such as business, conversation, Cambridge Exams, TOEFL Exam and TOEIC exam. There are day programmes designed for junior students and divided into two age categories; Teen STEP for those aged 13 to 16 years and kids STEP for 6 to 12 year olds. These programmes include daily group trips, activities, course material and lunch. At Honolulu English School you can combine a Junior Programme or an IEP programme with weekly lessons in a popular Hawaiian activity including surfing, hula, playing the Ukulele or stand up paddle.
  • The language school Honolulu English School was founded in Honolulu, USA in 1984.
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

English Courses

General Language
Private
Business
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Information for all courses offered by Honolulu English School
Comments about courses
IEP and STEP programmes: classes might take place in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on availability.
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
150.00 US$
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 70 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
17 Jan. 2022, 21 Feb. 2022, 25 Mar. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 30 May 2022, 20 Jun. 2022, 04 Jul. 2022, 19 Aug. 2022, 05 Sep. 2022, 10 Oct. 2022, 24 Nov. 2022, 25 Nov. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022, 31 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 15 US$ per week.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at 190US$
Note: All courses offered by Honolulu English School can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Honolulu English School

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalCEA
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:15
Student gender mix:
40% male / 60% female
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Honolulu English School and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoJCB - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in most classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 9
    Number of public PC workstations: 6

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Additional comment about facilities of school

* Views of the ocean or mountains from most classrooms

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer:120
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 120
Junior courses - In summer: 70
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 70
Minimum age of students
17 years
6 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 21 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Honolulu International Airport:
75 US$ one way
130 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Honolulu International (HNL).

Visa Documents

Nationals from Syria can travel and attend a language course of up to 18 hours per week and for a maximum of 90 days on a holiday/visitor visa.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
100 US$
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Baseball2 km
Basketball1 km
Cooking-
Dancing-
Diving1 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf1 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking3 km
Music-
Sailing0.5 km
Squash3 km
Swimming-
Tennis1 km
Volleyball0.5 km
Windsurfing3 km
Yoga-

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
Hiking Yoga Hula dance Sightseeing * Beach barbecues
Adults - Paid activities
Surfing (USD 110) Yoga (USD 125) Dining (USD 15+) Bar nights (USD 10+) Island beach trips (USD 7+) Catamaran cruise (USD 30) Snorkelling (USD 10) Inter-island trips (USD 600 - USD 650)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample activity calendar April 2022
Sample activity calendar April 2022

Accommodation

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
Honolulu English School, Honolulu
46 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
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What students liked about Honolulu English School, Honolulu
Practically everything. The teachers were very prepared, excellent teaching methods and overall the internal organization unquestionably perfect for my taste. A little bit less than the organization for newcomers, because they were introduced in classes already formed (which is fine), but coming during the week of the final examination of the Term (so called) it's not appropriate because you find yourself having to take an examination for which you are not ready and then it happened to me that the following week was a little bit more relaxed.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: It's better to ask when the Term will start and end , and if you begin after that it has been started it's ok, but it's better you don't start during its last week ... it's really much better the following one.
Other comments: Apart from that I ave nothing to say, it was a wonderful experience, I thank those who allowed it and I will carry it forever in my heart. I met a lot of great people and if I had to return to Honolulu I will surely return even in that school.
The teachers are the best thing in the school. Another thing is that you can only speak in English in it, and with this rule, in general, people improve faster their English.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: They should take the hula class. it's very funny, and go to the excursions that the schools organizes.
The friendliness of the staff and the central location to the beach and Waikiki.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Do not stay only on Oahu. Definitely travel to Maui and Kauai. It's worth to see it and every island offers a lot!
Other comments: The Ohia Student House is pretty bad. It is dirty and too expensive for what you get. But a plus point is the location of the hostel. The beach and the school are max. 5 minutes away.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Bring your hiking shoes, there are lots of great hiking places.
Other comments: My accommodation was great. I stayed in an 8-person female dorm room in Waikiki Beachside Hostel. At first I thought that would be crowded but later I was happy to choose that. Hostel was great and clean, you have a kitchen and bathroom in the room and you share it with at most 7 other people. It was a great opportunity to meet more people and practice English. And also it was a great walk by the beach from hostel to the school everyday. I saw lots of rainbows :)

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    FAQ about Honolulu English School, Honolulu

  • English courses at Honolulu English School start at 320 US$ for Small group: Conversation course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you get the guaranteed best price.
  • The accommodation Condo - Economy Studio is the most popular among all our clients of Honolulu English School
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Honolulu International Airport (75 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Honolulu English School varies from 1 students (Private Lessons) to 15 students (Short Term English Program STEP)
  • 100% of teachers at Honolulu English School hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Honolulu English School comes from Switzerland with a 33% representation, followed by students from Japan (33%) and Italy (10%).
  • Honolulu English School offers courses from 0 years to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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