2005 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Science Achievement
West Hawaii Explorations Academy

West Hawaii Explorations Academy,
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 148
Type of School: Charter
Location/Size of School: Large Town School
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: n/a
Student-Teacher Ratio: 15:1

Students at West Hawaii Explorations Academy (WHEA) participate in a rigorous, project-based-learning science curriculum that mirrors the way students learn in a graduate school science lab. The school focuses on marine biology, botany, agriculture, and energy. Students must write quarterly research papers on their studies, and they are also required to conduct extensive marine-science tours for the thousands of elementary and middle school students who come to visit WHEA each year. “We’re introducing kids to the concept of how to be self-learners,” says Principal Heather Nakakura.