High School

Community Collaboration

Maryknoll High School Curriculum

As Hawaii’s largest private Catholic school with more than 90 years of academic excellence, we empower students to customize their college prep pathway through our diverse, project-based and passion-driven classes, clubs and teams. In keeping with our
Philosophy of Education, students are welcomed into a small school setting where personal development and scholastic achievement are emphasized equally.


These seven characteristics represent the foundation of what is provided by a Maryknoll Education to students.


Maryknoll students develop civic awareness of the regional, inter-regional, national and world cultures that shape our globalized society. They learn to address problems ethically and collaboratively, and are inspired to develop empathy, gratitude and mindfulness so that they are able to work and contribute to the communities they live and work in.

  • Maryknoll School’s motto is Noblesse Oblige, which means, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This spirit of service to others is part of the legacy of our founding Maryknoll Sisters.

Service learning is a cornerstone of our curriculum. High School students engage in school-wide service days once per quarter where each class goes out into the community and volunteers their time and efforts to help our community. Our students have volunteered with organizations including Paepae O He‘eia, Papahana Kuaola, Ala Wai Watershed Association, Honolulu Zoo, Hawaiian Humane Society, and the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui that manages the Keawawa Wetlands.
  • Our annual Noblesse Oblige Scholarship and Award Dinner celebrates and perpetuates the spirit of Noblesse Oblige. Over the past few years, we have experienced firsthand how the spirit of Noblesse Oblige — to whom much is given, much is expected — can transform lives. As we move forward, we work towards the vision of developing the next generation of service-minded leaders.
    The Maryknoll School Noblesse Oblige Award for Service is given to those who devote their talent to the service of others. It honors those who give both example and meaning to Maryknoll’s motto, Noblesse Oblige. This year we are excited to honor three exceptional individuals.
See how our scholars, past and current live by Noblesse Oblige.
  • Students can participate in the ENVOY (Emissary Notable Venturer of Youth)International Program. Every year, Maryknoll sends two teachers and two students to China and two teachers and two students to Japan for 10 days to teach, tutor, and perform community service as ENVOYs to local schools and communities. To reciprocate, Maryknoll hosts two teachers and two students from China and two teachers and two students from Japan every year for cultural and educational exchange.

  • Annual mission trips to Majuro in the Marshall Islands and to the Philippines give students and faculty the opportunity to be missioners in developing countries where the Maryknoll Religious have worked or are currently working. Maryknoll students teach math and English to their peers in Majuro and the Philippines and immerse themselves in service learning and social justice issues.

  • The senior capstone project is the culmination of a Maryknoll Education. Each student creates his or her own interdisciplinary project that includes research, analysis, and a real-world or community service component. Students present and defend their findings to an audience of peers and faculty judges.

Sasha Matsunami ’19 and Anika Liang ’19 started their own cupcake business for their senior capstone project and provided 600 cupcakes at cost for Maryknoll’s Kekumano Award & Scholarship Benefit Dinner.

  • High School Clubs and Organizations such as Key Club, Model UN, Children’s Charity Club, Chinese Club, and Around the Table focus on community service as a core club activity or promote social activism, diversity of thought, and collaboration.

  • Maryknoll’s Civil Air Patrol squadron is the largest in the U.S. in a private Catholic school. Cadets study military and aerospace history and strategies, take written tests, participate in training missions, maintain physical fitness and demonstrate their commitment to the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect.
1526 Alexander St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808.952.8400