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About American Renaissance Academy

American Renaissance Academy (ARA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, independent, co-educational, and fully accredited college preparatory school founded on the principles of offering small class size, individualized attention, the incorporation of technology, and a strong emphasis on the performing arts.

ARA is located approximately eight minutes from the City of Kapolei also known as the “second city” of Honolulu county. Formerly a deserted country plain, the City of Kapolei is now a thriving and fast growing suburban community with the largest new home starts in Hawai’i. The majority of ARA families are from the Kapolei area, but with some coming from as far west as Waianae and as far east as Honolulu.

Mission Statement

American Renaissance Academy provides students a rigorous, individualized, and comprehensive college-preparatory education. This is accomplished by challenging students to think critically and creatively while instilling in them a passion for artistic growth and life-long learning.

Mission Statement Adopted and Approved by the ARA Board of Governors in March 2012.


American Renaissance Academy (ARA) was founded by Kenneth Tanizaki, Dr. Kelly Tanizaki, and Daimon Hudson, opening its doors in 2007. The Academy is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by the Academy's Board of Governors. The basic foundation of the school's mission was to create a nurturing and safe environment that develops life-long learners. The cornerstone of the Academy's work occurs within dynamic small classes which stimulate teacher-student interactions (maximum 16:1 student-teacher ratio).

The vision and goals of the Academy's founders broadened the core curriculum for all grades to include music, physical education and health, fine and performing arts, technology, world languages, and teacher-assisted homework periods. These disciplines extend to our after school enrichment program and are available to the community.

As a maturing organization, our founders continue to advance our mission to effectively reach West O Ľahu students through educational programs that creatively deliver college preparatory curriculum.

Visit us or call 808-682-7337 today for more information.
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