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The Department of Education provides special education and related services to children, age 3 to 20, who meet the eligibility requirements due to a disability that affects their educational success. Special Education is specially designed instruction to meet the unique learning needs of students who require Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Related services are transportation and developmental, corrective and supportive services that are required to assist a child with a disability in benefiting from special education. These related services include, but are not limited to speech-language therapy, audiology, psychological services, interpreting services, physical and occupational therapy, counseling services, orientation and mobility services, recreation and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. Related services also include school health services and school nurse services, social wrk services in the schools, and parent counseling and training.

Services are at no cost to the parent and may be provided in a variety of settings based on the student's needs and are provided in keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in Hawaii's local implementing law relating to special education--Chapter 60.

Within the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, two important offices provide supports to students with disabilities. The Special Education Section in the Curriculum and Instruction Branch ensures that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected. This section also monitors, enforces and reports on the delivery of special education requirements under IDEA and Chapter 60. Their responsibilities include: 1) Developing procedures, standards and rules for special education; 2) Providing technical assistance and training to complex areas, districts, schools, agencies and parents to address IDEA and Chapter 60; and 3) Monitoriing the activities of schools and complex areas to ensure that they follow program standards and legal requirements.

Another key office is the Comprehensive Student Support Section. This section provides supports that enhance a student's academic achievement by strengthening social, emotional and physical well-being of the student and their family. Responsibilities include: providing program direction and guidance for parent and family support services, early childhood intervention services, secondary school intervention services, school based behavioral health (SBBH) services, positive behavior support services and student health services; and working with complexes and schools to make sure that an array of supports are available.


Special Education Services Branch & Special Education Section
Debra Farmer, Administrator
475 22nd Avenue, Bldg. C, Room 115
Honolulu, HI 96816
PH: 203-5560 Fax: 733-4475
E-mail: Debra_Farmer@notes.k12.hi.us
Website: http://doe.k12.hi.us/specialeducation

Comprehensive Student Support Services Section
Steven Shiraki, Educational Specialist
475 22nd Avenue, Bldg. 302, Room 204
Honolulu, HI 96816
PH: 203-5515 Fax: 733-9890
E-mail: Steven_Shirak@notes.k12.hi.us
Website: http://doe.k12.hi.us/programs/csss/index.htm

Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind
3440 Leahi Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
PH: 733-4999 (voice and TTY) Fax: 733-4824
E-mail: Christina_Alfred@notes.k12.hi.us
Website: www.hcdb.k12.hi.us

Provides diagnostic and prescriptive services to all students with hearing and visual impairments, technical assistance to schools who are serving these students and a day or boarding program for select students as determined by their IEP.


Direct support and supervision to schools is provided through 15 complex area offices which encompass Hawaii's 42 school complexes. (A complex is made up of a high school and he elementary and middles schools that feed students to the high school). Each complext are is served by a district educational specialist for special education/special services. The following is a list of important contact information of state and district support for special education:

Farrington-Kaiser- Kalani and Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complexes
4967 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Special Education: Farrington-Kaiser- Kalani PH: 733-4940; Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt PH: 733-4977
PH: 735-8355 School Based Behavioral Health
PH: 733-4977
Autism Program

North Complex Area - Leilehua, Mililani and Waialua Complexes
1136 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
PH: 622-6432 (Student Support Services)
PH: 622-6439 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 622-6421
(Autism Program)

South Complex Area - Aiea, Moanalua and Radford Complexes
1136 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
PH: 622-6425 (Students Support Services)
PH: 622-6439 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 622-6421
(Autism Program)

Campbell-Kapolei, Nakakuli-Waianae, and Pearl City-Waipahu Complexes
94-521 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, HI 96797
Support Services Section
PH: 675- 0335 Campbell-Kapolei-Waianae
PH: 677-0444 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 675-0384
(Autism Program)

Nanakuli, Pearl City and Waipahu Complexes
94-521 Farrington Highway
Wahiawa, HI 96797
PH: 675-0384 (Support Services Section)
PH: 677-0444 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 675-0384
(Autism Program)

Kailua and Kalaheo Complexes
46-169 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
PH: 233-5710 (Student Support Services)
PH: 235-9102 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 233-5717
(Autism Program)

Kahuku and Castle Complexes
46-169 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
PH: 233-5717 (Student Support Services)
PH: 235-9102 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 233-5717
(Autism Program)

East Hawaii Regional Office - Hilo, Laupahoehoe and Waiakea Complexes
450 Waianuenue Avenue, Bldg. C, Room 4
P.O. Box 4160
Hilo, HI 96720
PH: 974-4401 (Special Education)
PH: 974-6186 (School Based Behavioral Health)
PH: 974-4404
(Autism Program)

Ka'u, Keaau and Pahoa Complexes
16-565 Keaau Pahoa Rd., Hale F
Keaau, HI 96749
PH: 982-4252 (Special Education & Autism)
PH: 974-6186 (School Based Behavioral Health)

West Hawaii Regional Office - Kealakehe and Konawaena Complexes
81-1080 Konawaena School Road
Kealakekua, HI 96750-0689
PH: 323-0015 (Special Education & Autism)
PH: 323-0015 (School Based Behavioral Health)

North Hawaii Regional Office - Kohala and Honoka'a Complexes
c/o Honoka'a High School
45-527 Pakalana Street
Honokaa, HI 96727
PH: 775-8895 (Special Education and Autism)
PH: 323-0015 (School Based Behavioral Health)

Baldwin and King Kekaulike Complexes
P.O. Box 263
Puunene, HI 96784
PH: 873-3526 (Special Education)
PH: 873-3520 (School Based Behavioral Health)

Maui Complexes
P.O. Box 263
Puunene, HI 96784
PH: 873-3520 (Special Education)
PH: 873-3520 (School Based Behavioral Health)

Molokai Annex (includes Molokai & Lanai Complexes)
P.O. Box 470
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
PH: 553-1723 (Special Education)
PH: 567-6950 (School Based Behavioral Health)

KAUAI OFFICE - East Kauai, Central Kauai and West Kauai Complexes
3060 Eiwa Street, Room 305
Lihue, HI 96766
PH: 274-3504 (Special Education/Special Services & Autism)
PH: 274-3500 (School Based Behavioral Health/Mokihana Project)

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)
919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96814
PH: 586-8126 Fax: 586-8129
Website: www.spinhawaii.org/SAP/sap.html

Established under IDEA to advise the DOE regarding the education of all eligible children with disabilities. Parenst and persons with disabilities make up a majority of the membership. Meetings are held monthly except in June and July at 919 Ala Moana Boulevard and are open to the public. Call for more information.

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