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After Bishop Libert Boeynaems, ss.cc., discovered the need for a Catholic, secondary school, tailored to meet the needs of young women in the community, the Academy was founded in Honolulu by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts.

In September 1909, the school welcomed its first 75 students and 19 borders to the campus, situated in an area of overgrown kiawe and guava tress in the heart of Kaimuki.

In 1990, the Sisters passed the administration of Sacred Hearts to a lay staff, but the school continues the traditions of providing a quality Catholic education for Hawaii’s women.

The governance of the Academy rests in a Board of Directors, with specific powers reserved to a religious Board of Members.