Hawaii is home to about 251,000 children ages 5 to 19, and 96,000 adults ages 20 to 24 — together accounting for about a quarter of the state's total population. The state is unique in that it has just one statewide public school district, while all other states make K-12 education a local responsibility. The Hawaii Department of Education oversees more than 280 public and charter schools.

The state also has more than 120 private elementary and secondary schools that serve as an alternative to the public system. All public higher education institutions fall under the University of Hawaii system, which has an enrollment of more than 60,000 at three universities and seven community colleges. The state has a number of private higher educational institutions, including Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and Chaminade University.

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