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Adult Driving Lessons

One (1) session - $60

Three (3) sessions - $180 

Six (6) sessions - $360

  Six (6) sessions plus the use of the DTA vehicle for the DMV road exam- $480*

*Client must be judged competent by the instructor to use the vehicle for the road exam

Sessions are 90 minutes in length

Instructional Support Training Services

Created in Japan in 1997, ISTS has owned and operated the “Driver Training Academy” since 2007 and most recently, opened an "Adult Learning Center".


Both businesses are located at 3312-A Campbell Avenue in Kapahulu and can be easily reached by taking Bus routes #2, #13, and #3. 


Adult Driving Schedule

Monday-Friday:  7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am,                                                 and 1:00pm

Saturday:  7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm

Sunday:  8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm

Holiday times vary

Richard Puhalla
ISTS Owner/Operator

Richard Puhalla, MS Ed., is a certified Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) Driver Education instructor.  He also holds a Hawaii Teaching License and is employed by the Department of Education as well as Remington College in Honolulu.


Mr. Puhalla's forty (40) years of teaching and administrative experience includes working in four countries, the CNMI, and in two states on the mainland.  In August 2013, he and his family relocated to Hawaii.


Most recently, Mr. Puhalla developed the Driver Education Program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, writing the Rules and Regulations for the Mandatory Driver Education Law and the exams currently in use by the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


His driving credentials and experience include operating school buses, metro transit buses, large box-type delivery trucks, automobiles, and motorcycles.



CNMI Study Guide $25


Still available


Hawaii Study Guide



for students enrolled in the classroom program



Study Guides
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       Effective August 1, 2020:
       Ists - Driver Training Academy                 Information Update 
  • The Ists - Driver Training Academy has temporarily suspended operation due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Honolulu.
  • When the new case numbers return to single digits or the low teens for a period of 14 days and/or a vaccine becomes available, we will resume scheduling clients.
  • Similar to before the shutdown, all clients must possess a valid Instructioal Permit or license  to enroll in the program.
  • Clients must be at least 18 years of age or turning 18 prior to taking the road test.  DMV and/or DOE certificates will not be administered.
  • Clients must reside between Kahala and Kahili to enroll in the program.  Clients who live in Hawaii Kai and wish to drive will be picked up and dropped off at the Kahala Mall.
  • The initial lesson leaves from 3312A Campbell Ave. and ends at your place of residence or, pehaps, at work, college, etc.
  • Sesson 2 begins at your place  of residence, work, college, etc.
  • Both the Kapalama and Koolau test routes will taught during the course of the lessons.  The client will also be expected drive on the freeway, parallel park, and park in a parking lot.
  • The Ists vehicle may be used to take the road if the client agrees to complete a minimum of 6 sessions and is judged competent by the instructor.  Most clients find that eight sessions are necessary to develop competency.
  • Road tests involving the use of the Ists vehicle can ONLY be taken at the Koolau DMV and the  client is expected to make an 8AM test appointment.
  • A clean mask must be worn when seated in the vehicle; hand sanitizer will be provided, as well as cleaning wipes.
  • A forehead temperature check will be taken prior to entering the vehicle.  If the client's temperature is less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the session will proceed.
  • A Health Screening Questionnaire similar to one  used by the DMV must be completed prior to each session.
  • The client must be willing to drive with the windows open  so that there is air circulation and non-instructional talking will be minimized.