Federal education officials have found that the Hawaii Department of Education failed to stop racial and sexual harassment at schools in the Big Island's Kealakehe complex.

The U.S. Department of Education's report found that the students suffered racially and sexual insults, and a number of incidents involved assaults and physically harassment from 2003 to 2005.

Federal officials stepped in after parents complained that school officials at the high school, intermediate school and three elementary schools didn't resolve complaints about bullying against their children.

The state and federal education departments have entered into a settlement agreement to adhere to all laws and rules.

The federal report was issued Dec. 31 but is only coming to light now.