Founded in 1887, Kamehameha Schools is a statewide educational system supported by a $11.0 billion trust, endowed by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The system includes K-12 campuses on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, and Maui, and 30 preschool sites statewide. The combined preschool through grade 12 student enrollment is more than 6,900 and makes Kamehameha the largest independent school system in the United States. Kamehameha Schools gives preference to children of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
Opened in August of 2001, Kamehameha's 300-acre Hawai‘i Campus is located roughly seven miles south of Hilo, in Kea‘au just off the Volcano Highway. It is currently home to 1,156 students in grades K-12.
The original 600-acre hillside campus, on the island of O‘ahu, provides an environment conducive to learning. The spacious campus has more than 70 buildings, an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a new athletic complex with a football/soccer field, track and seating for 3,000. This campus offers a boarding program, designed to help students attain high academic performance, positive self-esteem, and personal and community responsibility. The Kapālama campus is currently home to 3,192 students, grades K-12.
Kamehameha’s 180-acre Maui Campus is located in Pukalani on the gentle slopes of Haleakalā. It is currently home to about 1,100 students, grades K-12.