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The Legacy of a princess

Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

Academics at Kamehameha Schools Maui

Welina mai kākou!

Kaleo Pahukula

I am delighted that you are interested in Kamehameha Schools Maui and I hope what you find here leads you to apply for admission to this campus. A Kamehameha Schools Maui education is a uniquely personal experience. We are devoted to educating both the minds and hearts of our students, and we do so in a school setting that is an intimate community of diverse haumāna, first-rate kumu and dedicated staff. The qualities of Kamehameha Schools Maui are many: cultural principles that underscore Kamehameha’s Hawaiian identity, strong ‘ohana presence and participation, small classes, college and career readiness focus, opportunities to grow spiritually, a beautiful campus and access to varied co-curricular programs to satisfy wide-ranging interests. What I would emphasize most of all about Kamehameha Schools Maui, is its attention to the student as an individual person. Here you will know your kumu (teacher), po’o kumu (principal), and nā hoa kula (classmates) and they will know you.

For these and other reasons, Kamehameha Schools Maui is recognized as one of the best schools on Maui. We are recognized for all-around excellence in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities and sportsmanship.

We would love to have you as part of this outstanding learning community of good and industrious men and women of Kamehameha.

Me ka ‘oia ‘i’o,

Kaleo Pahukula
Po’o Kula Kūikawā (Interim Head of School)


Academics

Kamehameha Schools envisions by 2040 a thriving Lāhui in which learners achieve postsecondary educational success that enables good life and career choices, and positions them to lead and contribute to their communities, both locally and globally.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools Association (HAIS), Kamehameha Schools leads the nation in the number of National Board Certified teachers at an independent school. Twenty-eight of those educators are located on KS’ Maui campus.

Cultural principles of Hawaiian Identity serve as a foundation for all what we do at KS. KSM promotes the practice and perpetuation of Hawaiian worldviews, culture and ʻōlelo through:

Kūlia i ka nuʻu (strive to reach the summit): Distinguished teaching, learning and leadership practice that is cultural; values and responds to the unique moʻolelo of Hawaiʻi; strengthens the aspirations of each learner; and values both professional learning opportunities and peer collaborations.

Ma ka hana ka ʻike (knowledge to be gained through work): Well-designed learning environments that support effective Hawaiian culture-based education (e.g., practices and content); provide for the interaction of diverse people and ideas; and promote the effective development of the whole learner (physically, mentally, emotionally, culturally and spiritually).

Ka ʻike a ka makua he hei na ke keiki (the knowledge of the parents is absorbed by the child): Engagement of families in the teaching and learning process in ways that their understanding and appreciation of the values, beliefs and principles that support a Hawaiian culture-based education are reinforced at home and in the communities in which they reside.

‘O Hawaiʻi kuʻu kulāiwi (Hawai‘i is my native land): Devotion to our native homeland, Hawaiʻi as expressed through acts of aloha ‘āina – Hawaiian patriotism, and engagement of learners of all ages in social, cultural and political experiences that foster love for and life-long allegiance to our Pae ‘Āina o Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Homeland) and Hawaiian people.

Pauahi's vision to educate Hawaiian children in perpetuity has been realized on Maui throughout the last 20 years. You are invited to watch a brief remembrance of how KS Maui started in 1996, including interviews with original staff members and from retirees and leaders. The eight-minute video below was shown at the 2015 KS Maui Founder's Day program.

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