Ma ka hana ka ‘ike, “in doing, there is knowledge.” This philosophy is encompassed in each of Kamehameha Schools’ three different weeklong summer boarding programs: Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i, Ho‘olauna, and Kūlia I Ka Pono. Each program is targeted to a specific age and designed to keep students who do not attend Kamehameha Schools connected with their culture. There is also Fall and Spring intercession program (Ipukukui) offered each year. Through matriculation, once a student enters the Explorations Series, they are automatically invited to subsequent programs in the series as long as they remain active and involved.
Through the Explorations Series programs, Kamehameha Schools is able to assist learners in building strong foundations of cultural connectedness for future educational, career and civic success.
The Ho‘olauna program goes deeper into Hawaiian customs, values and the importance of place. Students are introduced to the different moku (districts) of Hawai‘i, learning the mele, mo‘olelo and wahi pana of each region they visit.
Ho‘olauna programs are offered on Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Students can participate in as many as 2 different programs, starting with their own moku, each year they are enrolled in the program.
Who’s eligible? Student currently in 6th or 7th grade are eligible to apply for Ho‘olauna. The programs take place the summer before their 7th and 8th grades. Students who are enrolled in a Kamehameha Schools K-12 campus program are not eligible.
How to apply? Applications are available in January and February at www.ksbe.edu/admissions. For more information, or to have an application mailed to you, please call the Admissions Office at 808-842-8800 or toll free at 800-842-4682 ext. 8800.
Program cost: Explorations Series programs have a fee of $120 (all meals, in-state travel and activities are covered through this fee). Fee waivers so your child can attend for free are available, but you must apply to receive a waiver.
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