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.
In Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i, students engage in cultural learning activities and huaka‘i (field trips) that deliver a basic understanding of how their Hawaiian ancestors interacted with the ‘āina. Participants visit learning environments like a lo‘i (wet-land taro farms) and a loko i‘a (fishpond). Students board for a week at Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama campus.
Who’s eligible? Student currently in 5th grade are eligible to apply for Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i. The program takes place the summer before 6th grade. 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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