Summer is a time for children to experience new learning opportunities, make new friends and enjoy educational experiences. Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Kula Kauwela offers a culture-based summer education curriculum in efforts to support more Hawaiian families on Hawai‘i Island. The program is open to both current Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus students and community students not currently enrolled in a KS K-12 campus program.
Classes are offered for students in grades K-12, many of which help children understand their unique culture and heritage while thriving academically in their own communities. The Campus Outreach division delivers Kula Kauwela over four week each summer ensuring that more than 500 learners experience an indigenous learning methodology; Moenahā.
The elementary school program will focus on two themes, based on grade-level; K–Grade 2 will focus on community issues and students in grades 3–5 will focus on environmental issues. Through theme exploration, students will work in core academic areas (math, science, language arts and social studies). Theme-based programs involve hands-on active participation, cooperative work and plenty of fun. Hawaiian cultural values and practice are infused into each theme of study.
Middle school develops students’ academic readiness and reinforces critical skills in the areas of literacy and math. Students apply those skills while utilizing culture-based education strategies and methods.
The high school program provides the ability to accrue credit or to recover credit lost during the school year. For students who are not currently attending a KS high school program, it is recommended to obtain credit appraisal from your school before registering for classes to ensure acceptance of credit. Class sizes are limited to ensure optimal teacher to student ratios. KSH also offers blended online courses giving students the experience of learning using online modules from home, mixed with in-class instruction.
2014 Kula Kauwela program runs from June 12th to July 10th. The schedule of courses includes morning only, or full day learning opportunities for keiki and ‘öpio.
Applications are available from January to mid-February. Visit ksbe.edu/admissions to download a copy and see available course offerings.
For more information on Kula Kauwela, call (808) 982-0033.