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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.

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Hālau Kupukupu


Kupukupu means “to sprout or grow” as leaves, blossoms, knowledge, and ideas. As such, Hālau Kupukupu offers a number of dynamic Hawaiian culture-based landscape of educational opportunities that inspire young learners as they sprout, grow and mature into good and industrious learners and the next generation of ʻōiwi leaders who will steward the future.

One of Hālau Kupukupu’s largest and most visible undertakings is the campus’ Summer Innovations Academy. 

Hālau Kupukupu Summer Innovations Academy is a four-week learning adventure that engages students in fun, hands-on experiences in and out of the classroom. As action researchers, students take field trips, learn from community experts, and explore the rich outdoor learning environment of Moku o Keawe (Hawai‘i Island). The program offers incredible educational opportunities that inspire passion for learning and enable young learners to be successful and prepared for the next school year.

An integral part of Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, Hālau Kupukupu Innovations Academy is a space for testing, advancing, and accelerating innovative practice and products for model 21st century Hawaiian learning environments. The summer academy design will continue to evolve over time based on program data and valuable stakeholder input.

The dates for the 2017 summer program is June 15 - July 13.

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Stories and Announcements

Learn more about Hālau Kupukupu Innovations Academy:

June 30, 2016
KS Hawai‘i adds a fourth kula
KS Hawai‘i redesigned its campus outreach program, Hālau Kupukupu, to be a new school for the campus with expanded capacity and kuleana to better deliver upon Kūhanauna (SP2020).

June 30, 2016
Motta promoted to Hālau Kupukupu poʻokumu
Joy “Hauʻoli” Motta is the first poʻokumu (principal) for KS Hawaiʻi’s fourth kula, Hālau Kupukupu Innovations Academy.

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In the News

Read and listen to stories about Hālau Kupukupu that have appeared on local media channels.

July 17, 2016
Hawaiʻi Tribune-Herald: STEAMing Ahead
HTH reporter Kirsten Johnson takes a closer look at the summer program's emphasis on STEAM and the engaging form lessons take on during the 4-week program.

February 2, 2016
KAPA Radio FM: Interview with Joy Motta and Marcie Saquing
Listen and learn more about the 2016 program in an interview with Jaz and Kaʻea on KAPA Radio.