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October 19, 2017

Early learning access for Hāna keiki at heart of KS collaboration

Early learning providers in Hāna gather to map out strategies to benefit the educational needs of Hāna keiki. This first-time collaboration is seizing on opportunities while working to overcome challenges.

October 16, 2017

KS and ASU Virtual Huakaʻi Project concludes pilot phase with West Hawaiʻi schools

The integration of math, science, architecture, engineering and other academic principles into the cultural website enables students to see the real-world relevance of their classroom curriculum.

June 26, 2017

‘Hānau ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names’ wins Book of the Year

Kamehameha Publishing’s “Hānau ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names” was honored with the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawaiʻi Book of the Year, presented by the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association.

May 23, 2017

KS Hawaiʻi dual credit program reflects student success

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi’s Kaunaloa dual credit program provides a supportive environment where students can seize the opportunity to get ahead.

May 22, 2017

KS to SIMPLIFY for 2017-18

Wondering what’s next for Kamehameha Schools? Based on the recently approved Annual Plan, the focus for the 2017-18 school year and fiscal year is to SIMPLIFY.

April 12, 2017

Waʻa Wednesday: Papa Hoʻokele takes KSM haumāna on voyage to Makahiki

Nine KS Maui haumāna participated in the Papa Hoʻokele program, learning wayfinding and voyaging, culminating with a voyage to Molokaʻi for Kā Makahiki Molokaʻi.

March 23, 2017

KS releases FY 2016 Annual Report

During fiscal year 2016, KS focused on deepening cultural vibrancy, building better community relationships, and forging stronger educational partnerships for Native Hawaiian learning.

March 17, 2017

Freshmen class earns awards at the 97th annual song contest

The freshmen class of 2020 became the first 9th grade class since 2006 to win both the combined class competition and the outstanding musical performance at the 97th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest Friday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

February 28, 2017

Dr. Scott Parker named new poʻo kula for KS Maui

Dr. Scott Parker has been named Poʻo Kula (Head of School) for Kamehameha Schools Maui campus. Parker is currently interim Hope Poʻo Kula (Assistant Head of School) at KS’ Kapālama campus.

February 10, 2017

Pili Project takes learning outdoors for KSM freshmen

Kamehameha Schools gives haumāna new and innovative learning opportunities, while connecting them to their culture and to the ʻāina through projects like The Pili Project, helping to cultivate a strong Native Hawaiian identity.

February 02, 2017

Network of Native Hawaiian Schools highlighted at Pū Paʻakai

Dr. Kēhaunani Abad raises awareness of Kanaeokana – the kula Hawai‘i network – and how it connects to Goal 1 of SP2020.

January 24, 2017

Student helpline expanded tri-campus and to preschools

After a pilot with KS Maui, Hiʻikua Student Helpline is now available for all Kamehameha preschool and K-12 campus students.

January 12, 2017

KS Maui students provide ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi labels at Pukalani Superette

KS Maui students from the Ola Nā Iwi club provided labels in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi that are being used at Pukalani Superette.

November 28, 2016

Before Thanksgiving, there was Hawaiian Independence Day

November 28 celebrates Lā Kūʻokoʻa or Hawaiian Independence Day, after the kingdom was formally recognized by Britain and France.

October 13, 2016

Early education advocate Jan Dill honored with Order of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Award

The Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools honor Dill for his exemplary service to Hawaiian keiki and families as co-founder of Partners in Development Foundation.

September 23, 2016

KS kumu earn M.Ed. degrees as part of UH’s inaugural Aloha ʻĀina cohort

Seven KS Kapālama elementary teachers earn Master of Education degrees in curriculum studies as part of the two-year program.

September 20, 2016

The journey forward: KS’ Tri-Campus Education Tactical Plan revealed

Dr. Holoua Stender presents Nā Kula ‘o Kamehameha with a Tri-Campus Education Tactical Plan to journey KS campuses forward.

September 14, 2016

New report details progress on KS-UH partnerships

A report on Hui Hoʻopili ʻĀina, a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools, showcases the work accomplished over the past year.

August 18, 2016

KS and Assets School partner on educational pilot project

Eight kindergartners will receive full K-3 tuition scholarships giving them access to culturally grounded educational opportunities combined with Assets’ highly specialized learning environment.

August 15, 2016

Network of Native Hawaiian schools charts a course to advance culture-based education

KS recently facilitated the first large-scale gathering of Native Hawaiian schools to advance culture-based education across the state, addressing Goal 1 of SP2020.

July 29, 2016

KS Hawaiʻi on their way to the Fringe

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi performing arts students are heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present a historical performance.

July 26, 2016

KS and UH launch four-year scholarship program for Native Hawaiian students

Makalapua Naʻauao is a unique four-year pilot scholarship program that aims to increase the four-year graduation rate of Native Hawaiian students.

July 11, 2016

Harman is named director of asset management for HI island

Harman will work with KS divisions to implement a collective vision for KS' agricultural, conservation and commercial lands.

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

Mahiʻai Match-Up selects farming finalists

Two finalists have been selected in the 2016 Mahiʻai Match-Up agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawaiʻi’s sustainable food movement. Tickets and sponsorships for the July 30 Mahiʻai Match-Up Fundraiser Gala are available at www.pauahi.org.

June 21, 2016

Green is named director of Enterprise Finance

Adam Green's kuleana includes analyzing KS’ endowment resources and developing financial strategies to support the success of Native Hawaiian learners.

June 20, 2016

KS, community partners build summer bridge program for at-risk youth

The Hawai‘i Youth Challenge Academy prepares participants for entry-level jobs to decrease the socioeconomic implications of high school dropout on students, their families and the community.

June 15, 2016

Donation station benefits education community

Since opening its doors in April, the KS Donation Station has received more than 7,000 pounds of gently-used educational items donated from members of the KS ‘ohana.

June 08, 2016

Rosete-Medeiros is named regional director for Maui County

Venus Rosete-Medeiros oversees regional planning, strategy and action-oriented implementation throughout Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi as part of KS' CE&R Group.

June 03, 2016

KS cultivates community collaborations to make collective impact

The KS Community Engagement and Resources Group focuses on improving educational outcomes for Native Hawaiians in West Hawaiʻi and West Oʻahu.

May 20, 2016

Lā Pilina is an opportunity to deepen relationships

KS Hawaiʻi senior Kaluhikaua Kaʻapana’s legacy project connects Native Hawaiian schools in a day full of learning and growing together.

May 04, 2016

Mahiʻai Match-Up cultivates local farmers

The Mahiʻai Match-Up agricultural business plan contest supports Hawaiʻi's sustainable food movement. Find out what the contest's past winners are doing now!

April 27, 2016

KS earns award for embracing Hawaiian language and culture at Kapālama Center

Kamehameha Schools has earned the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award for incorporating Hawaiian language and culture throughout its retail complex, Kapālama Center. The award will be presented by the Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club and ‘Ahahui ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi. Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu means “strive for the summit.”

April 16, 2016

Mālama Ola director Dr. Kenneth Fink

Learn more about the man tapped to head KS’ student health, safety and well-being department.

April 15, 2016

KS Zero Waste program opens donation station at Kakaʻako

Free gently used KS furniture and supplies are available at the station for Kamehameha departments and educational collaborators, in an effort to reduce KS’ ecological footprint.

April 13, 2016

Staffers get the 411 on Strategy & Innovation

Say “strategy and innovation,” and most people envision something new and groundbreaking. What do these words mean at KS, and why were they selected as the name of one of the organization’s newest groups?

March 31, 2016

Educators learn to integrate energy education into the classroom

Workshop participants receive a free classroom energy kit valued at $300 and reimbursement for substitute teacher costs. Sign-up for April 12 workshop on Oʻahu.

March 20, 2016

Dual credit courses aim to improve student post-secondary success rates

Highlighting a decade-long partnership between KS Maui and the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College in celebration of Early College Week (March 20-26).

February 18, 2016

Volunteer kōkua needed for 2016 Keiki Spring Fest

Staff volunteers are needed for the upcoming Wai‘anae Coast Keiki Spring Fest slated for Friday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wai‘anae District Park.

February 17, 2016

New name for KS preschools aligns with overall school system

KS preschools were renamed Nā Kula Kamaliʻi ʻo Kamehameha to reflect the current ʻōlelo Hawai‘i naming conventions of Kamehameha campuses and educational programs, and to ensure alignment with the overall Education System structure.

February 03, 2016

Brown Bag presentation to highlight KS/UH cultural resource collaboration

A Kamehameha Schools ‘āina-based collaboration is teaching college students to be wise stewards of Hawaiʻi’s precious cultural resources.

January 29, 2016

New summer program will sharpen student math skills

Kilohana is a five-week, regionally focused program for students in Wai‘anae and West Hawai‘i that uses a Hawaiian culture-based approach to cultivate college readiness and teach an intensive math curriculum.

January 29, 2016

KS cultivates a cultural space at Keauhou Bay

KS has transformed its former commercial property at Keauhou Bay, damaged by the 2011 tsunami, into a natural space filled with lush native Hawaiian foliage.

January 19, 2016

Pū Pa‘akai presentation will focus on sustainability

Sustainability Manager Amy Brinker will share information on KS' eco-conscious efforts around energy, water, waste, carbon and ʻāina at the Feb. 9 lunch presentation.

January 07, 2016

Lunar Conference centers on revitalizing traditional lunar practices

The first-ever ‘Aimalama Lunar Conference incorporates ʻāina-based learning to share the wisdom of cultural practices informed by the lunar cycle.

December 16, 2015

Nahale-a is named senior director of regional strategies for Hawaiʻi island

Former Laupahoehoe Public Charter School Director Alapaki Nahale-a will ensure that KS resources are maximized.

December 03, 2015

Pani ka Puka: One day; one wall; 1,000 people

KS community partner Paepae o He‘eia invites you to be part of Pani ka Puka (Close the Gap), a monumental community effort to restore the 800-year-old He‘eia Fishpond back to productivity.

December 03, 2015

Waipā Kalo Festival offers cultural experiences on KS lands

Eō e nā ‘ohana Kaua‘i! Tell your family and friends to stop by the Waipā Kalo Festival slated for this Sunday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the Waipā Foundation, a Kamehameha Schools community collaborator dedicated to restoring the ahupuaʻa of Waipā on Kauaʻi’s north shore.

December 02, 2015

Cobb-Adams is named senior director of regional strategies

Former Kaua‘i County Housing Director Kamuela Cobb-Adams will ensure that KS resources are maximized within its O‘ahu regions.

December 01, 2015

Sign up for koa tree planting and receive a rich cultural experience

Sign-ups for KS’ koa tree-planting program on Hawaiʻi island start on Dec. 4. The hands-on experience is open to full-time staff members. All travel, food, and lodging accommodations are provided by KS.

November 24, 2015

Hawaiʻi island still ‘buzzing’ from the 45th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

KS is a strong supporter of the 10-day festival because nearly 70 percent of Hawaiʻi’s coffee is grown on Kamehameha land.

November 09, 2015

Staffers engage in Pū Pa‘akai with CE&R Group

Over 100 KS staffers packed the KP Kaiona Room for the first Pū Pa‘akai lunch presentation about the Community Engagement & Resources Group.

November 05, 2015

Kahaluʻu Ma Kai project achieves another milestone, moves forward

KS received approval for a permit to begin the removal of the former Keauhou Beach Hotel and begin construction on a new education facility.

November 02, 2015

Education and coffee create the perfect blend at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Nearly 70 percent of all Hawai‘i coffee is grown on Kamehameha Schools lands. KS sponsors the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in support of the many small coffee farmers operating on its lands.

October 29, 2015

KS’ Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program: Studying the ‘Umialiloa birthplace corridor

Student interns in the program earn three college credits in Hawaiian studies or anthropology and valuable hands-on experience in cultural resource management.

October 23, 2015

Taste of the Hawaiian Range promotes a sustainable food future

KS West Hawaiʻi staffers and agricultural lessees nourish foodies with ‘ono eats and agricultural info.

October 12, 2015

Historic Anahulu Valley sites link past to present

KS has developed a management plan for the North Shore's Anahulu Valley to provide strategic guidance for the siting and development of educational programs, stewardship activities, and traditional and commercial agriculture in this unique landscape.

October 06, 2015

KS formalizes educational partnerships, makes progress on action plan

Formalized partnerships with the University of Hawai‘i and Chaminade University of Honolulu mark significant progress for Kamehameha Schools on SP2020.

October 01, 2015

KS/UH partnership supports STEM innovation and entrepreneurship

Members of the partnership launch Project ʻOlonā and the Hālau Pā program at a Mauna ‘Ala ceremony.

September 28, 2015

Community shows strong support for KS’ West Hawaiʻi educational complex

Nearly 100 education and culture advocates from across Hawaiʻi island packed into a recent Leeward Planning Commission (LPC) public hearing to show their support for Kahaluʻu Ma Kai – a West Hawaiʻi learning complex planned by Kamehameha Schools (KS).

September 03, 2015

KSK student filmmakers produce Punaluʻu farm video

A valuable partnership grew when KS Land Assets Manager Joey Char asked KS Kapālama kumu Leah Kihara’s video production class to film a short documentary about mahiʻai (farmers) located within KS’ Punaluʻu Ahupuaʻa Farms.

August 31, 2015

KS’ planned educational hub for West Hawaiʻi faces its next hurdle

A September 17 public hearing will gather testimony on KS’ special management area use permit for the innovative cultural learning complex.

August 20, 2015

KS cultivates land stewardship collaborations at conservation conference

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference focused on local land stewardship including the protection of endangered native species.