About Ka Pua

Kamehameha Schools’ mission is to fulfill Pauahi’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well being of people of Hawaiian ancestry. 

Although our campuses have served many young Hawaiians very well, graduating over 24,000, we realize that we cannot effectively educate all Hawaiian children by only building campuses.  If KS is going to be successful at achieving its mission to improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education, then the single most important place for KS to be is working in tandem with Hawaii’s public education system.  Of the approximately 75,000 school aged Hawaiian children in Hawaii, about 60,000 attend a public school.

In 2009, Kamehameha Schools launched Ka Pua, a new, long-term initiative that will significantly deepen the support of and seek to increase the intergenerational impact of Pauahi's legacy to children, families, and communities.  With the highest number of Native Hawaiians per census tract, along with consistently low statistics of student achievement, the Wai‘anae Coast was designated as the first destination for this Initiative.  

We believe that working within the community where Hawaiians reside to strengthen schools and other educational providers will not only serve Hawaiian families, but will help to lift the entire level of education and well-being for the community at large.

Kamehameha Schools' Ka Pua Initiative is a long-term commitment to excellent education, strong community, and a committed presence on the Wai‘anae Coast.

Our Vision

All children on the Wai‘anae Coast are connected to place, supported in their learning and are succeeding as tomorrowʻs local and global leaders.

Key Strategies

The Ka Pua initiative is a geographic specific strategy.  The place is the Wai‘anae Coast, the span of Hawaii’s shores that stretches from Kahe Point to Ka‘ena Point on the Wai‘aCoast of O‘ahu. This vision will be achieved through three key strategies designed to strengthen the web of educational opportunities, services, and infrastructure on the Waianae Coast of O‘ahu. Each strategy brings focused partnerships, collaborations, and new educational innovations that aim to connect learning from infancy through adulthood, to deepen and flex the bridges linking social service, health, and educational providers, and to design new spaces for collaborative student learning.

  1. Intensively support needle-moving collaborations focused on key impact areas for student success which includes building capacity among key providers on the Waianae Coast.

  2. Ensure schools are centers of the community, providing effective learning opportunities, integrated supports for students, and, most importantly, an unshakeable commitment to student success. 

  3. Build two state of the art community learning centers that provide excellent programming and anchor collaborative, capacity building strategies. 

Current Focuses

The Ka Pua Initiative has identified three strategic priorities that support work to enhance community engagement and build capacity.

All Children Connected

We recognize that a strong sense of personal self can be anchored by an in-depth understanding of where you come from and that relationship lays a foundation that keiki and their families can build upon. Learn more


All Children Supported

Focuses on an innovative wraparound system of care at Nānākuli/Wai‘anae complex area schools that reduces all barriers to learning while creating a positive and engaging school culture. Several schools are in the early planning process for next year to deliver comprehensive services and programs on site. Learn more

All Children Succeed

Supports the academic, social and family college readiness pathway, cradle to career (P-20). Learn more