The Legacy of a princess

Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

Programs and scholarships

Active programs


    Kamehameha Scholars

    Nationally acclaimed college and career planning program that provides non-Kamehameha students entering 9th grade with year-round workshops, interactive lessons and program counselors. Programs sites are available on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i island.

    Students will discover and assess their skills, interests, and values and explore matching post-high institutions and career options to develop plans for their future. Workshops and other guidance activities are held during non-school times – primarily weekends, evenings, and school intersessions — at various times during the school year.

    Valuable tuition scholarships are available for students who complete the program.

    Application window: April 3 – April 28

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    Early College Scholarship

    Scholarship for 9th – 12th grade students attending eligible high schools* in West Hawai‘i who want to earn college credit before they graduate.

    *Eligible high schools include Honokaʻa High School, Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS, Kealakehe High School, Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino, Kohala High School and Konawaena High School.

    Application window: March 1 – April 28

    Join us to learn more about the program at an informational session:

    • March 13 at 8:30am - Honokaʻa High School
    • March 14 at 8:45am - ʻEhunuikaimalino High School
    • March 14 at 10:00am - Konawaena High School
    • March 15 at 8:45am & 11:30am - Kohala High School
    • March 31 at 9:00am - Kanu ʻO Ka ʻĀina High School

    If you have any questions, please call (808) 322-5400.

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    An innovative approach to summer learning, this six-week community-based summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program is rooted in Hawaiian cultural principles and values, and provides year-long opportunities within a journey of exploration for non-Kamehameha campus middle school students. Session dates: June 13 – July 21, 2017.


    Site location & age group:

    • Hāna: For students entering grades 6-7 who reside between Kaupō and Ke‘anae
    • Moloka‘i: For students entering grades 6-7 who reside on the island of Moloka‘i
    • Wai‘anae: For students entering grades 6-8 who reside or attend a school on the Wai‘anae Coast
    • West Hawai‘i: For students entering grades 6-8 who reside between Paʻauilo and Ocean View

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    Summer School

    Summer courses available at each of our 3 campuses: Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kapālama.

    Application window: January 3 – February 15 (CLOSED)

    Kamehameha Schools Maui - Hālau ‘O Kapikohānaiāmālama
    ‘Ōiwi STEAM program that empowers students through rigorous and relevant courses that are academically focused and culturally-connected; incorporating group and individual projects and challenging ‘āina experiences to grow their skills as innovators and stewards of today and tomorrow.

    Age group: 6-8 grade students
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    Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i - Hālau Kupukupu Summer Innovations Academy
    Four-weeks of joyful summer learning that challenges students to explore and design real-world solutions that will positively impact Hawai‘i Island. Rigorous and engaging inquiries ignite passion for learning, innovative thinking, and deeper aloha for our ‘āina, lāhui, and world.

    Age group: K-12 grade students
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    Explorations Series

    One-week summer boarding programs offered to non-Kamehameha students providing foundational Hawaiian values and practices through hands-on activities.

    Application window: January 3 – February 15 (CLOSED)

    Age group: 6-9 grade students
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Upcoming programs

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    Campus Program

    Traditional K-12 program at campuses located on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i island with world-class curriculum rooted in Christian and Hawaiian values

    Application window: mid-August - September
    Age group: K-12
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    Kipona Scholarship

    Need-based funds for students enrolling in participating non-Kamehameha private schools statewide

    Application window: mid-August - September
    Age group: K-12
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    Pauahi Keiki Scholars

    Need-based scholarships for children attending approved, non-Kamehameha preschools in Hawaiʻi. Keiki are eligible for up to 3 years of funds, but must reapply each year.

    Application window: November 1 – February 17 (CLOSED)
    Age group: Preschool
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    Kamehameha Preschools

    30 preschools located statewide offering classes for 3- and 4-year olds that enroll over 1,600 keiki.

    Application window: November 1 – January 31 (CLOSED)
    Age group: Preschool
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    Pauahi Foundation scholarships

    Over 100 merit and need-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students that have been created by private donors and awarded based on many factors

    Application window: January 3 – February 17 (CLOSED)
    Age group: College students
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    Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi

    Need-based scholarships for college students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees

    Application window: October 3 – February 17 (CLOSED)
    Age group: College students
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    ‘Imi Na‘auao

    Merit-based scholarships for college students pursuing a graduate degree

    Application window: November 15, 2016 - January 31, 2017 (CLOSED)
    Age group: College students
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    Kapili ‘Oihana Internship Program

    Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program (KOIP) is a statewide 14-week summer internship program for college students.

    Application window: February 1 – February 28 (CLOSED)
    Age group: College students
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Program details and application windows may change. Check back regularly for the most up to date information.


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