WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE PROGRAMS?
Kamehameha has a new Strategic Plan and Vision of a thriving lāhui where our learners achieve post-secondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices. In order to achieve this vision, KS has committed to making improvements to deepen our impact in education. As a result, we are redesigning and phasing out some of our current programs, as well as developing new ones.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF KS PROGRAMS?
For the Summer 2018,
WHY ARE CHANGES BEING MADE TO HOʻOLAUNA AND KŪLIA I KA PONO?
Kamehameha has a new Strategic Plan and Vision of a thriving lāhui where our learners achieve post-secondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices.
Q: Why was the decision made to end the Hoʻolauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs?
A: While Kamehameha Schools has been proud to offer this program, we need to continuously evaluate all existing community education programs to ensure our services are meeting the ever-evolving needs of the communities we serve, as well as meeting crucial educational pathway milestones set forth in our Strategic Plan 2020. KS has expanded Kilohana summer programs, geared towards middle school students. This program is designed to connect haumāna to their Hawaiian identity in a modern world. Current Kilohana programs are designed to support students in discovering and exploring their love of math through a variety of cultural experiences. The program incorporates elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) to drive inquiry and projects that develop students’ skills in math and Hawaiian culture as well as the 21st century skills needed for college and/or career success.
Q: Are these program changes temporary?
A: No, these program changes are not temporary and Hoʻolauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs will operate through Summer 2018 only. The Kūamahi Community Education programs will continue in their new, expanded and improved forms.
Q: When will the program changes take effect?
A: Hoʻolauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs will operate through Summer 2018. KS is pleased to introduce new Summer programs for 2018 with the expansion of Kilohana Hawaiian Culture-Based Math and the new Kilohana Grade 3 Hawaiian Culture-Based Literacy.
Q: Who can apply to Kilohana programs?
A: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (limited regions) may apply to any Kilohana program across the state, however, transportation is limited to students that reside in the program region.
Q: Who was responsible for the decision?
A: Program decisions were made by Kamehameha Schools in order to better align educational programs to KS’ strategic plan.
Q: Will we have another program or partner collaborator to fill this service gap?
A: Kūamahi Community Education programs will continue in their new, expanded and improved forms. This includes seven new summer Kilohana programs being introduced through Admissions.
Q: How will these changes benefit our organization, the community and its beneficiaries?
A: The Kilohana programs are designed to impact 3rd grade literacy and 8th grade math that are grounded in Hawaiian Culture-Based Education. KS is also working with and investing in organizations that offer educational opportunities to expand our reach in each community. Some of the organizations we are proud to partner with include:
Q: Why will some programs continue in a region, while other will not be available in other regions? What will happen to other community education programs?
A: KS’ regional strategy is reviewing the needs of each community and determining the best way to deploy direct services that will be effective, efficient and impactful to meet our targeted educational pathway milestones.