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

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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.  

  • We continually evaluate other learning opportunities, resources, and support systems in regional communities to best serve our learners.
  • KS identified programs that best serve our learners and evaluated other community providers’ services to avoid duplication of efforts.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF KS PROGRAMS?

For the Summer 2018,

  • Current operations of all programs will continue however,
    • Only students who participated in Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi and Hoʻolauna last summer 2017 have been invited to participate in Hoʻolauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono. Due to limited space available in these programs, we are not opening enrollment to new students.
    • This will be the last summer of our Hoʻolauna and Kūlia programs however, Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi will continue with plans to expand and include rising 7th graders in 2019.
  • As we continue to redesign and develop new programs, we will keep you informed about the status.
  • In the meantime, we encourage you to apply to our other KS summer programs (Summer School, Hālau ʻo Kapikohānaiāmālama , Hālau Kupukupu, Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi and Kilohana).
  •  We also encourage you to seek out programs in your community.

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.

  • KS worked for over a year developing this new strategic plan and vision through a process that engaged community, educational partners, and KS staff throughout Hawaiʻi.
  • This Strategic Plan guides programs and services to help us achieve our Strategic Vision of a thriving lāhui.

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.

  • Kilohana - ʻEwa*, Waialua*, Waiʻanae, West Hawaiʻi, Hana, Molokaʻi
    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.
    (*New pilot locations)
  • Kilohana Grade 3 Hawaiian Culture-Based Literacy - ʻEwa (New pilot location)
    The Kilohana Hawaiian Culture-Based Literacy program engages students through meaningful hands-on and place-based learning to build students’ collaboration, communication and literacy skills. Because of Hawaiʻi’s rich history as one of the most literate nations in the world, the program will blend English instruction with ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi to increase students’ connections to Hawaiian culture and literacy foundations. The program is intended to cultivate a strong sense of Native Hawaiian identity to foster confidence, resilience and positive attitudes toward learning. The program will incorporate ʻohana learning opportunities to bridge connections for learners between the program, home and their community.

    The program is open to all applicants who meet grade level eligibility. Priority will be given to keiki residing in the ʻEwa region. The program location is at Island Academy of the Pacific.

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:

  • Nā Kālai Wa‘a Holokai Summer Program (West Hawai‘i)
  • Ko‘olau ‘Āina Momona-Mā‘ilikukahi Summer Program (Ko‘olau)
  • After School All-Stars (Wai‘anae Coast)

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.