Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry is something that resonates deeply with all Kamehameha Schools employees. Our workforce is committed to and passionate about doing our best work to fulfill this mission at every level every day.
“I am reminded daily of my obligation to reflect the strengths and intelligence of our kūpuna, and more importantly, supporting our haumāna to walk in their footsteps.”
Head of Summer and Extended Learning, Maui Campus
“Working for Kamehameha Schools has allowed me to work in Hawai‘i, for Hawai‘i, while raising a family.
I love seeing how technology plays a big part of the mission and vision of Ke Ali‘i Pauahi.”
Manager, TDS - Operations
“KS offers a unique opportunity to both learn about and contribute to a thriving Hawaiian culture. I'm humbled and proud to get to be a part of this ‘ohana.”
Multimedia Designer, Ho‘okahua
“A large part of what attracted me to Kamehameha Schools is the feeling of ‘ohana and community, its passion, commitment, and sense of shared responsibility to perpetuate Princess Pauahi’s legacy. Additionally, I value the organization’s continued investment in the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff—empowering everyone to reach their full potential.”
The mission of Kamehameha Schools, to bring educational opportunities to Native Hawaiian learners and — even broader — to uplift an entire people, is something that resonates with its employees. Whether we work with learners on our campuses or in our community programs, or in IT, finance, research, administration, communications, or any of the other many support groups that help our mission come to life every day, we are all connected by the shared sense of purpose and the camaraderie that comes with working together for a great cause.
E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawai‘i! The language lives! One of the goals in our strategic plan is to normalize ʻōlelo Hawai‘i at KS. As part of that goal, KS introduced ‘Ōlelo Kahua, or Hawaiian Language Foundation classes, to staff in 2015. Those introductory classes were designed to be low-anxiety and fun while teaching staff useful and practical Hawaiian phrases, how to introduce themselves in Hawaiian, correct pronunciation and vocabulary. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ʻŌlelo Kahua has evolved to an optional weekly live session format which offers staff the opportunity to connect with coworkers and kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi while learning about the language, culture and history of our land and people. ʻŌlelo Kahua presents a professional and cultural development opportunity for staff and signals that Kamehameha Schools is committed to its identity as a high performing Native Hawaiian organization.
Kamehameha Schools has many beloved and time-honored traditions which hold a special place in our hearts. One of these is Wāhie — an optional gathering where the KS ʻohana share joyful music, inspirational manaʻo (thoughts) and prayer. Wāhie traditionally occurs each morning at all KS work locations and is a practice which continued despite temporary shifts to virtual and hybrid work conditions by transitioning to an online format.
Nurture the child and the lāhui thrives. Kamehameha Schools founder Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop cared deeply for her people, the ʻāina of her birth, and her culture. Learn more about her enduring act of aloha and the legacy which is Kamehameha Schools.