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Building the economy of the future

We believe that a community’s well-being is tied to the health of its economy. We will advocate for paths that lead to sustainable communities and healthy natural and social environments for our keiki.


A keiki’s living environment impacts their ability to learn. Many families are struggling to survive as the price of housing increases year after year. Every child deserves a home where they can grow and thrive.

Finding a Home Shouldn’t Be a Burden

Housing is a Hawai‘i family’s greatest expense, averaging $1,362/month for a 2 bedroom apartment.1

57% of Hawai‘i renters and 30% of homeowners were housing burdened in 2015, meaning they spent at least 30% of their income on housing.2

Hawai‘i’s rate of homelessness is nearly 3X the national average.3

How we support housing Hawai‘i’s families:

  • Delivering 1,350 new dwelling units, including 456 kama‘āina housing units priced for local families, over the past 5 years in O‘ahu's urban core.
  • Working on plans to deliver 8,000 to 10,000 new homes in the urban core of O‘ahu over the next 10-20 years with the support of community, development, and government partners.

Climate Change

Island societies like Hawai‘i are being disproportionately impacted by climate change. In order to mālama honua and protect our keiki, Kamehameha Schools is taking action to support green innovation and prepare our communities for the future.

The Case for Climate Action

In 2019 alone, 135 record high temperatures were logged across Hawai‘i.4

According to a report put together by numerous federal agencies, sea levels could rise by as much as 4 feet by 2100.5

Under the most severe sea level rise projections, Hawai‘i would incur $19 billion in economic loss.6

How we are fighting climate change:

  • Developing renewable energy projects that can power up to 32,500 homes in Hawai‘i annually.
  • Participating in the Hawai‘i Green Growth Initiative to work collectively for a more sustainable future.
  • Advocating that Congress recognize and elevate the traditional cultural knowledge of indigenous peoples as a significant resource in devising federal climate change policy solutions.

1 Aloha United Way. “ALICE: A Study of Financial hardship in Hawai‘i.” (2017): 29, 63.
2 Ibid.
3 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.”
4 Nina Wu. “More than 270 record high temperatures, ties recorded in Hawaii in 2019” Star-Advertiser, (December 31, 2019):
5 U.S. Global Change Research Program. “Climate Science Special Report.”
6 U.S. Global Change Research Program.”Fourth National Climate Assessment.”

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