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Our admissions policy

Admission preference to Hawaiian applicants

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha’s Ho‘oulu Verification Services.

If your child is not already registered with the Verification Services, you may request a Hawaiian Ancestry Registry (HAR) form to start the ancestry process. You may call the Verification Services at (808) 523-6228, or toll-free at 1-800-842-4682 to ask questions or for a HAR form. Please do not submit any original birth certificates to the Admissions Office.



Admission preference to orphans and indigents

At our major entry points, up to 25% of new spaces are reserved for applicants identified as either orphaned or indigent. As directed by the will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, these children receive additional consideration for admission. However, this does not mean that all orphaned or indigent children are automatically admitted. All applicants are tested and evaluated during the admission process and must demonstrate their ability to be academically successful at Kamehameha Schools.



A child who has lost one or both biological/birth parents through death. Children in single-parent households do not qualify as “orphans” unless the absentee parent is deceased. To verify orphan status, the deceased parent’s death certificate must be submitted, and his/her name must also appear on the child’s birth certificate.



A child whose parents/legal guardians total household income is at or below the 200% U.S. federal poverty guideline (with adjustments for Hawai‘i cost of living) qualifies to be considered indigent for the purposes of Kamehameha Schools (KS) Admissions process. Parents must complete the application for admission and indigent consideration assessment by the stated deadline.

To be assessed, families must submit a copy of their 2020 signed federal tax returns and all schedules. Families who receive government/public assistance must submit a copy of their benefit history statement. The statement must be no older than 6 months from the date of their KS Admissions application. Foster or Ward of Court applicants must submit court documents to verify that the applicant is a foster child or Ward of Court.


Indigent guidelines

Income eligibility guideline are listed below. Families with an annual household income at or below the value corresponding to its household size may qualify as indigent.

200% of federal poverty guidelines (adjusted for Hawai‘i)
Household size Annual household income (2020)
2 $39,660
3 $49,960
4 $60,260
5 $70,560
6 $80,860
7 $91,160
8 $101,460
For each additional family member over 8 add $10,300

In addition, families who are current recipients of SNAP, TANF, WIC or Section 8 governmental public assistance programs that meet the 200% guideline may qualify as indigent. Current recipients are those that have received assistance within six months from the application submission date.

If you are interested in qualifying for Indigent consideration, you must complete the appropriate section in the admissions application and submit all required documents by the stated deadline.

Kamehameha Schools reserves the right to determine whether an applicant qualifies as indigent. Indigent consideration does not guarantee admission to Kamehameha Schools.

Need kōkua?


(808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA and press 3 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.)


Schedule help:

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100