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Dec. 7, 2022

Alum Bailey Onaga Is Revitalizing the Community Through Public Art

Bailey Onaga, KSM’09, has been making a name for herself as a muralist and public artist. The work of this ʻōiwi leader can be seen everywhere from the streets of Wailuku to Maui beach parks.

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Nov. 30, 2022

Uncovering Moʻokūʻauhau: Workshops Equip Haumāna & Community With Research Tools

KS Maui Librarians Geri Kimoto and Kumu Ketra Arcas introduced haumāna and the community to Hawaiian database resources to assist those eager to research their own genealogies.

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Nov. 21, 2022

Kūkahekahe: Makahiki 2022

Lonoikamakahiki! In this Kūkahekahe article, we share resources and past stories about Makahiki to celebrate this Hawaiian season of gratitude and peace.

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Nov. 17, 2022

The Wind & The Reckoning: Lindsay Watson’s newest film revives the story of a Hawaiian heroine

KS Maui alum Lindsay Watson’s newest film tells the story of Hawaiian heroine Piʻilani fighting to keep her family intact as Native Hawaiians who contract leprosy are exiled to Kalaupapa.

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Nov. 10, 2022

Mahalo for Your Service: KS Maui Alumni Embody Alakaʻi Lawelawe

A cadre of KS Maui alumni have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we gathered reflections from a few of our graduates about alakaʻi lawelawe — servant leadership — embodied by our founder Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

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Nov. 7, 2022

Recent KSM graduate overcomes adversity and becomes rising alakaʻi

Student-athlete and alaka‘i Kale Spencer KSM’22 has overcome adversity and excelled in academics to become an ‘ōiwi leader who would make Ke Ali‘I Pauahi proud.

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Nov. 3, 2022

Building Strong Relationships Through Moʻolelo

Wā Moʻolelo, centered around the Kamehameha Schools Maui value of pilina, is a monthly opportunity for K-5 haumāna to meet different groups of leaders, kumu, and even Māhele Luna (6-12) students from across the Maui campus. Each class receives a visitor who reads from a story special to them.

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Oct. 20, 2022

Words Heard ‘Round the World: KS Maui Poets Gain Global Audience

Twenty-five student poets from Kamehameha Schools Maui had their poems published in the international Young Writers’ Empowered — Dare to Dream poetry anthology. KS Maui had the most poets represented from a single school in the collection. From right to left: Freshmen Ella Lei Kawailani Cashman, Leihaliʻa Bulusan, Kaylia Gomes-Hema, Lilinoe Peterson and Kumu Robin Prais.

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Oct. 18, 2022

Statewide voter engagement events scheduled ahead of the upcoming general election

Kamehameha Schools and other Native Hawaiian-serving organizations have organized a series of events to promote the importance of voter turnout and civic engagement.

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Oct. 13, 2022

Every Friday the Fashion of Our Kūpuna Comes Back to Life

The Puʻu Muʻumuʻu Project, started by Kumu Hulali DeLima, has grown into a massive collection of aloha wear thanks to local designers like Sig Zane, Manuhealiʻi, Kealopiko and community donations. Every Friday, haumāna connect with their kūpuna by wearing the clothes they wore.

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Sept. 29, 2022

Reviving Traditional Place Names One Sign at a Time

Kamehameha Schools Maui haumāna helped bless a new ahupaʻa sign that identifies the traditional name of the land where the school resides. For years KS Maui has worked to help revive the use of ʻAʻapueo as the place name of our community.

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Sept. 22, 2022

ʻĀina-Based Learning Helps Haumāna Grow Deep Roots to the Land

Alexis Kageyama joins Māhele Lalo as the new science kumu and hopes to tie in ʻāina-based learning with her overall science curriculum. Kageyama’s move to this new position is part of a much larger campus-wide focus on ʻāina-based learning.

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Sept. 15, 2022

Athletes Demonstrate ʻŌiwi Leadership at Kīpaipai Fridays

Kīpaipai Fridays is a weekly opportunity for high school athletes to cheer on their younger Kamehameha Schools Maui siblings as they arrive for a new school day — helping to build pilina between students and leadership skills of athletes.

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Sept. 8, 2022

For Kumu, By Kumu: Designing Hawaiian Culture-Based Professional Development

Kaʻaikuahiwi is a multi-year initiative geared toward giving kumu the tools that they need to make Hawaiian Culture-Based Education a reality in every classroom. A group of kumu are designing professional development courses to support our kumu’s mission to nurture ʻōiwi leaders.

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Sept. 6, 2022

From humble beginnings to world-class school: KS Maui kumu look back

In honor of the more than 40 KS Maui staffers celebrating Service Awards milestones this year, a handful of kumu recall the humble beginnings of their campus as a tiny K-3 school in a few houses overlooking the Pukalani Golf Course to a world-class K-12 campus in the shadow of Haleakalā.

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Sept. 1, 2022

Haumāna Remember Hawaiʻi’s Last Reigning Aliʻi

Haumāna from across the KS Maui campus wrote letters to Queen Liliʻuokalani in honor of her 184th birthday that will be delivered to ʻIolani Palace. Haumāna at Māhele Lalo (K-5) will hold a celebration of mele and hula in her honor, as will the haumāna at Māhele Luna (6-8).

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Aug. 24, 2022

New College & Career Counselors Span Every Grade Level

In an ambitious push by KS Maui to boost college readiness, college and career counselors spanning kindergarten through senior year will be working with haumāna and their ʻohana in preparing them for every aspect of life after KS Maui.

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Aug. 11, 2022

Hālau ʻŌiwi: A personalized & experiential approach to kula

Hālau ʻŌiwi, a pilot learning model for KS Maui’s sixth-graders, involves content area teachers working as a hui to make their specific subjects come alive through the same experiential, hands-on projects.

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Aug. 4, 2022

Haumāna Breathe New Life Into Traditional Moʻolelo

Moʻolelo Mondays, a project led by KS Maui haumāna in advance of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Australia, offers audiences a chance to hear traditional moʻolelo from Mary Kawena Pukui’s famed classic He Mau Kaʻao Hawaiʻi: Folktales of Hawaiʻi.

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May 2, 2022

Haumāna eager to celebrate their Hawaiian heritage at KS Maui’s ʻAha Mele

The excitement is building at KS Maui, with the campus ready to welcome back a live audience this week for ʻAha Mele after last year’s virtual event and the cancellation of the 2020 song competition.

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March 10, 2022

Dr. Scott Parker Named to Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools

We are proud to announce that Kamehameha Schools Maui Poʻo Kula, Dr. Scott K. Parker, has been named to the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

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Sept. 29, 2021

KS students honored as National Group Youth Advocates of the Year

KSK seniors Joshua Ching and Logan Lau, KSM junior Aubrey Ahana and KSH freshman Julie Nacionales serve on the Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Youth Council which received national recognition for its work with local leaders to protect kids and vulnerable communities from the harmful effects of tobacco.

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