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May 24, 2024

Kamehameha Schools graduates aim to empower lāhui wherever they go

Kamehameha Schools graduates face the dilemma of staying or going away for college, illustrating a wider narrative of balancing cultural roots and professional aspirations.

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May 20, 2024

Maui haumāna dominate national video competition

At this year’s Student Television Network National Convention, Kamehameha Schools Maui haumāna once again demonstrated their media prowess and won multiple awards.

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May 16, 2024

KS Maui Māhele Lalo haumāna celebrate return of hōʻike by honoring ancestors

After a four-year hiatus, Ka Hōʻike returns to the ʻAʻapueo campus on Friday, May 17.

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May 14, 2024

KS in the news: Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus draws nearly 1,000 people to free community concert on Maui

KS haumāna are shining on the stage, field, and court, gaining national attention and scholarships!

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May 13, 2024

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama’s first AA graduates: Where are they now?

Through the dual credit program with Hawaiʻi Pacific University, KS haumāna start their college education early, saving their families tens of thousands of dollars on tuition.

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May 9, 2024

Kumu appreciation week: ʻIke Hawaiʻi inspires next wave of Kapālama scientists and stewards

Bethany Kimokeo pioneers a Hawaiian language marine science course at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, moving the needle of ʻike Hawaiʻi in the classroom.

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May 8, 2024

Kumu appreciation week: Embracing creativity and E Ola! at Kamehameha Schools Maui

Kamehameha Schools Maui kumu Robin Prais fosters growth mindsets through innovative teaching methods that contribute to students’ success.

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May 7, 2024

Kumu Appreciation Week: Student empowerment and identity drive education innovation at KS Hawaiʻi

At Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, teachers like Kaipo Bowman-Tam and leilani portillo are bridging traditional teaching methods with innovative approaches to empower students.

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April 30, 2024

KS Kapālama senior takes home top photojournalism award

KS Kapālama senior Kaydn Ito snapped a compelling photo of dueling demonstrations in New York City, which earned him top honors at the National High School Journalism Convention. He wasn’t the only KS haumāna to receive honors there.

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April 29, 2024

Harvesting heritage: Native crops thrive at Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools Maui empowers haumāna with hands-on ʻāina education with a focus on native crops, fostering pono environmental stewardship and cultural connection.

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Feb. 26, 2024

Social Spark program inspires Kapālama haumāna to be pono content creators

KS Kapālama students join the Social Spark fellowship program to become authentic and positive digital creators while promoting community engagement.

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Feb. 12, 2024

Kamehameha Schools’ panelists champion equitable education at national conference

Leaders from KS share innovative initiatives and spark a national dialogue about educator development.

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Jan. 16, 2024

KS seniors amp up for epic showdown at annual Polynesian Bowl in Kapālama

Two KS Kapālama seniors were selected to play in the 2024 Polynesian Bowl at Kūnuiākea Stadium on January 19.

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Dec. 4, 2023

Envisioning the role of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in self-determination

Lāhui Rising panel discussion series at Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center explores different aspects of ea – self-determination.

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Nov. 8, 2023

Service over self: How KS Maui alumni became leaders in the Space Force

KS Maui graduates Cody Felipe KSM’08 and Erin Lindsey KSM’14 navigate the challenges of serving in the military with leadership skills they learned on campus.

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Oct. 2, 2023

KS Maui kumu receives outpouring of aloha upon her return to campus

KS Maui kindergarten kumu Cathy Honda KSK’82, who lost her home in the Maui wildfires, received an outpouring of aloha when she returned to campus.

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Sept. 25, 2023

KS Maui football players represent more than their school on the field

Four KSM Maui varsity football players share manaʻo about representing, not just their kula, but also West Maui, where they’re from.

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Sept. 18, 2023

Standing together with our Maui community

Several Kamehameha Schools employees with deep roots and connections to Lahaina are now focusing their work on the healing and recovery ahead for Maui. Together, they allowed KS to respond to urgent needs and deploy resources immediately.

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Sept. 12, 2023

Social Spark program helps build next generation of ‘ōiwi digital creators

Five Kamehameha Schools haumāna embarked on a transformative journey through the inaugural Social Spark fellowship program. Designed to bridge a connection between the classroom and the spirit of ʻĀina Pauahi, this program nurtured young minds in a controlled and safe setting for social media, digital content development, and entrepreneurship.

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Sept. 11, 2023

KS Maui haumāna and ‘ohana receive support from lāhui

Support continues to pour in KS Maui haumāna and ʻohana affected by the wildfires. The Kamehameha Schools Resource Center in Wailuku as well as the Keōpūolani Hale on campus have been instrumental in those efforts.

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Sept. 11, 2023

Kamehameha Schools ‘ālapa haumāna program fosters excellence on and off the field

The world-class athletics program at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama is molding haumāna into alakaʻi through its E Ola! approach rooted in ʻōiwi culture and character development.

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Aug. 24, 2023

Kamehameha Schools limahana, alums support Maui Ola benefit concert

Using the power of mele to heal and restore, a lāhui-driven effort resulted in a hugely successful Maui Ola concert, benefitting those impacted by the Maui wildfires.

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Aug. 11, 2023

CEO Message: Our heartfelt aloha for Maui

Our heartfelt aloha goes out to the island of Maui, to all its residents, and to every member of our extended Kamehameha Schools ʻohana affected by the devastating wildfires.

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Aug. 7, 2023

KS alum, hoa hana wins major breakdance competition

KS budget and awards analyst Jeff Kaʻimi Naʻauao Wong KSK’08 has won the Red Bull BC One Midwest Cypher breakdancing competition, earning one of 16 coveted spots in the Red Bull National Final later this month. Wong, whose B-boy name is Ark, is believed to be the first kānaka ʻōiwi to win at this level.

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July 27, 2023

YOUR gift. YOUR legacy: Teresa Makuakāne-Drechsel KSK’71

Realizing the growing need to help even more Native Hawaiians, Teresa Makuakāne-Drechsel KSK’71 gives to the Pauahi Foundation through multiple streams to ensure future generations of haumāna are supported.

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July 27, 2023

Feed The Hunger Fund receives more than $1 million to invest in small-scale food entrepreneurs

Feed The Hunger Fund this week announced $260,000 in awards to three small-scale food entrepreneurs as part of a financial collaboration with Hawai‘i Pacific Health and Kamehameha Schools totaling more than $1 million. Hawaiʻi Pacific Health and Kamehameha Schools each provided $525,000, mainly in loans, to Feed The Hunger Fund, which helps create access to opportunity and funding for greater food security and sustainability.

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July 18, 2023

ʻAha ʻAina – A recipe for success: Growing food, farmers, and businesses

In the ʻili of Waipao in Koʻolaupoko, Papahana Kuaola, a non-profit that stewards and cultivates this ʻili was the site for ʻAha ʻAina, Poi for the People – a fundraiser and benefit for Kamehameha Schools Mahiʻai Match-up and the Mahiʻai Scholarship. The event was a recipe for success: Growing food, farmers, and food system entrepreneurs to improve food security for Hawaiʻi.

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June 30, 2023

Kona Village Resort’s reopening on ʻĀina Pauahi celebrated

Twelve years after sustaining catastrophic damage from the tsunami triggered by a 9.0 earthquake in Japan, the restored Kona Village Resort situated on ʻĀina Pauahi in Ka‘ūpūlehu is poised to welcome guests again after a traditional Native Hawaiian dedication ceremony.

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June 21, 2023

Kamehameha Schools ʻālapa haumāna take part in tri-campus summit

Dozens of haumāna from all three campuses recently took part in an athletics leadership summit. The gathering served as an opportunity to build pilina across the campuses and further develop ʻōiwi leadership skills.

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June 7, 2023

Food systems entrepreneurs sought to participate in 2023 Mahi‘ai Match-Up

Kamehameha Schools is putting out a kāhea for food systems entrepreneurs to apply for Mahi‘ai Match-up, a program that aims to grow and develop food systems-related businesses.

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