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August 27, 2021

CEO Message: Staying Together

In the past few weeks, we have enthusiastically welcomed back our haumāna. Their joy in being here in person with their kumu, friends, and entire school ‘ohana is incomparable. However, their return also comes at a time of new uncertainties. See story »

August 24, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Duke Kahanamoku – Olympian and ‘Ambassador of Aloha’

This week’s Kūkahekahe column celebrates the birth and life of renown Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku! See story »

August 10, 2021

Lāhui Rising: ʻAumiki’ inspires a new generation of Hawaiian language content creators

The KS educational series “Lāhui Rising” returns in digital form to celebrate the collective hana of people who love and uplift the Hawaiian community. Our See story »

August 3, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Sail to the Kūpuna Islands, Papahānaumokuākea

In this Kūkahekahe article, Lucy Kanoelehua Lee KSK’19 reflects on “the perfect sail” – the Polynesian Voyaging Society training journey to sacred Papahānaumokuākea in June 2021. See story »

July 27, 2021

Pauahi’s treasured memories of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day

To celebrate and honor Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day, we rejoice in the words and remembrances of our beloved Ke Ali‘i Pauahi of that momentous day, and share mea makamae (treasures) from archival sources. See story »

July 20, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Carving a cultural connection

Cultural Specialist Kumulāʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on carving a special kānoa, ʻawa bowl, that was gifted to our Māori partners and extended family at the start of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. See story »

July 6, 2021

A cool summer: Poi smoothie bowl recipe

Here’s a refreshing recipe for those hot summer days, using frozen fruit, poi and the toppings of your choice! See story »

June 28, 2021

He wahi hoʻomanaʻo: Merrie Monarch memories

In this Kūkahekahe, Cultural Planning and Assessment Manager Miala Leong KSK’02 shares treasured memories of her hālau and participation in the annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. See story »

June 8, 2021

Kamehameha Paiʻea created a foundation for a thriving lāhui

Friday is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai‘i. In this Kūkahekahe article, we celebrate Kamehameha – the namesake of our schools and great-grandfather of our founder, Princess Pauahi. See story »

June 7, 2021

World Oceans Day 2021: Find learning resources on KS Digital Holomoana website

The KS Digital Holomoana website offers teachers and learners exciting resources on ocean voyaging and Moananuiākea, made possible by a collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. See story »

June 1, 2021

Gordon ʻUmi Kai: practitioner, artisan and kumu

In this Kūkahekahe Cultural Conversations story, KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on the ‘ike, or knowledge, passed down by his kumu Gordon ‘Umi Kai, a recognized ʻōlohe lua (master of traditional martial arts) and a respected cultural advisor. See story »

May 28, 2021

CEO Message: Appreciation after a year of growth

The end of the school year is upon us. And as it turns out, we were plenty tough enough for this pandemic. The proof is there, and we can be proud. Yet, it seems a little hard to celebrate when we’re still not sure that we can smile our biggest smile or laugh uncontrollably, or even hug. Now we know a pandemic can do that to us, too. See story »

May 25, 2021

Educational series Lāhui Rising returns featuring canoe carver Alika Bumatay

The KS educational series “Lāhui Rising” returns in digital form with a video featuring renown canoe carver Alika Bumatay. See story »

May 19, 2021

Hawaiian Kine Trading Co. wins KS’ Mahi‘ai Scale-up competition

Kamehameha Schools and its partners awarded a total of $135,000 to six local farms and businesses as part of its Mahi‘ai Scale-up business plan competition focused on strengthening Hawai‘i’s food systems. See story »

May 18, 2021

Nā ‘ano hana lei: Types of lei-making

It’s not too late to make or give a lei during this celebratory month! In this Cultural Conversations column, the KS Ho‘okahua Cultural Vibrancy hui shares their knowledge of lei-making that includes a video tutorial on making a hilo-style tī leaf lei! See story »

May 13, 2021

Six growers and gatherers advance to the finals of Mahi‘ai Scale-up competition

From a lo‘i in Waipi‘o Valley to a commercial processing facility in Kaka‘ako, Kamehameha Schools’ Mahi‘ai Scale-up business plan competition finalists come from all sectors of Hawai‘i’s growing local food system. See story »

May 11, 2021

Pahu hula: A resounding legacy

In this Kūkahekahe Cultural Conversations story, KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on the contributions of master carver ʻEtua Turoa Tahauri, renowned for his pahu hula (dance drums). See story »

May 4, 2021

Pacific Conversations: ‘Rapa Nui – Looking to the Future’

The latest episode of Ka‘iwakīloumoku’s virtual talk show “Pacific Conversations” focuses on the dynamic people of Rapa Nui, formerly known as Easter Island. See story »

April 29, 2021

The history of May Day and Lei Day in Hawai‘i

Ever wonder why we celebrate May Day as Lei Day in Hawai‘i? This Cultural Conversations column contributed by KS Cultural Specialist Nanea Armstrong-Wassel gives us a look back at the origins of the annual May 1 celebration. See story »

April 27, 2021

Lei Pua Melia – Plumeria Lei, a favorite adornment in Hawai‘i

In honor of our islands’ upcoming May Day celebration, Kamehameha Schools Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK ’80 strings a special lei of mele and memories of the humble, yet beloved pua melia (plumeria). See story »

April 22, 2021

A mushroom grower, a juice maker and more: Meet this year’s Mahi‘ai Scale-up competitors

All entrants in the 2021 competition will receive free business training and support through KS partnerships with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and The Kohala Center (TKC). See story »

April 20, 2021

Honor Earth Day – Stream the impactful film ‘Eating Up Easter’

The compelling documentary “Eating Up Easter” by filmmaker and Rapanui native Sergio Mataʻu Rapu explores the tensions within Rapa Nui – formerly known as Easter Island – an island community facing the globalizing effects of tourism while trying to protect their culture, identity, and ways of life for future generations. See story »

April 15, 2021

Cook with Ming Tsai and his mākua as part of the HFWF

KS staffers, students and alumni will receive free registration and a discount on a meal kit for a virtual cooking class with award-winning Chef Ming Tsai. See story »

April 13, 2021

‘Ōleloflix – Community collab captions Netflix movies in Hawaiian

Award-winning website allows Netflix subscribers to watch, translate and dub Netflix movies into Hawaiian. See story »


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