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June 18, 2024

ASU Local, KS Kaiāulu gear up for 2nd year of higher ed learning in West Hawaiʻi

Applications are being accepted now for the fall semester of ASU Local, in partnership with KS Kaiāulu. The four-year higher education program is based out of Keauhou in West Hawaiʻi, but with asynchronous classes being conducted online, students across Hawaiʻi pae ʻāina are welcome to enroll.

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June 17, 2024

Make Music Day 2024 on ʻĀina Pauahi

Make Music Day Hawaiʻi, which is part of a worldwide music celebration, is back this year on June 21. There are numerous places to celebrate across Hawaiʻi pae ʻāina, including at some of our commercial properties on ʻĀina Pauahi.

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June 3, 2024

FestPAC showcases Pacific leadership, native excellence

The legacy of our aliʻi showcases their strategic leadership and enduring impact on Pacific culture and unity.

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May 30, 2024

Indigenous excellence celebrated at upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture

For the first time ever, the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders, is being held in Hawaiʻi pae ʻāina. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-generation cultural exchange from June 6-16, 2024.

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May 22, 2024

Alaska Natives honor Kamehameha Schools cultural leader and ties to Moananuiākea

Kamehameha Schools Executive Cultural Officer Randie Fong, Ed.D. is honored with the Tribal Ally Award by the Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. This recognition is another example of the deepening pilina between Alaska and Hawaiʻi Indigenous Peoples.

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May 14, 2024

Latest issue of I Mua magazine focuses on Lahaina recovery and more

I Mua magazine 2024, Issue 1 is out online and in your home. This edition includes manaʻo from alumni who have demonstrated great resilience after the devastating Lahaina fire.

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May 9, 2024

Muʻo Scholarship recipient excels in early learning degree program  

The Muʻo Scholarship program, an early education college degree program partnership between Kamehameha Schools Kaiāulu and Chaminade University of Honolulu is making a big impact in its inaugural year. And a Hawaiʻi Island preschool kumu is just one example of the program’s early 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 8, 2024

Retired KS kumu to join National Teachers Hall of Fame

Joel Truesdell worked at the Kapālama and Hawaiʻi campuses for 34 years.

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March 12, 2024

This year’s Kauikeaouli Festival invites kānaka to connect with ʻāina

A three-day community celebration honoring Kamehameha III will be held at Keauhou Bay this weekend.

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March 3, 2024

Lenten weekly video devotionals: Week 3

How does God show up in your life? KS Kapālama’s Rodney Arias asks us to recognize His holy presence during this season.

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Oct. 16, 2023

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi haumāna is championing mental health awareness on campus and on-screen

Sophomore Ziona Launiu supports her peers as a member of the Young Leaders Council for the “My Life. Just Listen.” campaign

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July 19, 2023

Tropical Storm Calvin Update #2 – KS Hawaiʻi Island operations to resume July 20

Kamehameha Schools’ campus, preschools and offices on Hawaiʻi Island will resume operations tomorrow, July 20.

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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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May 18, 2023

Michelle Kaʻuhane selected as Kamehameha Schools trustee

The state Probate Court has selected Michelle Kaʻuhane KSK’86 as the newest member of the Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees.

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May 18, 2023

KS Kaiāulu, Arizona State University partner to host a new pathway to college

In an effort to provide students a way to get a bachelor’s degree without leaving their home community, Arizona State Univeristy and Kamehameha Schools Kaiāulu are partnering to host a new pathway to college, ASU Local, with the blessing of a newly-renovated space that is housing the first site the state.

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May 4, 2023

Kamehameha Schools’ longstanding commitment to early learning leads to 150 new full-tuition college scholarships

Kamehameha Schools and Chaminade University have forged an innovative and community-focused partnership to educate, train and prepare aspiring early learning kumu through 150 full-tuition Muʻo scholarships. Muʻo means “to bud” and the name of the scholarship reflects the focus on taking care of keiki at the beginning of their educational journey.

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April 25, 2023

ʻO Kahaluʻu Kahi o nā Hālau Lololo Kahaluʻu, a place of intelligence

Righting the mistakes of the past, an intimate gathering of lineal descendants from the ahupuaʻa of Kahaluʻu Ma Kai on Hawaiʻi Island greeted the sun for a new day – a new promise. The recent piko ceremony held on Piko Wakea, the spring equinox – a time of transition and focusing on things to put back in balance – helped them to heal, find closure to what once was their home, and to celebrate a new way forward.

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April 13, 2023

Stronger communities and deeper cultural connections are the heart of new initiative: KS Kaiāulu

A new logo reflects an exciting initiative: KS Kaiāulu – a new way for us to engage with keiki and ʻohana in the kaiāulu (community).

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April 3, 2023

Ka Pōʻalima Maikaʻi - Good Friday

He ʻoiaʻiʻo nō, ʻo ke Keiki nō kēia a ke Akua!  Truly, this is the Son of God!

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March 15, 2023

Tribute celebrates Ka Lani Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III

Kamehameha Schools will celebrate the 22nd annual Kauikeaouli Festival – a birthday tribute to Kamehameha III – with a free ʻaha mele (concert) and cultural activities on March 17-18 at the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

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Dec. 2, 2022

Advent week 2 – Sharing peace with those in need

KS Hawai‘i Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77 and Keiki Kahu Cheyenne Sato KSH’23 lean on the words of Isaiah to share the true meaning of Christmas.

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Oct. 10, 2022

Rare plant thought to be extinct discovered on KS Hawai‘i Island land

Kamehameha Schools, the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources and Three Mountain Alliance discovered a small population of Delissea argutidentata, a plant thought to be extinct in the wild.

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April 4, 2022

Fore! KS Hawai‘i Golf Team helps reopen Volcano Golf Course

Hawai‘i Island’s first and oldest golf course is now open for play. Kama‘āina rates for a walking round of golf are $36 on weekdays and $40 on weekends.

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Jan. 4, 2022

Kamehameha Schools acquires Kahuku Ranch in Ka‘ū

The 656-acre property provides KS with a greater strategic presence in the southern tip of Hawai‘i island.

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Oct. 8, 2021

COVID-19 changes for the Second Semester (starting Jan. 4, 2022)

Mahalo nui i nā haumāna, nā ʻohana, a me nā limahana o Ke Kula ʻo Kamehameha no kā ʻoukou hana poʻokela ma ka hapahā mua o kēia makahiki, ma ka hoʻopalekana ʻana i kā mākou mau keiki, a no ka hoʻoikaika mau me ka lōkahi. Thank you to our Kamehameha Schools students, families and staff, for your amazing work this First Quarter, for keeping our keiki safe, and for staying strong and together. We are truly blessed and deeply grateful.

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Oct. 6, 2021

Applying to Kamehameha Schools just got easier

The new ʻOhana Portal provides families up-to-date information on the status of their applications for K-12 campus programs, preschools and a summer learning opportunities.

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Sept. 13, 2021

Summer experiences create enduring cultural lessons for keiki

From Hawaiian healing techniques to the farm-to-table movement, haumāna explored cultural activities and ʻāina-based education offered through a new collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and community partners this summer.

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Aug. 10, 2021

Free virtual concert celebrates the legacy of Kamehameha III

After a year hiatus, the Kauikeaouli Festival is back, this time with a virtual twist. Gather with ohana and friends in the comfort of your home, Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. for a virtual ‘aha mele (concert) featuring the sights and sounds of Moku o Keawe.

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