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Dec. 14, 2023

2023 Founder’s Day ceremonies: How to take part

Across the pae ʻāina, the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana will gather to honor Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop and celebrate her birth and legacy.

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Dec. 13, 2023

Latest edition of I Mua magazine celebrates the making of mele

The latest edition of I Mua magazine is loaded with great content, including a behind-the-scenes look at Song Contest, Hōʻike and ʻAha Mele, the three flagship events at the three KS campuses.

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Dec. 11, 2023

Conference boosts KS’ security knowledge and threat response

Tri-campus safety and student well-being leaders attended active shooter response training to learn how to mitigate, prevent and respond to critical incidents.

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Dec. 6, 2023

KS in the news: December 2023 edition

From volleyball courts to European halls, Kamehameha Schools haumāna carry our values wherever they go.

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Nov. 15, 2023

Kamehameha Schools haumāna receive National Merit recognition

As a result of their academic success, six KS Hawaiʻi students and two KS Kapālama students have been recognized by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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Nov. 8, 2023

KS in the news: November edition

Kamehameha Schools students, alumni and staffers are making far-reaching impacts. From standout athletes to determined researchers, our people are inspiring communities near and far. Check out the latest “KS in the news” roundup to read more.

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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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Sept. 18, 2023

Student voices: traveling with Kamehameha Schools - a journey of discovery and friendship

For KS Hawaiʻi high school seniors Amy Gushiken and Kalena Launiu, the unique travel opportunity to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands has transformed their lives and perspectives in profound ways.

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Sept. 5, 2023

KS Maui haumāna receive support from KS Kapālama haumāna

The Associated Students of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama presented over $11,000 in donations raised for KS Maui ‘ohana directly impacted by the wildfires. KS Maui students and their ‘ohana have been donating their own time and resources to recovery efforts too.

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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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July 25, 2023

KS in the news: July 2023 edition

Our Kamehameha Schools organization, haumāna and alumni have garnered news coverage in recent weeks for excellence in ʻōiwi leadership, ʻāina stewardship and Hawaiian culture-based education.

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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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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 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 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 10, 2023

Merrie Monarch, Hilo’s world-renowned hula festival celebrates kanaono makahiki - 60 years

Hilo town on the east side of Hawai‘i, Moku o Keawe, comes alive each year with a spectacular celebration of Hawaiian culture that now has thousands of fans around the world. The Merrie Monarch Festival honors Hawai‘i’s seventh mō‘ī, King Kalākaua, a pivotal supporter of the revival of Hawaiian traditions in the late 1800s after decades of suppression, disapproval, and even illegality.

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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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Feb. 27, 2023

KS collaboration aimed at boosting early learning workforce

Kamehameha Schools is helping to promote careers in early childhood education through collaborations that provide University of Hawaiʻi students with hands-on experience at preschool sites.

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Dec. 12, 2022

2022 Founder’s Day ceremonies announced

This year marks the 191st anniversary of the birth of Princess Pauahi, with Founder’s Day ceremonies taking place across the pae ʻāina.

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Nov. 8, 2022

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins descends on KSH Nov. 17

Cherry Tree Lane meets Keaʻau next week as KS Hawaiʻi’s Hōʻike A Haʻi Performing Arts Club present their fall musical, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, at William Charles Lunalilo Center Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.

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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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Sept. 20, 2022

Pāhana I Mana - Native Hawaiian Youth Voting Advocacy

Senior Cheyenne Sato hopes to inspire more of her peers and other Native Hawaiian youth to vote with her senior legacy project.

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June 15, 2022

Naeʻole-Wong testifies at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing

KS Hawaiʻi Po‘o Kula Kāhealani Nae‘ole-Wong was among the KS alumni who testified at a recent Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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June 1, 2022

Read named KS Health Services director

E ho‘omaika‘i to Nicole Read who was recently named Health Services director for Kamehameha Schools. Prior to her new post, Read was interim director and Health Services manager at Hale Ola at KS Kapālama.

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May 3, 2022

KS kumu earn national recertification

Thirteen KS educators on three campuses recently earned recertification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards bringing the number of certified educators at KS to 79.

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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. 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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