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October 20, 2020

Tips for a safe and healthy Halloween

Even as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most magical days of the year. To help ensure that you and your keiki have a safe and healthy Hallows’ Eve, we are sharing the following advice from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See story »

September 17, 2020

Pandemic causes uptick in suicide rate among teens

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. None of us wants to believe that our keiki are at risk for suicide. But during this tumultuous time, staying alert to warning signs and talking openly with kids about their feelings are more important than ever. See story »

August 20, 2020

10 tips for parents navigating the ‘new normal’ of distance learning

The statewide surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted Kamehameha Schools and other educational institutions to close their campuses and implement distance learning programs. With that in mind, our Mālama Ola team would like to offer the following suggestions for your ‘ohana as you adjust to the new reality of learning at home. See story »

June 18, 2020

Talking to keiki about racism

As protests over the violent deaths of black Americans dominate the news and social media, many children are feeling scared, confused or angry. Talking to keiki about the turmoil is tough but necessary. Following are some guidelines and valuable resources parents can use to help keiki better understand racism. See story »

May 20, 2020

Caring for your keiki’s mental health during the pandemic and beyond

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In the spirit of raising awareness, Kamehameha Schools behavioral health specialists offer the following suggestions on how to care for your keiki’s emotional health and mental well-being during this difficult time and beyond. See story »

April 23, 2020

Help students feel connected while practicing social distancing

Connectedness refers to having relationships with others who can provide understanding and support. As we practice social distancing, and realize that most public places have closed, educators need to get creative to help students feel connected. See story »

April 16, 2020

Fostering a sense of safety

A sense of safety is the belief that your needs—and the needs of those you care about—will be met. It is a belief that you will be protected from harm and that those around you will be safe.
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April 9, 2020

Prioritize relationships, well-being before checking on compliance

In shifts to distance learning, educators will need to actively focus on maintaining attitudes of inclusivity. Now more than ever, students should feel valued and welcome regardless of their background or identity. See story »

April 7, 2020

The importance of self-care in the time of COVID-19

When you’re a parent, self-care is often your last priority. But as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for yourself is more important now than ever. See story »

April 2, 2020

Establishing a routine and maintaining clear communication are crucial

Maintaining and communicating predictable routines is very important. Doing so helps students to maintain a sense of psychological safety—a sense that they can manage stress or connect with someone who can help them manage stress. See story »

March 15, 2020

KS Kapālama will begin Spring Break early in response to COVID-19 developments

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama will begin spring break earlier than scheduled in response to the developing COVID-19 situation. Spring break will now commence on Tuesday, March 17. Haumāna are scheduled to return to school on April 6 unless otherwise instructed.
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March 11, 2020

The important role of sleep in student well-being

Sleep is an essential part of a child’s daily routine and a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. The proper amount of sleep at night can help students stay focused, improve concentration and enhance academic performance. See story »

February 13, 2020

Protecting our keiki from online predators

The thought of someone using online gaming, social media or other Internet platforms to harm your keiki may be hard to stomach, but it’s an unfortunate reality of today’s modern world. See story »

January 15, 2020

Setting healthy New Year’s resolutions with your keiki

Learning how to set and achieve goals is a necessary life skill for success. Many of us ring in the new year by making resolutions, however studies show that only about 8% of us achieve our goals! See story »

December 13, 2019

Reducing holiday stress for your keiki

The holiday season is about aloha, gift-giving and gathering with friends and family – but the frenetic festivities can be nerve-wracking, not just for adults but for keiki as well. Remember, holidays do not have to be perfect. See story »

November 18, 2019

How to handle bullying

KS is committed to providing a learning environment free from all types of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, hazing or violence that may interfere with a student’s ability to learn and enjoy his or her educational experience. If you are a student who has been bullied, a parent of a bullied child, or witness to a bullying incident, please tell a kumu, an administrator, or report it via the See story »

October 25, 2019

KS cultivates a culture of safety

Crystal Busey – senior director of Enterprise Safety and Student Well-Being – shares details on KS’ Hi‘ikua Student Helpline that helps students and their families report well-being or safety concerns. See story »

October 24, 2019

Learn how to play it safe on the playground

Alan Abara – a KS Kapālama Safety and Risk specialist and certified playground inspector – shares valuable tips on how to keep keiki safe. See story »

October 23, 2019

KS Safety and Risk staffers promote lab safety

KS Kapālama Education Safety and Risk Specialist George Iuta explains how his team helps budding young scientists and science kumu steer clear of hazards in campus laboratories, and how readers can implement similar safety practices at home. See story »

October 22, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: Youth vaping: What you need to know

E-cigarettes – or vapes – have been around for more than a decade, but only in recent years has their use reached epidemic levels among youth. See story »

October 22, 2019

KS fosters a winning athletic wellness program

The safety of our keiki is a top priority at Kamehameha Schools. In observance of Safe Schools Week, we will share advice about school safety from dedicated members of our KS employee ‘ohana. See story »

October 21, 2019

Ho‘oikaika Partnership highlighted at Maui well-being conference

With the goal of creating an “even playing field” for empathy toward and understanding of the complex issues affecting communities today, the recent Ho‘oikaika Conference brought together attendees from community-focused organizations dedicated to uplifting the lāhui. See story »

October 21, 2019

KS Security fosters a safe place to learn

The safety of our keiki is among the top priorities at Kamehameha Schools. In observance of Safe Schools Week, we will share advice about school safety from our KS employee ‘ohana. See story »

September 25, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: Suicide prevention is a kākou effort

According to a recent survey, 30% of Hawai‘i high school students reported experiencing chronic sadness over the past year, 16% seriously considered suicide, and 10% attempted suicide. The rates were even higher for middle schoolers. See story »

August 20, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: The Back-to-School Reset

Easing children into a new school year can be challenging. Get tips on how to support your child’s transition back to school in this health and wellness column, brought to you by the KS Health Services Department – See story »

July 26, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute:  A heads up on concussions

Learn how to spot and treat a concussion and how KS and its staff support the healing process. See story »

June 27, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute:  Heat-related illnesses… Keep cool this summer

Hawai‘i temperatures have been hitting record highs, increasing the risk for heat-related illnesses including heat rash, sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The good news is that all of these illnesses are 100% preventable. See story »

May 30, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute:  Substance Abuse Prevention

Graduation season is here! Over the next few weeks, thousands of teens across Hawaiʻi will be celebrating this joyous milestone surrounded by loved ones. It is also a time to think about safety and how to celebrate responsibly. How do we ensure that the promising lives of our youth are not abruptly cut short by an accident that could have been prevented? See story »

April 26, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: The importance of vaccinating your keiki

This Mālama Ola Minute focuses on the importance of vaccinating your keiki. Learn some positive parenting practices, including how to decide on vaccines based on scientific evidence, in this column brought to you by the KS Health Services Department - Mālama Ola (To Care for Life). See story »

March 29, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: Teen depression and suicide prevention

This Mālama Ola Minute focuses on teen depression and suicide prevention. Learn some positive parenting practices, including how to talk to your teen about anxiety and depression, in this column brought to you by the KS Health Services Department - Mālama Ola (To Care for Life). See story »

February 26, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: Sexual health and well-being in teens

Parents have the greatest influence over their children’s decisions about sex – more than friends, siblings, or the media. Talking with teens about sex-related topics – including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy – is a positive parenting practice. See story »

January 9, 2019

Mālama Ola Minute: Tips on Positive Parenting

The Mālama Ola Minute is a new monthly series brought to you by Kamehameha Schools’ Mālama Ola Division to increase awareness, promote discussion, and offer tools regarding the health, safety and well-being issues faced by our haumāna and their families. See story »

October 22, 2018

KS provides insight, tips during Safe Schools Week

Students, families, officials, faculty and policymakers across the nation are collaborating to ensure that our schools are safe environments for learning. See story »



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