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KS Maui students recently received their CPR certification through KS Maui’s Science and Natural Resources Academy – one of four academies that offer students classes based on their career goals and interests. Other academies include Business and Leadership, Information Technology, and Arts and Communication.

KS Maui equips haumāna with critical life-saving skills

Apr. 30, 2019

Twenty-three students from Kamehameha Schools Maui were recently certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through the high school campus’ Science and Natural Resources Academy – one of four academies offered by KS Maui that caters to a student’s career goals and interests.    

KS Maui kumu Malia Panglao included the certification training in her class on Issues in Medicine to give students the ability to respond to medical emergencies, as well as bolster their resume as some jobs require a CPR certification.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an estimated 70% of Americans do not know how to perform CPR while more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital annually.   

The training aligns with a nationwide movement to increase the number of CPR-certified individuals by equipping students with this critical life-saving skill.

To date, 39 states and Washington, D.C., have passed legislation mandating that students receive CPR training prior to graduating high school. Although no bill has been passed in Hawai‘i, KS Maui joins a small number of schools that have offered the training to its students.

Learn more about how to become CPR-certified by visiting AHA’s website.


In addition to CPR training, which included both online and hands-on courses, the students learned how to perform first aid. Both CPR and first aid training were taught by KS Maui’s Education Safety and Risk Specialist Marty Lacio.



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