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KS leaders in SP2020 planning efforts gather at Kaʻiwakīlomoku on Jan. 29 for a Mahalo Gathering with CEO Jack Wong.

Mahalo for your steadiness as we prepare for change

A message from the CEO

Apr. 1, 2015

  • Jack Wong

Aloha mai kākou!
As we prepare for a new fiscal year and the official launch of SP2020, I wanted to take a moment to mahalo all of you for your steadiness and contributions as we prepare for change.

This is an exciting and unique time for Kamehameha Schools, and I thank you for your continued patience and support. Last November I made the first announcement about realigning the structure of our organization. The purpose of this realignment is to best position Kamehameha Schools for transforming our operations to accomplish the trustees’ vision of a thriving Lāhui.

Although decisions about the new executive positions are still pending, I am encouraged by the progress we have made. I anticipate being able to announce some of my decisions in a few weeks. I am appreciative that you are continuing the good work you do during this period of transition.

I also want to mahalo you for your involvement—either direct or indirect—toward the action planning efforts of the past six months. The action planning teams led an intense process that spanned five months of meetings, planning and negotiation. The purpose of the teams was to move the organization from strategy and goals on paper to action plans for implementation. More than 130 KS employees were involved in the cross-functional efforts, contributing their valuable experience, deep networks and innovative ideas.

The teams generated more than 150 recommendations, which were categorized and organized into recommended Actions. Over the past several months, KS executives and leaders worked to focus the most pressing and time-sensitive of those into Ten Initial Actions that will focus our work and guide our organization over the next two years. We’ve been sharing these actions in group meetings, and will highlight a few of them in our next message.

It takes great discipline to be able to sustain day-to-day operations while simultaneously initiating org-wide change. Please accept my sincere mahalo for your input and help to continue moving forward. As we work together, we will be able to embrace the upcoming changes and improved capacity to better serve our Native Hawaiian learners.
Me ka mahalo nui,
Jack Wong



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