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Kamehameha Schools Mauiʻs Hālau 'O Kapikohānaiāmālama serviced just over 200 middle school haumāna in grades 6-8 during the summer 2017 program. This video shares some highlights from this summerʻs session. The program will expand in 2018 to include offerings for high school and grades 3-5. Updates and information available at

New grade levels, new courses this summer at KS Maui

Feb. 12, 2018

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

As Kamehameha Schools Mauiʻs summer school program, Hālau ‘O Kapikohānaiāmālama, enters its second year, the program has expanded from grades 6-8 to serve grades 3-12.

Hālau ‘O Kapikohānaiāmālama means the life source that feeds and nourishes and features a  standards-based curricula that incorporates group and individual projects, challenging ‘āina experiences and an ‘Ōiwi STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) direction. The vision is to provide a learning experience that empowers a native Hawaiian worldview and identity, increase academic ability, and nurture individual learner potential.

Current Kamehameha Schools students, and students attending the State of Hawaiʻi DOE, public charter schools and other private institutions who are entering grades 3-12 in the fall of 2018 are eligible to apply for Hālau ‘O Kapikohānaiāmālama.

Elementary and middle school programs are full-day experiences. High school students can elect morning, afternoon, or full-day courses. Class sizes are limited to ensure optimal teacher-to-student ratios.

Among the new offerings this summer, high school students can follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and learn the Polynesian art of wayfinding. The Papa Hoʻokele Waʻa program gives students a chance to learn how to navigate the tides using the science of the ocean and sky. Students will learn how to sail aboard Moʻokiha o Piʻilani, Mauiʻs double-hull voyaging canoe, and learn the traditions practiced aboard the Hōkūleʻa on her historic Worldwide Voyage.

Early college is also an opportunity for high school students to get ahead and build momentum for their future endeavors. Courses like Introduction to Auto Mechanics (Automotive Technology 20) and Sanitation and Safety (Culinary Arts 112) not only teach practical life skills, but give students a chance to earn two college credits through the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College program.

See the full range of courses available at The application deadline for summer 2018 is Feb. 15.

KS Maui Papa Ho’okele presentation

Haumāna involved in this yearʻs Kamehameha Schools Mauiʻs Papa Ho‘okele navigation program presented their experiences at the Mālama Honua Summit and Fair held to celebrate the return of Hōkūle‘a from her Worldwide Voyage.Take a closer look at their story and what they accomplished in our I Mua newsroom:

Through the Hoʻokele Waʻa, haumāna can learn traditional navigating techniques and put their ʻike to practice aboard Moʻokiha o Piʻilani.

Hālau ‘O Kapikohānaiāmālama will offer courses for students in grades 3-12 this summer.

In addition to high school credit, students can earn college credit and learn some real life skills in courses like Intro to Auto Mechanics.

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