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The academy's K-8 program is focused on ‘āina with a variety of hands-on learning experiences for keiki.

New summer program offered at KS Hawai‘i

Feb. 11, 2015

This summer, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i will launch Hālau Kupukupu Summer Innovations Academy. Kupukupu means “to sprout or grow” as leaves, blossoms, knowledge, and ideas.

“This year, we celebrate our fourteenth year of summer school by inaugurating new innovative courses at all levels that will challenge keiki and ‘ōpio (young people),” says Dr. Holoua Stender, KS Hawai‘i Po‘o Kula (Head of School).

“We know that in this environment, our keiki will learn about good character as they practice being good and industrious learners as envisioned by our founder, Ke Ali‘i Pauahi.”

This summer, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i will launch Hālau Kupukupu Summer Innovations Academy. Kupukupu means “to sprout or grow” as leaves, blossoms, knowledge, and ideas. The program offers incredible educational opportunities that inspire passion for learning and enable young learners to be successful and prepared for the next school year.

The summer academy is made up of two main programs – Kindergarten to 8th grade and High School.

The K-8 program is centered around ‘āina, and focused on building critical thinking skills that will help students to succeed in future career and college endeavors. Learners are guided through engaging Hawaiian culture-based, inquiry experiences in STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math—as well as literacy, and creative exploration.

Keiki and ‘ōpio will grow their skills as innovators and stewards of today and tomorrow through hands-on activities and huaka‘i (field trips) exploring the resources within the community.

“It’s an academically rigorous program, but as a parent, you don’t have to feel guilty about putting your keiki in summer school. It’s fun, deep learning,” shares Joy Motta, Hālau Kupukupu coordinator.

“The whole program is focused on building critical thinking skills that will help students to succeed in future career and college endeavors.”

The high school program is centered on credit advancement, and includes a variety of opportunities to build momentum in high school and college. 

New this summer and in partnership with Hawai‘i Community College, KS will offer college courses that will allow high school students the opportunity to earn both college and high school credits simultaneously.

Blended-online courses also broaden the reach of the program, where students who may live further away from the campus can participate in learning experiences without having to commute on a daily basis.

High school courses include a selection of both full-day or half-day (morning or afternoon) courses.

The program is open to all students on Hawai‘i island, including current KS students, and students attending the State of Hawai‘i DOE, public charter schools and other private institutions. It is recommended that students obtain pre-approval for course credits from their home schools before registering for KSH summer classes to ensure acceptance of credit(s) earned.

Find registration information and the course catalog at www.ksbe.edu/admissions. Current KS students can register via KS Connect. Applications are due on February 14, 2015.

For questions, call 808-982-0033 or email halaukupukupu@ksbe.edu.  

Applications due on February 14th

To apply:

Current KS Students should register via KS Connect.

Community students should download an application at www.ksbe.edu/admissions or visit the East Hawai‘i or West Hawai‘i resource centers for assistance.


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