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August 8, 2022

Uplifting ‘ōiwi culture on a global stage

With deep aloha for hula, mele and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, Pi‘ikea Lopes KSK’18 perpetuates and shares Native Hawaiian culture as Miss Aloha Hula 2022. See story »


July 26, 2022

Kūkahekahe – Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea 2022

July 31 marks the first national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (sovereignty restoration day). Hear about this important holiday from community organizer Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong KSK’90. See story »


May 26, 2022

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza piko morning gatherings welcome all KS ‘ohana

In this Kūkahekahe, KS Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK’80 describes the elements of the morning piko convened online by our Kawaiahaʻo Plaza staff, which will be expanding in June. Information to join this wonderful tradition is included below. See story »


May 17, 2022

Kūkahekahe: Illuminating our ancestral connections: Kealaikahiki and Marae Taputapuātea

In this Kūkahekahe, we learn about the ancestral connections illuminated during the recent Kealaikahiki Voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. See story »


May 9, 2022

KS’ new Holomoana website offers wayfinding lessons for kumu and haumāna

The site will link people to Polynesian wayfinding through the Kealaikahiki Voyage to Tahiti and back, and the Moananuiākea Voyage that starts next year. See story »


May 2, 2022

Haumāna eager to celebrate their Hawaiian heritage at KS Maui’s ʻAha Mele

The excitement is building at KS Maui, with the campus ready to welcome back a live audience this week for ʻAha Mele after last year’s virtual event and the cancellation of the 2020 song competition. See story »


February 2, 2022

KS creates Hawaiian language GIFs to celebrate Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

The Kamehameha Schools Marketing and Hawaiian Language Advancement teams collaborated to create more than 50 ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i GIFs to help users express themselves online. See story »


October 18, 2021

KS presents the Virtual Prince Lot Hula Festival

The historic Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nu‘uanu serves as a backdrop for the two-hour festival which premieres on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 pm on KHON2. See story »


July 7, 2021

KS alumni shine at 2021 Merrie Monarch Festival

Members of the KS ‘ohana abound at the 58th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition under the direction of esteemed KS alumna Auntie Luana Kawelu KSK’58. See story »


July 6, 2021

A cool summer: Poi smoothie bowl recipe

Here’s a refreshing recipe for those hot summer days, using frozen fruit, poi and the toppings of your choice! See story »


June 28, 2021

He wahi hoʻomanaʻo: Merrie Monarch memories

In this Kūkahekahe, Cultural Planning and Assessment Manager Miala Leong KSK’02 shares treasured memories of her hālau and participation in the annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. See story »


June 22, 2021

Ka mana o ka lā: Sun power

In this Kūkahekahe article, KS Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK ‘80 celebrates lā, the sun, and the upcoming summer. See story »


May 25, 2021

Educational series Lāhui Rising returns featuring canoe carver Alika Bumatay

The KS educational series “Lāhui Rising” returns in digital form with a video featuring renown canoe carver Alika Bumatay. See story »


May 18, 2021

Nā ‘ano hana lei: Types of lei-making

It’s not too late to make or give a lei during this celebratory month! In this Cultural Conversations column, the KS Ho‘okahua Cultural Vibrancy hui shares their knowledge of lei-making that includes a video tutorial on making a hilo-style tī leaf lei! See story »


May 11, 2021

Pahu hula: A resounding legacy

In this Kūkahekahe Cultural Conversations story, KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on the contributions of master carver ʻEtua Turoa Tahauri, renowned for his pahu hula (dance drums). See story »


April 29, 2021

The history of May Day and Lei Day in Hawai‘i

Ever wonder why we celebrate May Day as Lei Day in Hawai‘i? This Cultural Conversations column contributed by KS Cultural Specialist Nanea Armstrong-Wassel gives us a look back at the origins of the annual May 1 celebration. See story »


April 27, 2021

Lei Pua Melia – Plumeria Lei, a favorite adornment in Hawai‘i

In honor of our islands’ upcoming May Day celebration, Kamehameha Schools Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK ’80 strings a special lei of mele and memories of the humble, yet beloved pua melia (plumeria). See story »


March 2, 2021

KS carves partnership with Polynesian Cultural Center

The mo‘olelo of KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 and Maōri master carver Jared Pere who collaborated to create a poupou – or ancestral post – as a tribute to esteemed Māori elder Sir Hector Busby. See story »


February 9, 2021

‘I Mua’ magazine available online

The latest issue of “I Mua” magazine is now available to view online! This issue’s cover story features Kamehameha Schools Cultural Specialist Kumulā‘au Sing Jr. KSK’89 who is dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian cultural practices and traditions. See story »


December 1, 2020

Pacific Piko— Umbilical connections: KS tribal heritage in Aotearoa, Ngāti Ruawāhia

KS cultural staffers share memories of a pilgrimage to Aotearoa for the ceremonial opening of the Sir Hek Busby Kupe Waka Centre in Aotearoa, a sister center to the Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at KS Kapālama. See story »


September 28, 2020

New Ka‘iwakīloumoku website: A portal to ancestral knowledge and indigenous cultures of the Pacific

Join in the launch ceremony of Ka‘iwakīloumoku’s vibrant new website! The revamped site at See story »


August 14, 2019

Nā Lei O Kaiona Registration is Now Open

Kula Haʻahaʻa haumāna interested in learning more about hula can now register. See story »


May 29, 2019

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Kula Haʻahaʻa presented See story »



January 29, 2019

A Hamilton-inspired song to honor our Queen

KS Hawaiʻi graduate Daylan-Blake Kalaʻi wrote and released a song a music video called “No Liliʻuokalani” dedicated to Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch. See story »


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