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February 24, 2021

Mālama Ola Minute: ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi and student well-being

As we celebrate Hawaiian Language Month, we reflect upon the important role of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in student well-being. Hawaiian culture and spirituality are core components of KSʻ whole-child approach to student safety and well-being. Ōlelo Hawaiʻi is foundational to our Hawaiian culture and spirituality. See story »


March 18, 2020

Special programming to honor 100th Song Contest

While the difficult decision was made to suspend this year’s Song Contest, KS kumu and haumāna continue to stoke their creative fires to come up with an appropriate way to give the 100th Song Contest the honor it deserves. See story »


February 17, 2020

I Mau Ke Aloha ʻĀina: 100 Years of Song Contest

After countless hours of preparation that will soon give way to moments of anticipation followed by a collective sense of elation, relief and unity, high school haumāna are set to add to the rich tradition that is the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. See story »


December 16, 2019

ʻAha Aloha ʻĀina motivates KS Kapālama students, staff

Students at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama hosted the first-ever ʻAha Aloha ʻĀina fueled by a charge to take responsibility for the future of Hawaiʻi. The event on November 25 was termed “He Aha Lā He Kūkulu: Identifying the Pillars of Aloha ʻĀina.” The event coincided with the observance of Lā Kūʻokoʻa, a day on which Hawaiʻi was recognized as an independent nation in 1843. See story »


November 25, 2019

E ola i ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi: Hawaiian language immersion a constitutional right

On August 13, 2019, this opening statement set the foundation for the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court’s (Court) landmark decision which held that the state must take all reasonable efforts to provide access to Ka Papahana Kaiapuni – Hawaiian language immersion – education. See story »


November 18, 2019

Lāhui Rising: alumni share perspectives on ‘Ōiwi Agency

As part of a powerful, engaging forum, Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio and Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer shared their views on ‘Ōiwi Agency – Pathways Toward Leadership – to kick off the 2019-20 Lāhui Rising series on October 18 at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama’s Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center. See story »


October 7, 2019

Summer program rejuvenates Lāna‘i’s cultural treasures

Bringing life back to long-lost cultural treasures on Lāna‘i through stewardship and hands-on learning opportunities is at the heart of E ‘ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Summer Program – a collaboration between the community non-profit Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and Pūlama Lāna‘i that receives community investment funding through KS’ Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i Region. See story »


August 19, 2019

Culture, ʻāina flourishing in Waipā

“If you no work, you no eat.” The simple, yet effective call to action is emblazoned upon T-shirts worn by staff and volunteers at the Waipā Foundation, which stewards 100 acres of a 1,600-acre ahupua‘a owned by Kamehameha Schools on Kaua‘i’s picturesque north shore. See story »


April 20, 2018

Diggin’ the ‘āina

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo haumāna learn and apply professional archaeological practices in order to deepen their understanding of and relationship to the ʻāina. See story »


January 29, 2018

Scholar finds fashion design success while honoring ancestors, Nāwahī classmates

Nāwahī student designs a print that Sig Zane Designs releases on an aloha shirt and T-shirt and she dedicates the print to her school and classmates. See story »


April 6, 2017

Truesdell earns national award for Hawaiian culture-based approach

KS Hawaiʻi chemistry teacher Joel Truesdell was recognized with the National Science Teacher Association Shell Science Teaching award. See story »


March 17, 2017

Freshmen class earns awards at the 97th annual song contest

The freshmen class of 2020 became the first 9th grade class since 2006 to win both the combined class competition and the outstanding musical performance at the 97th Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest Friday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center. See story »


March 13, 2017

Song Contest connects haumāna to culture through mele

For 97 years, the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest has brought the Kapālama campus together in a night to celebrate mele and connect its haumāna to a shared Hawaiian heritage and culture. Watch it live on Friday, March 17! See story »


April 27, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Shaping behaviors by carving canoe

A KS collaboration with Castle High School, Poʻokela Academy, will soon complete a historical project initiated last year. See story »


April 1, 2016

Student-produced video for Merrie Monarch shares the story of Poliʻahu and Kūkahauʻula

KS Hawaiʻi students and kumu produce a featured video for the annual Hilo festival that connects them to their ancestors and their island. See story »


March 16, 2016

Waʻa Wednesday: Nā Kula Kamaliʻi ʻo Kamehameha Wayfinders

A Nā Kula Kamaliʻi group takes a closer look at the linkage between navigation and culture-based education. See story »


January 11, 2016

Charter Schools work to develop a culturally relevant assessment

Hawaiian-focused charter schools initiate a three-year assessment project to help tell a richer story of student and school success. See story »


January 7, 2016

Lunar Conference centers on revitalizing traditional lunar practices

The first-ever ‘Aimalama Lunar Conference incorporates ʻāina-based learning to share the wisdom of cultural practices informed by the lunar cycle. See story »


January 4, 2016

Ho‘olauna Maui helps students build valuable skills

The one-week summer program delivers more than just a memorable experience for students. Through project-based learning, students develop valuable speaking and listening skills they can apply in their future. See story »


September 28, 2015

Community shows strong support for KS’ West Hawaiʻi educational complex

Nearly 100 education and culture advocates from across Hawaiʻi island packed into a recent Leeward Planning Commission (LPC) public hearing to show their support for Kahaluʻu Ma Kai – a West Hawaiʻi learning complex planned by Kamehameha Schools (KS). See story »


May 29, 2015

Native Hawaiian Education Summit slated for July 20-21

Register now to join KS and other stakeholders for focused discussions around the future of educating Native Hawaiian students. See story »


January 6, 2014

KS summer program applications available now

Applications for KS' Explorations Series and Kula Kauwela/Summer School programs are now available. There are several changes to this year's summer programs including an earlier application deadline. See story »


August 1, 2013

Teaching Chemistry Through Culture

KS Hawai‘i instructor Joel Truesdell is using Hawaiian cultural activities to make learning relevant to his students. See story »


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