The Legacy of a princess

Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

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Our Land

Kamehameha’s commercial properties represent less than two percent of the trust’s land portfolio. Of Kamehameha's approximately 363,000 acres in Hawai‘i, 98% is earmarked as agricultural or conservation. Our Land Assets Division (www.ksbe.edu/land) has kuleana for these lands.

Agricultural Lands

More than 1,000 farmers — many of them family-owned operations — lease agricultural land from Kamehameha Schools. They forward Kamehameha’s vision of food sustainability by producing crops such as asparagus, avocado, banana, cattle, coffee, fish, lettuce, macadamia nuts, papaya, sweet potato, taro, tomato, watercress.

Kamehameha’s Strategic Agricultural Plan, completed in 2009, lays a vision and strategy for management and use of Kamehameha’s 181,373 acres of agricultural land. Through the plan, Kamehameha commits to:

  • Increasing market share of locally-grown produce, meat and other food products
  • Restoring and revitalizing traditional agricultural systems like lo‘i, loko i‘a, and dryland field systems
  • Investing in agricultural support facilities and infrastructure like irrigation systems
  • A sustainable, clean energy future by supporting projects like solar and wind energy

Cultural Resources

Appropriate stewardship of our land legacy involves not only caring for and protecting wahi kupuna (cultural resources) located on our lands, but also an obligation to pass them on to future generations.

Our efforts in cultural resource management include:

  • Information gathering through ethnohistorical and archaeological studies
  • Site restoration in collaboration with community partners
  • Integration of ‘ike aina (knowledge of the land) into asset management programs
  • Development of “best management practices” to share with lessees, partners, collaborators and communities
  • Support of training programs for future cultural stewards

Natural Resources

Healthy, functioning, native ecosystems provide a suite of critical services (clean abundant water, fresh air, erosion and flood control) and serve as a cornerstone of the foundation of Hawaiian well-being. The restoration of these ecosystems involves the removal of invasive weeds and animals and the return of native species.

Over the past five years, Kamehameha has:

  • Planted more than 150,000 native plants, including 125,000 koa trees
  • Invested more than $9.5 million in natural resource and watershed management initiatives

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