The Legacy of a princess

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

Pauahi Legacy
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Hilo Resource Center

1266 Kamehameha Ave #A5
Hilo, HI 96720
Monday – Friday from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm
(808) 982-0851

Our work in the region is done in collaboration with community partners.

Educational Partners

Public-Private Partnerships

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Community Organizations

State Government Agencies | Other Landowners

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Kamehameha Schools’ East Hawai‘i Region consists of three moku—Hilo, Puna, and Kaʻū—and a small portion of Hāmākua . The region is a unique and dynamic landscape in both its living ‘āina and the diversity and depth of its people—where Tūtū Pele reminds us of our connection and responsibility to our home, where Hiʻiaka and Hōpoe connect us to rhythm through the hula, where Keʻelikōlani stopped a lava flow just a mile from her namesake college, and where the World Wide Voyage was launched. It is where the Legacy of Pauahi touches beneficiaries on a campus, on legacy lands, and in a community that holds close its interdependent relationships, yet allows room for growth, collaboration, and innovation.

Like ‘ōhiʻa seedlings that burst through lava to take root, East Hawaiʻi has many kīpuka that share the Moaʻe Lehua wind and the waters that trickle from Kūlanihākoʻi. These kīpuka have an opportunity to grow together into a rich and vibrant forest—a forest pollinated by native birds who light from kīpuka to kīpuka, sharing the nectar of knowledge and aloha, growing the mauli, the essence of this unique place.

Kamehameha Schools believes that education is an important part of wellbeing for the Lāhui. We are working with the community to create Hawaiian Culture Based Education opportunities that give our keiki a leading edge in life. Together we are aligning our resources to build on community strengths and address community challenges. As a result, we will create an environment where keiki will flourish because they are connected to place, supported in learning, and ready to succeed as tomorrow’s local and global leaders.

Priority Focus Areas

  • Advance a regional network of cutting-edge learning sites and facilities
  • Innovate and expand Hawaiian Culture Based Education Programs and Resources
  • Enhance Family Engagement, Post-Secondary Success, and Career Pathways
  • Catalyze Collective Community Development

For program information and assistance with applications, call (808) 523-6200.