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Kamehameha Schools Kapālama

KS Kapālama update #5

A message from Poʻo Kula Dr. Taran Chun

October 9, 2020

Aloha e ko KS Kapālama,

We made it through our first quarter! I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying the Fall Break and using this time to recharge our naʻau as we prepare for the start of the second quarter.

With the earlier announcement from our CEO Jack Wong outlining expectations for the remainder of this first semester, we have committed to provide these bi-weekly updates through the end of the second quarter so our Kapālama ʻohana can be aware of any and all developments during this unpredictable time. As always, mahalo for your continued partnership.


On September 25, KS Kapālama announced that we are excited to move forward with our hybrid learning model utilizing distance learning as the primary learning mode for the remainder of the first semester. This learning model framework is intended to be flexible, and our hybrid learning model can accommodate any combination of distance learning and face-to-face instruction as appropriate. Here is some information to ensure we all have a shared understanding of our plans for this second quarter.

Will my keiki be returning to campus for face-to-face instruction in the second quarter?

Our hybrid learning model enables a combination of face-to-face instruction and distance learning as appropriate at each school level. During the second quarter, most students will continue to learn as they have been through distance learning.

Only small groups of haumāna, pre-selected by their poʻo kumu, will be invited to campus for face-to-face instruction or other activities and experiences for the second quarter. Poʻo kumu are working with their faculty to identify the most appropriate groups to invite and will be contacting those individuals and groups directly to notify these haumāna and their ʻohana and guide them through this process and re-orientation period.

If your poʻo kumu does not contact your ʻohana about returning to campus, you may assume that your keiki will continue in distance learning through the remainder of the first semester.

What if I want my keiki to return for face-to-face instruction?

Informed by the opinions shared by our kumu, haumāna, ʻohana through a series of surveys, we will continue to operate in our hybrid learning model with distance learning as the primary learning delivery method except for the small number of students mentioned above. While it is understandable that some families may be eager to return to face-to-face instruction, the truth is we are taking an intentional approach that will initially begin with small groups of students with the goal of gradually inviting more students over the course of the second quarter if conditions allow. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.

Are keiki required to attend if invited for face-to-face instruction during the second quarter?

Students invited to campus by their poʻo kumu will not be required to attend in-person if they do not wish to and may continue in distance learning.


As league discussions look at reconfiguring sports seasons, resource and facility limitations make it difficult to accommodate all of our athletic programs in a condensed period while maintaining safety protocols and guidelines. Therefore, KS Kapālama has decided to suspend intermediate/middle school athletics for the 2020-21 school year.

We acknowledge that this difficult decision affects our entire community of student-athletes, coaches, families, and other league competitor schools. In the end, the need to place the safety and health of our players above all else drove this action.

Regarding varsity and junior varsity-level athletics, KS Kapālama will continue to participate in HHSAA and ILH conversations and advocate for our student-athletes to engage in sports safely and responsibly. As soon as those league decisions are made and we are able to assess our ability to participate accordingly, we will be sure to communicate any updates to our KS Kapālama community.

If you have any questions, please contact KS Kapālama Athletic Director Glennie Adams at or KS Kapālama Associate Athletic Director Ed Paola at


If you know of any students who may be eligible to apply to join our Warrior ʻohana for next school year, 2021-2022, please let them know that our application deadline has been extended to October 15.

We do not want to let the challenges caused by COVID-19 prevent future Warriors from applying. Interested families can go directly to to begin the application process.


Flu season is upon us. To help reduce the spread of the flu in homes and in the community, we are inviting all haumāna to sign up to receive their free flu shot. Sign up online for an appointment at our drive-through flu shot clinic on October 17 on our elementary campus.

Please review the following materials in preparation for your appointment. These forms are also available on our KS Mālama Ola website

If you have any questions, please feel contact Hale Ola at (808) 842-8075 or email


To assist our ʻohana during this time, we continue to share tips and resources designed to help families support their keiki in the digital learning space.

Distance learning ʻohana tip this week: Keep a healthy routine

Take breaks, get exercise, breathe fresh air, eat well, drink lots of water, and get plenty of sleep. Maintaining good physical routines will help your keiki be prepared for learning in any environment.

Let us continue to support each other as we discover the wonders of distance learning together.

As always, mahalo nui for your time and attention. These updates serve as a bridge to keep our campus community in sync in a time when connection is so important.

We grow more excited every day with the thought of being able to bring all of our students back to campus when the time is right. Until then, please continue to mālama yourself and those around you.

Me ke aloha,

Dr. Taran Chun, Poʻo Kula

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