Kamehameha Schools Kapālama


The mission of Kamehameha Schools is grounded in the Hawaiian culture and Christian values embraced by our beloved founder Bernice Pauahi Bishop. We educate children of Hawaiian ancestry to become good and industrious men and women in spirit, mind and body and to use their talents and abilities to contribute positively to the world.

Students are required to adhere to all requirements of the Kamehameha Schools academic program, including but not limited to participation in Christian education and attendance at Chapel; Hawaiian cultural and languages studies, including oli and mele performance; and attendance at Founder’s Day.


Educational Mission

Kamehameha Schools’ mission is to fulfill Pauahi’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well being of people of Hawaiian ancestry.


Across our Kapālama campus (K-12), we are unified by a common vision: Lift the haumāna to lift the lāhui! Empowering our haumāna to pursue their passions by delivering a world-class education based on Christian and Hawaiian values.

When a student journeys from Kamehameha Kapālama Middle School, their inner voice has been nurtured, and is now more resilient, recognized and appreciated for its own strength and quality.

Every child we work with is in a different space in their lives; some will sing and sound as they leave; some only managing the first whisper of their greatness.

None will leave voiceless or untouched. Until they can sing and sound on their own, someone will be there to support them.

Team Learning

The seventh and eighth grades of the Kamehameha Secondary School officially became the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School in July of 2001. Since Fall 2012, the middle school provides instruction in a wall-less learning environment.  This environment optimizes Hawaiian cultural knowing and understanding, 21st century learning skills, and middle school promising practice.

Students transition successfully from elementary to middle school when they feel a sense of belonging in their new environment. We nurture that feeling by placing students into learning teams. Each team of about 100 students has the same math, science, social studies and English teachers. This allows for cross-curriculum planning, and coordination of field trips and testing schedules. Teaming also builds stronger relationships among students and between students and teachers.

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