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Residential Life

For students: What you will experience

Life as a campus resident

Students at Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama’s 600-acre campus have access to an educational program that will challenge their learning, ground them culturally and spiritually, expand their world, and open up endless possibilities for their future. Kamehameha seeks out and develops ‘ōiwi leaders for tomorrow and the residential curriculum is rooted in Hawaiian culture and Christian values.

“I enjoy boarding because it has helped me to maintain tidiness, become independent and I know that it will definitely help in transitioning into college, adulthood, and life in general.”

--Kapi‘olani Nui Dormitory boarder

Find your purpose

In addition to academics, boarders at our school are able to fully participate in campus life and extra-curricular activities both on and off campus. Because they are away from home, they learn independent life skills which will ultimately help them to transition to adulthood and post-high education.

And of course, students benefit from the lessons learned living in community, from cooperation and team-building to negotiation and problem-solving, all in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

We ask our residential life ‘ohana to commit to a mindset that centers on reflection, focuses on growth, promotes learning, and leads to positive outcomes for all our haumāna, staff, parents and community.

At Kamehameha Schools we believe that self-monitoring ane correcting are marks of maturity and positive character development, so it is important that all students behave in accordance with the core ethical values that guide the Kamehameha community, and to uphold these values both in and out of the classroom, both on and off of the campus. These are our core ethical values:



Showing compassion and being genuinely concerned for the well-being of others. Mālama kekahi i kekahi – to care for one another.



Showing regard for the worth of God, self, others, property, and the environment/‘āina. Hō‘ihi aku hō‘ihi mai – to give and receive respect.



Showing humility; taking care of self, others and the environment; making a positive impact on the community. No‘u iho ke kuleana – the responsibility is mine.


Pono/Honesty, Integrity

Having courage to stand up for what is right, true and good; doing what you say you will do. ‘Imi na‘au pono – to seek what is right, true and good. ‘Oia‘i‘o - truthful in what you say, truthful in what you do.

Home away from home

Our dormitories are comfortable spaces for our haumāna to study, rest or just hang out with their friends. Most dormitory rooms are shared (two to a room) and each dormitory has laundry facilities and a common gathering area with comfortable seating, televisions and a kitchenette. Healthy, nutritious and balanced meals are prepared daily with ample opportunities for our haumāna to socialize and practice dining etiquette.

And just like at home, our Residential Life haumāna have chores. Students are responsible to keep their own rooms clean and to help keep common areas and bathrooms clean, as well as to help with the dining room and kitchen clean up.

For our residents, leaving their home island to attend school on O‘ahu is not about leaving their family; it’s about growing their family.




Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100