Founded in 1883 by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, Kamehameha Schools (KS) exists to advance the well-being of Native Hawaiians by providing high quality educational opportunities. KS is an organization committed to educational excellence and high levels of achievement through distinguished teaching and rigorous learning which leads to world class educational outcomes, and the renewed vibrancy of Hawai‘i’s indigenous people and their lifelong success in the 21st century.
Established in 1996, Kamehameha Schools Maui (KSM) is one of three K-12 campuses in the Kamehameha Schools Educational System. KSM enrolls over 1,000 K-12 students on a well-equipped, 180-acre campus located in Pukalani. Grounded in its Hawaiian and Christian values and committed to the revitalization and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture, the school offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum which includes the study of Hawaiian culture and language, as well as character education and religious instruction. KS Maui is an impressive learning community with a well-defined vision and the physical, financial, and human resources necessary to realize an ambitious agenda of continuous improvement and student success.
Ua lehulehu a manomano ka ‘ikena a ka Hawai‘i.
(Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiians.)
— Mary Kawena Pukui
Established in the wisdom of our kūpuna, and embracing the uniqueness of each learner, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian culture-based education serves to strengthen the capability and well-being of Native Hawaiian learners. With Hawaiian and Christian values as our foundation, students learn through and about Hawaiian culture to acquire a broad range of Hawaiian perspectives and world knowledge. KS prepares learners to lead successful and fulfilling lives, while they engage and compete in ways that contribute to our Lāhui and enrich humankind.
We believe a vibrant Lāhui Hawai‘i (Hawaiian people), steeped in ‘Ike Hawai‘i (ancestral wisdom) and rooted in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (their mother tongue), will thrive in a living Nohona Hawai‘i (Hawaiian culture).
Since its founding, KS has become a symbol of educational excellence, graduating more than 25,000 young men and women. Like their benefactor, Kamehameha graduates are expected to care for their families, serve their communities, and apply their knowledge, skills and rich cultural heritage to enhance and benefit Hawai‘i and the larger world.