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Kamehameha Schools Maui

Academics at Kula Ha‘aha‘a (Elementary School)

Growing Industrious Hawaiian Leaders

Welcome from Po’o Kumu

Welina me ke aloha!

Kaleo Pahukula

Welcome to Ke Kula Ha’aha’a o Kamehameha ma Maui! It is my privilege to showcase the boundless opportunities available at the elementary school. As you apply for admission to the elementary school, imagine a Kamehameha Schools Maui school community where keiki receive:

  • A high-quality, world class ‘ōiwi education with individualized attention
  • Small class sizes
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Technology-driven classes
  • Tutoring and homework assistance
  • Access to state-of-the-art athletic, recreational and arts facilities
  • A nurturing Christian environment
  • A student body made up of people who care for one another and nurture meaningful relationships
  • A place that values ‘ohana and the understanding of heritage, genealogy, roles and relationships
  • After-school program and activities guided by professionals
  • School traditions that are unique to our community and builds warrior pride
  • Generous financial aid to help with tuition costs and uniform assistance
  • Bus service to and from campus for those residents in Lāhaina, Kihei, and Central Maui

We partner with families to bring out the best in their keiki while giving them the necessary life skills to lead a productive, successful future. Students learn through and about Hawaiian culture to acquire a broad range of Hawaiian perspectives and world knowledge. Become a Maui Warrior and part of the ‘ohana!

Me ka ha’aha’a,

Kaleo Pahukula
Po’o Kumu (Principal)

Academics – Kula Ha’aha’a (Elementary School)

The kukui nut stone lamp illuminates darkness with the light of knowledge. Symbolized by three ihoiho (kukui nut candlesticks) are The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. Six kukui nut kernels on each ihoiho represent the Kamehameha Schools Maui K-5 grade levels. The poho kukui (stone vessel) in which the ihoiho are placed and the saned in which stand illustrate the strong educational foundation, connection the ʻāina (land), and sense of who they are as Hawaiians that we wish for all our keiki.

KSM elementary school includes grades K-5 with an average enrollment of 264 students. Grades K-2 has 40 students per grade level and Grades 3-5 have 48 students per grade level. Admission is competitive. The acceptance rate at the elementary school is 1:6. The student body is diverse, with a wide range of interests and talents. Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy gives preference to children of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Special consideration is extended to Hawaiian orphans and indigents.

College and Career Focus

The KSM Elementary School offers a rigorous foundational curriculum aligned with college and career readiness benchmarks. KSM kumu and staff support haumāna throughout the process to best achieve college and career readiness objectives measured by the fall, winter, and spring test scores. Students are assigned to homeroom classes and rotate among a wide range of specialty class offerings. The homeroom and specialist courses offered at the elementary school are shared below:


  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Daily Christian Devotions

Specialist Classes

  • Art
  • Christian Education
  • Guidance
  • Hawaiian language & culture
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Haumāna have daily devotion and are challenged each day through the Homeroom curriculum and three specialist classes each day.
  • Hawaiian language and culture and science are offered every other day and the remaining specialist classes are on a four-day rotation.
  • Teaching assistants are available in homeroom classes to provide additional instructional support and grow college and career readiness levels.
  • The Hololea program provides remedial and enrichment teaching for reading, writing and math for selected students.

KSM elementary is dedicated to developing:

  • Students who exceed academic expectations in all grade level content areas based on standards
  • Students who know and practice Christian and Hawaiian values while embracing and honoring differences of diverse cultures
  • Students who are creative, self-directed learners who are competent in collaboration, communication, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving

Technology Program

Each elementary school student is issued an iPad Air 2 equipped with iOS 9.3 and wireless internet access anywhere on campus. They also have access to apps which provide practice in all of the core and specialist subjects. In class, students utilize these applications to complete projects, presentations and conduct research. All students have a school-based e-mail account and are expected to be responsible digital citizens. All elementary school teachers are provided with MacBook Pro laptop as well as an iPad Air 2. They have all of the same software applications as the students. Teachers have additional software for classroom management and enhancing communication with families.

Civic Engagement

To meet our vision of Growing industrious Hawaiian leaders, the elementary school believes that all students need opportunities to be leaders and use inclusive practices to make that happen. All students in grades 3-5 get an opportunity to serve on a Hui Ho’okele leadership committee throughout the school year. Students work alongside our Student Activities Kumu to plan and run school events, spirit weeks, and holiday celebrations.

Extracurricular and Co-curricular Student Participation

On Wednesday mornings, all students participate in our Poʻakolu Hoʻoulu co-curricular program. Students in grades K – 1 have extra learning opportunities with specials teachers, while our older students in grades 2 – 5 get to choose learning activities that extend beyond the normal school curriculum. All students are encouraged to participate in a sport or belong to one of the clubs or academic teams at the elementary school. Approximately 24 percent of our students participate on at least one sport or athletic team and 51 percent participate in at least one club or academic team

Po’akolu Ho’oulu Classes (Grades 2-5)

  • Electric Circuits makerspace
  • Fishing
  • Lei Making
  • Wake Up Warriors morning broadcast
  • Yearbook Staff
  • Garden Club
  • Video Production

Sports and Athletic Teams

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Makahiki Games
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Afterschool Clubs and Academic Teams

  • Broadcast
  • Bully Proof
  • Creative Writing
  • Hawaiian
  • Hip Hop
  • Math Matters
  • Master Gardener’s
  • Praise in Motion
  • Robotics
  • Ukulele

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