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Program Information

What to expect for summer 2021

Application Window: January 4 - February 15

Summer 2021 Dates:

  • Week 1: June 14-June 18
  • Week 2: June 21-June 25
  • Week 3: June 28-July 2
  • Week 4: July 5-July 9
  • Week 5: July 12-July 16
  • Week 6: July 19-July 23

Program Fee: $50 (Fee waivers available)


Students who will be entering grade 6 in the fall at a public school, a private school other than KS, a charter school, Kula Kaiapuni, or are home-schooled are invited to apply.

Note for summer 2021: There is no residency requirement, but please note that there will be no air travel or boarding this summer. We will operate a blended model with 3 on-line learning days and 2 in-person community based fieldtrip days. This means participants will attend in-person field trips in or near their area of residence. Fieldtrips will be held on O‘ahu (Wai‘anae, ‘Ewa, Waialua, Ko‘olau, Honolulu), Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i island (East Hawai‘i, West Hawai‘i) only.

Out of state or international applicants: If attending program, ‘ohana must secure own travel and accommodations in one of the identified areas for at least the 2 in-person program days.

Lāna‘i applicants: If attending program ‘ohana must secure own travel and accommodations in one of the identified areas for at least the 2 in person days.

Hāna, Maui applicants: Fieldtrips will be in or around the central Maui area. Transportation from Hāna to fieldtrip locations will not be provided.

Preference for admission is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Distance Learning Information

Three days of our week long program will be online. Your keiki will need a personal device (computer, tablet, phone) with a camera to join our online classes and to access the activities and assignments on our online learning platform.

In addition to approximately 3 hours of synchronous classes, there will be asynchronous assignments and activities for your keiki to complete on their own.

There may also be assignments or activities that will require ‘ohana assistance. These would be asynchronous assignments which you could do at any time.

In-Person Huaka‘i (Field Trip) Information

Since there will be no air travel or boarding, keiki who attend Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i this summer will attend huaka‘i near their communities. Due to our current circumstances, we will coordinate field trips on O‘ahu (Wai‘anae, ‘Ewa, Waialua, Ko‘olau, and Honolulu), Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, & Hawai‘i Island (East Hawai‘i & West Hawai‘i) only.

Bus service will be provided in each identified region within a limited area. Further information will be included in conditional acceptance letters and confirmation packets once applicants are enrolled.

**We will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions. Depending on case counts, program delivery may be subject to change.

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