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Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

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April 9, 2020

Prioritize relationships, well-being before checking on compliance

In shifts to distance learning, educators will need to actively focus on maintaining attitudes of inclusivity. Now more than ever, students should feel valued and welcome regardless of their background or identity.

April 7, 2020

Distance learning and summer school updates

Mahalo to our Kamehameha Schools staff for your continued commitment to serving our students and their ʻohana, as well as one another. Though the COVID-19 pandemic persists, we appreciate everyone’s work to advance our educational mission.

April 3, 2020

Distance learning underway

Whether we are students, families, alumni, teachers or staff, all of us in the KS ‘ohana play an important role in responding to the spread of COVID-19. By staying at home to study, teach and work, we can help protect the health of our community. At this time, it is not clear how long this public health emergency will persist.

April 2, 2020

Establishing a routine and maintaining clear communication are crucial

Maintaining and communicating predictable routines is very important. Doing so helps students to maintain a sense of psychological safety—a sense that they can manage stress or connect with someone who can help them manage stress.

March 30, 2020

Dealing with COVID-19: share your mahalo, mo‘olelo or mana‘o

E kūpa‘a kākou. Stand strong together.

March 27, 2020

KS Distance Learning Programs on schedule to start for KS Preschools, KS Hawaiʻi and KS Maui

With the COVID-19 emergency continuing to evolve, Kamehameha Schools remains focused on protecting the health of our students, families, staff and broader community. KS acknowledges the special role school ‘ohana will play the longer their keiki are learning at home.

March 22, 2020

CEO Message: Staying strong together

An update from KS CEO Jack Wong

March 18, 2020

Special programming to honor 100th Song Contest

While the difficult decision was made to suspend this year’s Song Contest, KS kumu and haumāna continue to stoke their creative fires to come up with an appropriate way to give the 100th Song Contest the honor it deserves.

September 3, 2019

KS-Saint Mark Lutheran School partnership creates preschool opportunities in Windward O‘ahu

Kamehameha Schools and Saint Mark Lutheran School (SMLS) have aligned resources to offer high-quality early childhood education to families living in Windward O‘ahu – an effort that addresses the shortage of available preschool seats throughout Hawai‘i.

July 25, 2019

KS kumu returns from “life-changing” summer learning experience

Kumulāʻau Sing Jr., a Hawaiian cultural resource teacher based in the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at KS Kapālama, participated in the three-week-long Council of Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan earlier this month.

May 28, 2019

Haumāna explore pathways at trades career fair

After initially dropping out of high school on Hawaiʻi island, Kekoa Leialoha seemed destined for a future full of everything but success. However, after graduating from the Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge Academy and working with Kinai ʻEha, which provides real-world vocational skills and training for at-risk 17-to-24 year-olds in the Koʻolau region, Leialoha is weeks away from starting a well-paying career operating heavy machinery in the construction field.

May 9, 2019

KS partnership gives clear vision and a brighter future to keiki

Sponsorship gives vision-impaired keiki in Waimānalo valuable learning tools.

April 12, 2019

KS alumna receives one of the state’s most prestigious educator awards

KS Kapālama graduate Bella Finau-Faumuina has been named the recipient of the 2019 Teacher of Promise Award.

April 11, 2019

Community invited to Mālama Hāloa Festival in Punalu‘u

Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘o Kānewai has partnered with Kamehameha Schools to host the family-friendly Mālama Hāloa Festival on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Punalu‘u Ahupua‘a Farms across the street from Punalu‘u Beach Park on KS ‘āina.

March 21, 2019

First-ever Ko‘olauloa Farmers Market opens Saturday in Punalu‘u

As part of a unique collaboration between three kama‘āina organizations including Kamehameha Schools, the Koʻolauloa Farmers Market will hold its grand opening on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Punalu’u Ahupuaʻa Farms.

February 27, 2019

Indigenous agriculture has strong potential to contribute to food needs under climate change

The State of Hawaiʻi, like many municipalities across the globe, aims to increase its food self-sufficiency, with a target of 30 percent of its food produced locally by 2020. Increasing temperatures and changes in precipitation are already occurring locally and globally, and plans to meet food self-sufficiency goals must consider how climate change will affect agricultural viability.

February 20, 2019

Applications available for summer archaeological field school on KS ‘āina

Kamehameha Schools has partnered with the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences and the International Archaeological Research Institute to continue the Punalu‘u Archaeological Field School, which will take place on KS ‘āina in Punalu‘u from July 8-Aug. 2, 2019.

December 18, 2018

Kinai ‘Eha Program helps at-risk students build foundation and structure for post-secondary success

Kamehameha Schools has partnered with the Kinai ʻEha Program to provide students from the Ko‘olau region with vocational training, life and workforce readiness skills, and a deeper connection to the Hawaiian culture.

December 5, 2018

Ko‘olau community orgs and funders collaborate to cultivate ‘āina-based education

Koʻolau ʻĀina Aloha – a hui of 24 Windward O‘ahu non-profits – has secured the support of funders including Kamehameha Schools to cultivate ‘āina-based education programs for area haumāna and the community.

November 9, 2018

De La Mesa Farms wins Mahiʻai Scale-Up agricultural plan contest

De La Mesa Farms is the winner of the 2018 Mahiʻai Scale-Up, an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to increasing local food production to create a sustainable Hawai‘i.

August 26, 2018

KS campuses, community sites and offices to open on Monday, Aug. 27 except for KS Hilo Preschool

Kamehameha Schools values the safety of its students, families and employees. Based on the current track of Tropical Storm Lane, and after assessing the conditions of each KS site, we will reopen all campuses, preschools, community program sites and offices with the exception the KS Hilo Preschool on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

June 1, 2018

Connecting ʻohana through Kōnane

Families gathered in Waimānalo to participate in a Kōnane Workshop held by craftsman Wilfred “Bam” Andrade of Na Maka Kahiko on May 26.

May 2, 2018

Students complete college coursework via dual-credit program at Windward Community College

While some college-bound seniors and underclassmen are still honing in on prospective career paths, students at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama are already well on their way to cultivating potential job opportunities.

February 22, 2018

Archaeological field school to showcase features in Punalu‘u

KS and UH have partnered to create the Punalu‘u Archaeological Field School which will create an “outdoor classroom” for students to identify, document and investigate archaeological features, artifacts and other culturally significant materials in the region.

February 12, 2018

KS opens community gathering place in Punalu‘u

Hale ‘O Māmalu - named after the nearby bay and means to shade or protect and bring together - will serve as a gathering place as KS works with partners in the community to address key issues affecting the lāhui in the ahupua‘a of Punalu‘u.

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