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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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We are committed to you, your ‘ohana, and your keiki in providing quality Hawaiian culture-based educational programs. To achieve our mission of a thriving lāhui (people) and to best serve Pauahi’s children beyond our campuses, we offer programs that provide the best supports and benefits for our keiki and communities.


Why are changes happening in KS’ community education programs?

A: Kamehameha Schools worked for over a year developing a new strategic plan and vision through a process that engaged community, educational partners, and KS staff throughout Hawaiʻi.

The resulting Strategic Vision 2040 (SV2040) envisions a thriving lāhui where our learners achieve post-secondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices. SV2040 will be achieved in phases, the first of which is the Strategic Plan 2020 (SP2020) which guides decisions regarding program and service improvements to deepen our impact on education. As a result, we are redesigning and phasing out some of our current programs, as well as developing new ones to best serve our learners and continue to evaluate other community providers’ services to avoid duplication of efforts. To that end, the Kilohana programs are designed to impact 3rd grade literacy and 8th grade math achievement which have been identified as some of the key milestones along a student’s educational pathway as catalysts for their future success.


What are the program changes?

A: Current operations of all programs will continue, however, Hoʻolauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono closed after this past summer (2018) and Ipukukui (which is still running in fall 2018 and spring 2019) will be offered in regions as the newly-named and designed Intersession Programs for middle school students who participate in Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi and Kilohana.
KS is pleased to introduce new community education programs in summer 2019 with the expansion of Kilohana Grade 3-4 Hawaiian Culture-Based Literacy, Kilohana Grade 6-8 Hawaiian Culture-Based Math, and Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i Grade 7 to be held in the following locations:

  • Kilohana Gr. 3-4: East Hawai‘i, ‘Ewa, Kaua‘i, and Waialua
  • Kilohana Gr. 6-8: ‘Ewa, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Waialua, Wai‘anae, and West Hawai‘i
  • Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi Gr. 7: East Hawai‘i, ‘Ewa, Kona O‘ahu, Ko‘olauloa, and Ko‘olaupoko

Listings in blue indicate new pilot locations
Residency requirements vary by program. For more details, please visit www.ksbe.edu/programs.

As we continue to redesign and develop new programs, we will keep you informed about upcoming changes and exciting opportunities.


Who can apply to these programs?

A: These programs are for haumāna (students) in the DOE, charter schools, Nā Kula Kaiapuni, home-schoolers, and other private school students.


Can my child still attend a KS community education program even if he/she is accepted into Kamehameha?

A: If your child is a current DOE, charter, Nā Kula Kaiapuni, private or home-schooled student and is accepted into Kamehameha for the upcoming school year, he or she may attend the summer component of programs such as Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i or Kilohana, but this would be his/her last summer of eligibility, and he/she would not be invited to attend the intersession portions. Your child would not be able to attend any year-round programming such as Kamehameha Scholars.


What other KS programs are available for my child besides Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i and Kilohana?

A: To best serve Pauahi’s children beyond our campuses, Kamehameha Scholars program is accessible to Native Hawaiian Students in the DOE, charter schools, Nā Kula Kaiapuni, home-schoolers, and other private school students. Kamehameha Scholars is a nationally acclaimed college and career counseling program that provides students in grades 9 through 12 with post-secondary planning, year-round workshops, and interactive lessons grounded in the Hawaiian culture.
In addition, KS offers summer courses at each of our 3 campuses on Maui, Hawai‘i Island, and Kapālama.

For more information on Kamehameha Scholars, and to learn more about the many other opportunities provided by Kamehameha Schools, we encourage families to visit www.ksbe.edu/programs.


Why are some programs offered in some regions, but not in others?

A: KS utilizes a regional strategy to review the needs of each community and determine the best way to deploy direct services or programs so as to be effective, efficient, and impactful in meeting our targeted educational pathway milestones.


Are there any other community programs that are available for my child?

A: Yes, there are numerous community program offerings that vary between regions. While these are not KS-run programs, they offer options for your child and family. We are working to provide information about some of the alternative programs being offered within the community, which will be available soon.