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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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Kamehameha Schools Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Kamehameha Schools will provide and facilitate a wide range of integrated quality educational programs and services to serve more people of Hawaiian ancestry

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Built new K-12 campuses on Maui and Hawai‘i island, increasing campus enrollment by 60 percent to 5,400 students.
  • Opened nearly 20 additional preschool classrooms at 31 sites statewide, increasing preschool enrollment by 50 percent to 1,500 learners.
  • Expanded community outreach offerings for keiki and adults to include cultural enrichment, literacy, leadership, scholarship and school readiness programs.
  • Leveraged campus facilities and equipment to support community outreach efforts which include summer school programs and cultural events.
  • Developed and implemented an education strategic plan designed to create long-term, intergenerational change for Hawaiians thorough education.
  • Worked diligently to build stronger tri-campus alignment in the areas of teacher excellence and professional development, student outcomes and achievement measures and culture-based education.
  • Enhanced the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus with major facilities upgrades, including a new middle school, the Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center, a new parking structure and new middle school dormatories to provide students, faculty and other campus users with facilities that support and improve access to programs and services.

Kamehameha Schools will work with families and communities in their efforts to meet the educational needs of people of Hawaiian ancestry

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Awarded approximately $80 million in contributions to more than a hundred community collaborators including early childhood education, public school, and Native Hawaiian support organizations.
  • Provided per-pupil funding for 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools.
  • Developed distance learning programs focused on Hawaiian culture, history and language for students, parents and educators.
  • Established a partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education to deliver programs enhancing and building literacy thinking skills. Program targets Native Hawaiian keiki in kindergarten through grade 3 at 31 DOE schools on Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, and O‘ahu. Placed Kamehameha teachers in 200 public school classrooms across the state to help boost the literacy of keiki from kindergarten to third grade.
  • Established the Ka Pua initiative, Kamehameha’s long-term regionally focused approach to improving educational attainment and community well-being on the Waianae Coast. Currently in development phase for the Kamehameha Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili with plans to open 12 new preschool classroom next fiscal year.
  • Kahalu‘u Manowai — preparations for ma kai site redevelopment completed and education plan draft has been prepared and informed by community stakeholder input.
  • Continued ‘āina-based learning programs integrating restoration activities at KS sites and certain Department of Education and DOE charter school students.

Cultivate, nurture, perpetuate, and practice ‘Ike Hawai‘i (which includes Hawaiian culture, values, history, language, oral traditions, literature, wahi pana, etc.)

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Implemented an organization-wide policy promoting the cultivation of ‘ike Hawai‘i (Hawaiian knowledge), ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) and nohona Hawai‘i (a Hawaiian way of life) among our leadership, staff, and learners.
  • Created the Ho‘okahua Cultural Vibrancy Division to help integrate Hawaiian culture, language and learning opportunities into the Kamehameha workplace.
  • Developed professional development opportunities around culturally based education practices for public school educators.
  • Supported organizations that build and enhance cultural capacity, including Hawaiian immersion schools and Hawaiian-focused charter schools.
  • In 2013, KS led a culture-based education conference which convened more than 600 internal and community based educators and other experts and advocates to share research and best practices.
  • Moenaha at Kea‘au Ka‘ū Pahoa: The Kauhale Kipaipai department has provided Hawaiian-focused professional development support to teachers and school leadership in Keonepoko and Kea‘au, Ka‘ū, Pahoa complex.

Foster the development of leaders who focus on service to others

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Created the First Nations’ Futures fellowship program aimed at developing service leaders to steward natural and cultural resources in perpetuity.
  • Developed the Kūlia I Ka Pono summer enrichment program which hones servant leadership skills in students through a connection to the ‘āina.
  • Awarded over $120 million in post-high scholarships with special consideration given to students pursuing careers contributing to the well-being of Hawaiians.
  • Instituted service to the Hawaiian community as a requirement of all preschool and post-high scholarship recipients.
  • Continued to instill a spirit of community service in our K-12 students through the teaching of social and environmental stewardship.
  • Provided training for more than 200 Kamehameha Schools and Hawai’i State Department of Education staff members through the “Race to the Top Great Leaders, Great Teachers” program
  • Defined the Kamehameha Schools Leadership Development Framework for five different leadership groups targeting 350 management and supervisory leaders and 20 emerging leaders at the director level. Also began discussions and objectives of an Executive Development Framework.

Optimize the value and use of current financial and nonfinancial resources and actively seek and develop new resources

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Instituted investment and spending policies to ensure that KS financial resources serve today’s learners as well as those of future generations.
  • Created Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports its educational mission by cultivating scholarship funds and awarding post-high scholarships to Hawaiian learners.
  • Developed a plan establishing five values to guide all of our Hawai‘i land transactions: education, economics, environment, culture and community.
  • Implemented a policy that mandates a review of our investment objectives, asset allocation and investment benchmarks every three years.
  • Developed an online map database providing an efficient way to survey Kamehameha properties.
  • KS commercial real estate development plan developed and being implemented
  • KS financial assets are rebalanced monthly to bring them close to policy targets and within policy ranges
  • Completed the Impact Cost project which resulted in a better understanding of the educational outcomes leadership seeks with an assessment of KS programs alignment to such outcomes. Also established a more disciplined program monitoring and evaluation process.

Mālama i ka ‘āina: practice ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of lands and resources

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Established a policy to guide the sustainable stewardship of Kamehameha’s Hawai‘i land including natural resources, water resources and wahi kūpuna (ancestral places).
  • Increased our active stewardship of native ecosystems from 3,000 to 136,000 acres, 35 times the number of acres under care in 2000.
  • Supported the protection and restoration of ancient Hawaiian heiau, fishponds and historic sites including the birthplace of our namesake, Kamehameha I.
  • Engaged in community collaborations to leverage external resources in support of culturally appropriate land stewardship.
  • Conducted ethno-historic studies for more than 85 percent of Kamehameha lands to survey and document the cultural richness of our properties.
  • Established a Sustainability Council led by FDSD to facilitate the inventory and tracking of sustainable efforts at the divisional level — renewable energy efforts such as energy efficiency, photovoltaic systems at KS educational and commercial facilities, and a wind farm on the North Shore — and integrating these projects with campus efforts and curriculum development.
  • Created and implemented the 2009 Strategic Agricultural Plan to promote the development of food, energy and timber to support sustainability on KS lands.
  • Developed and implemented the 2012 Natural Resource and Cultural Resource management plans representing Kamehameha’s responsibility to conduct prudent stewardship of the ‘āina.

Kamehameha Schools will continue to develop as a dynamic, nurturing, learning community

Between 2000–2015, Kamehameha Schools:

  • Established a program to nurture recruitment, retainment, high instructional performance and rewards for our education workforce both on campuses and in the community.
  • Gathered and published credible data on Hawaiian learners to help our leaders make informed decisions.
  • Encouraged our employees to embrace Hawaiian culture in the workplace through hands-on activities, field trips and other educational opportunities.
  • Established a Data Council to align and streamline data-gathering and sharing throughout the organization.
  • Developed a program to phase in an integrated information technology system to manage our finance, human resource and education program information. New finance system implemented and operational since October of 2012.
  • Initial reports and analyses completed for the strategic plan 2040 initiative including feedback from community, internal staff and functional stakeholders; and an organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis. Meetings with trustees, CEO and executive team in progress.