The Legacy of a princess

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

Pauahi Legacy
Kamehameha Schools Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Language: English ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i


A generation on the rise

Goal 1 - Network of Native Hawaiian Schools

Deliver world-class, culture-based education through a network of Native Hawaiian schools, inclusive of our KS schools and Native Hawaiian charter and immersion schools.

2020 Outcomes

  • Integrated network of Native Hawaiian schools with formal alliances, mutual supports, and clear measurements
  • Commitment by schools in the network to the Educational Pathway Milestone targets
  • Learners at KS schools (including KS’ K–12 campuses and preschools) meeting or exceeding Educational Pathway Milestone targets for growth, academic achievement, cultural engagement, leadership, and service
  • KS schools meeting or exceeding competitive targets for educator effectiveness, learning environment, school climate/engagement, and cultural vibrancy
  • Collaborating charter and immersion schools meeting or exceeding peer and other defined targets (e.g., Hawaiian-focused Student Success Indicators and School Quality Framework)


  1. Engage and lead Native Hawaiian schools to form an integrated network.
    • Create a framework for the network with an organizing vision, clear governance, and shared curriculum, instruction and assessments.
    • Prioritize initiatives and action plans focused on the Educational Pathway Milestones.
    • Develop data infrastructure and systems to support school quality.
    • Lead network efforts to research and scale innovative programs and results.
  2. Improve learner achievement within a world-class KS school system.
    • Set and support high expectations for academic growth and achievement.
    • Provide service and cultural experiences that embed Christian values and a Hawaiian worldview leading to “good and industrious men and women.”
    • Set and support high expectations for staff and learners to be leaders and agents of social change serving others in need.
    • Actively engage families as partners in their learners’ development.
    • Ensure quality support systems and learning environments.
    • Collaborate with other schools to learn and share practices that result in stronger student learning.
  3. Strategically collaborate with Native Hawaiian charter and immersion schools that share our vision and demonstrate commitment to improving learner outcomes.
    • Develop and implement shared action plans within the network of Native Hawaiian schools to build greater sustainability.
    • Support schools to provide effective instruction, systems, and positive learning environments to increase learner success.