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A Generation on the Rise

In 2015, Kamehameha Schools embarked on SP2020 – a five-year strategic plan that would guide us toward our Vision for the year 2040: To see a thriving lāhui by putting Hawaiian learners on a path to postsecondary success. These are the stories of our progress toward cultivating Kūhanauna – a generation on the rise.


Creating lasting change is a kākou effort. So when it comes to moving the needle forward on progress, we turn to like-minded organizations for kōkua. During the past five years, Kamehameha Schools community-based partnerships have contributed to a thriving lāhui by supporting initiatives in high-need areas including healthcare, food sustainability and business development.

Joining hands for a healthier community

Kamehameha Schools has joined forces with Hawaiʻi Pacific Health (HPH) to improve the education, health, economic stability and social well-being of students and families across the state. The partnership is KS’ first with a non-profit health care system.

Many factors impact the health of a community, from employment and food production to educational access. The partnership will address these root causes through joint occupational training programs, internships, increased outreach by HPH, financial and employment support centers, increased ʻāina-based education and more.

Giving a boost to home-grown businesses

The family-owned Hawaiian Pie Company in Kalihi was among 10 Native Hawaiian-owned businesses to benefit from Mana Up, an initiative that helps companies with island roots entice a global audience. Kamehameha Schools is Mana Up’s title sponsor. The Hori ‘ohana chose “Aloha in every slice” as the company motto to reflect a love for the art of baking that spans four generations.

Programs like Mana Up give us the support to further our business here at home in Hawai‘i and hopefully provide the opportunity to impact other Native Hawaiians in a positive way. Having resources that help us to achieve our goals brings forth a sense of pride and purpose in everything we try to accomplish as a business.

Jan Hori, Co-founder, Hawaiian Pie Company

Nine percent of Kaua‘i’s high schoolers have attempted suicide. The Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance’s Kaua‘i Resilience Project equips young people with the tools they need to navigate through hardship. In 2018, Kamehameha Schools joined more than 40 community organizations to form a safety net for Kaua‘i’s keiki. Alliance President Marion Paul acknowledges the importance of community engagement. “On an island with scarce resources, it’s important that we get together to leverage the resource that we have.”

Learning center honors the legacy of Auntie Aggie Cope

The late Agnes Kalanihookaha Cope – affectionately known as “Auntie Aggie” – was a long-time Nānākuli resident and a champion for Native Hawaiian health, education, culture and arts. Kamehameha Schools honored the legacy of Auntie Aggie and strengthened its commitment to the Wai‘anae Coast community by building the Kalanihookaha Community Learning Center in Nānākuli.

Slated to open in 2020, center will serve as a place for gathering and learning with an emphasis on health, education and ‘āina. The Wai‘anae Coast Region is home to the third-largest concentration of Native Hawaiians in the state with upwards of 28,000, including nearly 10,000 in Nānākuli alone.

Employment trends suggest that health, education and agriculture are emerging industries in West O‘ahu. Our core programming will cater to young adults and offer career development classes as well as learning opportunities in those areas. These programs will give our young people a leading edge in the workplace. The Kalanihookaha Community Learning Center will provide platforms through which students can realize that post-secondary education is not only attainable, but leads to real career opportunities in communities they live in.

Kalei Ka‘ilihiwa, Wai‘anae Regional Director, Kamehameha Schools

Ka Pa‘alana Program serves struggling families

Strengthening our lāhui can only happen by partnering with others such as Partners in Development’s Ka Paʻalana program. Vital programs such as this can have a profound impact on struggling families. Mistelani is an example of strength and perseverance. Watch her story of progress with the support of a community that inspires and equips families for success. Video credit: Partners in Development Foundation.

Creating a Hawaiian innovation and learning space

In 2017, Kamehameha Schools transformed a former auto parts store in Mōʻiliʻili into a collaborative learning space called Hālau ʻInana ma Kapaʻakea. The space focuses on connecting, engaging and facilitating successful student transitions from high school into college and from college into careers; while developing and catalyzing leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

To elevate the level of learning opportunities offered at Hālau ʻInana, KS forged strategic partnerships with the University of Hawai‘i, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Moonshot Laboratory Hawai‘i, Ho‘okele Strategies and Oceanit.

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