Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, is an innovative approach by Kamehameha Schools to improve land management operations, enhance safety systems for our staff and students and explore potential uses as a learning tool for haumāna. Unmanned Aircraft Systems, the preferred term within the growing industry, represents an efficient and cost-effective way to assess the nearly 364,000 acres of KS' agriculture, conservation, education and commercial lands. One of the program's objectives is to make assessments safer, faster and less expensive.
Important note: The Federal Aviation Administration regulates all airspace and has three categories of unmanned aircraft system pilots: 1) hobbyist/ recreational; 2) public/government, and 3) civil/commercial. Kamehameha Schools is in the commercial category and fly within strict FAA guidelines. Only employees who are certified and part of Kamehameha Schools unmanned aircraft teams may fly on company property.
If you are a hobbyist or recreational pilot, or want more information, here are some links that may be helpful.