Photos: Kamehameha Schools
Developing leaders among Hawaiian youth is at the forefront of the state’s only independent K-12 school with a unique mission to create excellence in educational opportunities for a better future for its native people. Its three dynamic campuses statewide, each connected to and mindful of the diverse communities they serve, share a common focus on admired leader qualities, such as mālama and kuleana (social agency, community consciousness), alaka‘i lawelawe (servant leadership), and other Hawaiian and Christian values.
“At Kamehameha Schools we place our keiki at the center of everything we do. Every haumāna (student) is challenged to become a local and global ‘ōiwi leader, grounded in their faith, strong in their culture, and inspired by our ancestral traditions of exploration, service, and excellence,” says KS CEO Jack Wong. “Our world-class campuses feature rigorous standards; student-centered learning; engaged, empowered educators; and supportive Hawaiian learning environments. I Mua Kamehameha!”
Challenged by dedicated teachers, a meaningful college prep curriculum, and the latest technology on state-of-the-art campuses, KS students learn and practice loina (customs) and improve their ability to ho‘omau (persevere) and kūlia (strive). Here’s how the campuses create opportunities for these leadership attributes to flourish:
M. Kāhealani Nae‘ole-Wong, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Po‘o Kula
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i is guided by its shared purpose of achieving ‘Ōiwi Edge excellence in a fast-changing world, to develop learners and leaders who can adapt as the world changes. Ultimately, they aim to design a path, grounded in proven values, needed to evolve and adapt to contribute to the greater good. It can be fun and contemporary, such as sixth graders stepping up to design and lead the Kea‘au campus’ KanakaCon comic book convention. It can be far-reaching and impactful for its seniors, who every year culminate their educational experience with a service learning legacy project that gives back to their community.
Dr. Scott Parker, Kamehameha Schools Maui Po‘o Kula
Kamehameha Schools Maui challenged its 1,100 students to take the lead on sustainability that’s focused on people and the environment. Living on the only island free of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, fourth grade students’ ‘ōhi‘a legacy project included research with The Nature Conservancy and a public awareness campaign, with original design t-shirts and information cards, for the Pukalani campus’ annual Ho‘olaule‘a. Middle school students’ “passion projects” included cleaning plastic pollution in Maui’s streams and watershed protection featured at the school’s first Sustainability Night for the community. High school students participated in service learning and Hō‘ike Nui Senior Projects that involved multiple classes engaging with the community on sustainability.
Dr. Taran Chun, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Po‘o Kula
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama is focused on student-centered learning, one of its guiding tactics to develop mindful leaders who are also passionate learners. Through E Ola! Learner Outcomes, haumāna (students) build a strong foundation for leadership by discovering ‘ike kūpuna (ancestral knowledge), where they come to value the perspectives, knowledge and practices of their ancestors. Also important are creating opportunities—in and outside of the classroom—for students to nurture their love and appreciation for the ‘āina and to move on to building personal character founded in Hawaiian and Christian values. In doing so, haumāna understand their kuleana to the communities in which they live and to one day become alaka‘i lawelawe (servant leaders).
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i | 16-716 Volcano Road, Kea‘au | (808) 982-0000
Kamehameha Schools Maui | 275 ‘A‘apueo Parkway, Pukalani | (808) 572-3100
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama | 1887 Makuakane Street, Honolulu | (808) 842-8211