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“We set and support high expectations for our students to be leaders and agents of change serving others in need,” says Kamehameha Schools CEO Jack Wong. “Developing leaders among Hawaiian youth means providing deep roots for our graduates to grow into confident leaders and influencers, proud to represent Hawai‘i’s native culture and language, and honored to be good and industrious men and women.”
As the state’s only independent K-12 school with a unique mission of educational excellence to uplift our lāhui (native people) for a better future, KS strives to educate the mind and the heart. KS students are challenged to learn, practice and improve their ability for ho‘omau (perseverance), kūlia (strive) and loina (values) through a meaningful college prep curriculum, attentive teachers and the latest technology on state-of-art campuses.
Three dynamic campuses statewide are mindful of their connection to the communities each serves, while sharing a unified vision on qualities of excellent leadership. These include mālama and kuleana (social agency, community consciousness) and alaka‘i lawelawe (servant leadership). Here’s how the campuses are making these admirable leadership attributes real for their haumāna (students):
Kamehameha School Hawai‘i develops student leaders to achieve ‘Ōiwi Edge, built on a strong ancestral foundation, to become adaptive contributors who fulfill their purpose and kuleana in a changing world. Diverse opportunities include third graders learning interdependence and resiliency in Hawai‘i Island’s forest ecosystems; seventh and eighth graders studying the TMT/Mauna Kea controversy on their island; and AP Biology high school students partnering with the Kumuola Marine Science Education Center to investigate fish and genetics recruitment patterns to sustain Hilo’s Waiāhole fishpond.
Kamehameha School Maui aims for all students to E Ola! by cultivating cultural values and practices, such as ‘ike kupuna and aloha ‘āina, that define the leaders they can become. Fourth graders discover such issues as climate change, rapid ‘ōhi‘a death, and Hawai‘i renewable energy. Middle school students on Team ‘Ōpe‘ape‘a (the endangered Hawaiian Hoary Bat) project, a partnership with local biologists, learn about conservation, restoration and sustainability. Students in the Papa Ho‘okele Wa‘a program work with a non-profit voyaging organization to learn to sail a canoe while strengthening cultural connections as well as collaborative and community readiness life skills.
Kamehameha School Kapālama builds the entire school experience around helping Native Hawaiian learners explore their potential and kuleana as leaders for their community. Through our E Ola! Learner Outcomes framework, we challenge our students to channel the ancestral ‘ike woven into their DNA and apply that wisdom, ingenuity, and spirit of innovation to the evolving landscape of the modern world. We believe that if we provide meaningful opportunities for our students to engage with their own communities, they discover the agency to make meaningful impacts as servant leaders rooted in Hawaiian and Christian values. Even during times like these when uncertainty and doubt may loom, we are proud of our students for demonstrating the resilience and resolve becoming of leaders who will lead Hawai‘i into the future and inspire the world.
Kamehameha School Hawai‘i | 16-716 Volcano Road, Kea‘au | (808) 982-0000
Kamehameha School Maui | 275 ‘A‘apueo Parkway, Pukalani | (808) 572-3100
Kamehameha School Kapālama | 1887 Makuakane Street, Honolulu | (808) 842-8211