In accordance with the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the governance of Kamehameha Schools rests with a board of trustees. The board of trustees provides the strategic direction and focus necessary to fulfill and sustain the vision, mission and values of Kamehameha Schools.
Composed of five individuals — equally vested with the responsibility and duty of collectively carrying out the testamentary will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop — the sole purpose of the board is to set policy. In accordance with Kamehameha’s organizational structure, the day-to-day management of the institution rests with a board-appointed chief executive officer and his or her chosen managerial staff.
Kamehameha’s organizational structure is comprised of eight major operating groups, with the leader of each group reporting directly to the CEO. The CEO and his ten direct reports comprise ‘Aha Kūlia, which means a council that strives, or makes a great effort. The eight groups are Education, Administration, Communications, Community and ʻĀina Resiliency, Hi‘ialo, Finance, Legal and Strategy and Transformation.
The CEO is responsible for the leadership, administration, management and effectiveness of Kamehameha Schools' operations, including planning, coordinating, and directing the implementation of the KS strategic plan, all other strategic plans and the policies, goals, and objectives set by the trustees.
Kamehameha Schools educates and empowers ‘ōiwi leaders who are grounded in E Ola!, by operating world-class campuses that share a commitment to Hawaiian culture-based education.
The Hi‘ialo Group fosters the holistic development of Native Hawaiians as local and global leaders from early learning through adulthood. The word “hi‘ialo” speaks to how one carries and nurtures something precious.
The Administration Group oversees key enterprise-wide administrative services and functions including human resources, information technology, facilities, enterprise risk and safety, and certain educational supports.
The Communications Group advances KS’ brand and builds positive relationships with key stakeholders through its two divisions: Marketing and Strategic Communications.
Community and ʻĀina Resiliency balances educational, cultural, environmental, community and economic returns for KS through the stewardship and management of 360,000 acres of ʻāina Pauahi on five islands.
The Finance Group oversees the financial resources of the organization, including managing the Endowment Fund and providing enterprise-wide infrastructure for financial decision-making, accounting, and cash management.
The Legal Group defends the will of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi; enables the lawful, ethical advancement of KS’ Mission; and provides centralized legal services through its five divisions: Office of the Vice President, Education Division, Endowment Division, Tax Division and Compliance Division.
The Strategy and Transformation Group provides strategic intelligence, ensures strategic alignment, strengthens decision-making, and facilitates innovation across the organization.
The Internal Audit Department is responsible for providing independent assurance that the risk management, governance and internal control processes of Kamehameha Schools operate effectively.