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Apply to Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i

Please check back in October for updated program and application information.

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Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i is a one-week program for students that will be entering the 6th grade. The program engages students in hands-on learning activities focused on cultural values and practices to develop Hawaiian identity and leadership.

  • Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i program will operate as a week-long day program with in person, community based learning days.
  • Programs will run on the islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i island. Students will be assigned to in-person, community-based learning, on the island in which they reside. Students living outside of these five islands will be asked in the application which island program they plan to attend and are responsible for providing their own air transportation and boarding for the program.
  • Bus transportation will be provided for in-person, community-based learning days. Please note, there will be no bus transportation to or from Hana.

Visit the Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i homepage to learn more »

How to apply

Apply online

The application for the 2023 Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i program is closed. Check application status.

Ancestry verification

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha’s Ho‘oulu Verification Services.

Application calendar


Application opens


Application deadline


  • Entering Grade 6.
  • New applicant.
  • Not currently enrolled full-time at a Kamehameha campus.
  • Applicants must be able to fully participate in the program.



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(808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA and press 3 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.)