Kamehameha Schools envisions by 2040 a thriving Lāhui in which learners achieve postsecondary educational success that enables good life and career choices, and positions them to lead and contribute to their communities, both locally and globally.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools Association (HAIS), Kamehameha Schools leads the nation in the number of National Board Certified teachers at an independent school. Twenty-eight of those educators are located on KS’ Maui campus.
Cultural principles of Hawaiian Identity serve as a foundation for all what we do at KS. KSM promotes the practice and perpetuation of Hawaiian worldviews, culture and ‘ōlelo through:
Kūlia i ka nu‘u (strive to reach the summit): Distinguished teaching, learning and leadership practice that is cultural; values and responds to the unique mo‘olelo of Hawai‘i; strengthens the aspirations of each learner; and values both professional learning opportunities and peer collaborations.
Ma ka hana ka ‘ike (knowledge to be gained through work): Well-designed learning environments that support effective Hawaiian culture-based education (e.g., practices and content); provide for the interaction of diverse people and ideas; and promote the effective development of the whole learner (physically, mentally, emotionally, culturally and spiritually).
Ka ‘ike a ka makua he hei na ke keiki (the knowledge of the parents is absorbed by the child): Engagement of families in the teaching and learning process in ways that their understanding and appreciation of the values, beliefs and principles that support a Hawaiian culture-based education are reinforced at home and in the communities in which they reside.
‘O Hawai‘i ku‘u kulāiwi (Hawai‘i is my native land): Devotion to our native homeland, Hawai‘i as expressed through acts of aloha ‘āina – Hawaiian patriotism, and engagement of learners of all ages in social, cultural and political experiences that foster love for and life-long allegiance to our Pae ‘Āina o Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Homeland) and Hawaiian people.
Pauahi’s vision to educate Hawaiian children in perpetuity has been realized on Maui throughout the last 20 years. You are invited to watch a brief remembrance of how KS Maui started in 1996, including interviews with original staff members and from retirees and leaders. The eight-minute video below was shown at the 2015 KS Maui Founder’s Day program.