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Kamehameha Schools Maui

Academics at Kula Waena (Middle School)

Emerging Hawaiian leaders equipped with 21st century skills and grounded in Hawaiian and Christian values

Welcome from Po’o Kumu

Aloha pumehana kākou!

Lois Nishikawa

Welcome to Ke Kula Waena o Kamehameha ma Maui! It is my honor to share about the middle school years and the opportunities that await you. This wahi pana (place) will be your academic home away from home for three years of your middle school life. As you apply for admission or transition to the middle school, I want to remind you about some of the benefits of a Kamehameha Schools Maui education:

  • World class college preparatory curriculum
  • College and career readiness programs and supports
  • Culturally and spiritually grounded in Hawaiian language, culture, and identity and Christian values
  • Caring and engaging kumu (teachers) committed to your success will walk alongside you mentoring you along the way
  • Kula Waena will help you move seamlessly from elementary to middle school.
  • We teach children to be inventive, entrepreneurial, intuitive, and to use knowledge as a means toward enriching humankind and protecting (mālama) our environment and world
  • School traditions that are unique to our community and binds each class together
  • Generous financial aid to help with tuition costs and uniform assistance
  • Bus service to and from campus for those residents in Lāhaina, Kihei, and Central Maui

The best interests of our haumāna are at the heart of all decisions which I make. Our Kula Waena team is here to provide you with high quality, nurturing and dynamic learning experiences which will inspire haumāna to reach their goals and enable them to thrive, compete and become good and industrious people who serve their ‘ohana, communities and the world. Come join us and become a Warrior!

Ke aloha nui,

Lois Nishikawa
Po’o Kumu (Principal)

Academics – Kula Waena (Middle School)

The ʻōʻō symbolizes the tilling of the soil to build a rich environment, a solid foundation during the Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School exploratory years. The sun rises above Haleakalā as our kula sits on this hillside slope within our wahi pana (place) of ‘A’apueo. The kukui leaf embodies enlightenment for knowledge and growth. The piko (center) spiral backdrop balances whole child development of social, emotional, physical, intellectual and cognitive skills to enable lifelong success.

KSM middle school includes grades 6-8 with an average enrollment of 324 students and 108 students per grade level. Admission is competitive. The acceptance rate at the middle school is 1:4. The student body is diverse, with a wide range of interests and talents. Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy gives preference to children of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Special consideration is extended to Hawaiian orphans and indigents.

College and career focus

The KSM Middle School offers a comprehensive world class college preparatory curriculum which includes assessments aligned with college and career readiness benchmarks. KSM Kumu and staff will support and guide haumāna through the process to best achieve college and career readiness objectives.

Students transition to block scheduling during their middle school years which means most of their classes are in 80-minute blocks. This allows more time for student collaboration, projects and hands-on activities to facilitate learning by doing, ma ka hana ka ‘ike. Electives are offered in 45-minute blocks. The core and elective courses offered at middle school are shared below:


Grade six rotates through one elective each quarter to gain a broad exposure to offerings. Grade seven and grade eight haumāna register for the elective of their choice for the entire year. Intramural sports are offered once a month during the PE class, to help introduce haumāna to a wide range of athletic opportunities.

Headmasters List 4.0 GPA
(108 students per class)

  • Grade 6: 5 students
  • Grade 7: 11 students
  • Grade 8: 5 students

Principal List 3.5-3.99 GPA
(108 students per class)

  • Grade 6: 45 students
  • Grade 7: 50 students
  • Grade 8: 50 students

Advanced program offerings

Advanced-level courses are offered for Math and English during the middle school years. Haumāna are selected based on test scores and teacher recommendation. Invitations to participate in these advanced programs are sent home and families are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings. 18 percent of eighth-graders qualify for Honors and AP classes in ninth grade.

College and career readiness

  • Naviance is a computer program that helps students plan their educational path. In the middle school years, students complete inventories that help define their strengths and interests. They begin to look at colleges, and investigate careers. In high school, students use Naviance to develop a career plan, investigate colleges, and research scholarships. At KSM, students get a Naviance account, and complete a Learning Styles inventory and an interest inventory. We want our students to be familiar with Naviance before they enter high school.
  • College and Career Awareness is promoted during the middle school years. Haumāna prepare for college and career in guidance classes throughout their entire middle school years. Other activities include career presentations, and college visits (in-person and virtual).
  • Athletic Academic Counselor Students and families are provided with a dedicated counselor to assist them with connecting the student-athlete to the right program and college for them. KSM has successfully partnered with families to secure athletic and academic resources for up to 17 senior athletes in a given year. During the middle school years, families are exposed to the college recruitment process and creation of athletic profiles. Visit with or contact Athletic Counselor Ulima Afoa to start planning for your future
  • Servant Leadership is a core element of the KSM Kula Waena experience. Grade levels participate with community service events and activities throughout the year. This involvement positions learners to lead and contribute to their communities, both locally and globally.

Technology program

Each middle school student is issued a MacBook Air laptop equipped with OSX El Capitan, Microsoft Office Suite, Apple iLife and iWork Suites and wireless internet access anywhere on campus. Students are expected to be proficient in a myriad of productivity and creative software applications. In class, students utilize these applications to complete papers, presentations and conduct research. All students have a school-based e-mail account and are expected to be responsible digital citizens. All middle school teachers are provided with MacBook Pro laptop. They have all of the same software applications as the students. Teachers have additional software for classroom management and enhancing communication with families.

Civic engagement

Student government offers leadership development for those interested. Every grade level elects a president, vice president, secretary and representative.

Extracurricular and Co-curricular Student Participation

All students are encouraged to participate in a sport or belong to one of the clubs or academic teams at the Middle School. Approximately 54 percent of our students participate on at least one sport or athletic team and 23 percent participate in at least one club, organization or academic team.

Sports and Athletic Teams

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Makahiki Games
  • Paddling
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Club and academic teams

  • Math Counts
  • Robotics
  • Hiki Nō
  • Yearbook
  • Nā Kamalei a Pauahi
    (Malia Craver Hula Competition group)
  • Science Olympiad

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