Completing the HAR form
- Please read and follow all instructions before ﬁlling out the HAR form. HAR forms which are improperly completed will be subject to processing delays. Detailed instructions can be found on the back of the HAR form as well as on page Step 1: Completing the HAR Form.
- It is very important to submit the HAR form with an appropriate signature. Processing will be delayed for forms which are improperly signed. See the section "Signature" for specific signature requirements.
- To minimize processing delays, ﬁll out the entire HAR form. Unless otherwise indicated, all family information is required, including information for non Hawaiian family members. See the section on "Family ancestry information" for instructions on completing the HAR form if information is unknown.
- For all family members, provide names given at birth in the area indicated (next to the circled numbers). Other names, including married names, should be listed in the designated area. See the section on "Names to provide for the applicant and ancestors" for requirements if a legal name change is involved.
- A complete HAR form is required for each applicant. Data Center staff cannot transfer information from another HAR form on your behalf.
- Data Center will use parent and grandparent documents already on ﬁle from other relatives. See the section "Names of KS or Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center registered relatives" for instructions.
- Certified copies of original documents (birth certificates, court documents, etc.) must be submitted. Photocopies cannot be used for verification. See page Step 2: Gathering Documents for more information.
- Allow ample time to obtain required documents. Some agencies may require at least 4–6 weeks for a document to be issued.
- The applicant's birth certiﬁcate is always required, including when parent and grandparent birth certiﬁcates are obtained from a sibling ﬁle. See page Step 2: Gathering Documents for documentation requirements.
- Preschool applicants: Photocopies of birth certiﬁcates submitted to the Admissions Department with preschool applications are not forwarded to the Data Center and would not be used for verification since we require certiﬁed copies of documents.
- Be sure to respond to Data Center requests for documentation or information promptly, especially if applying to a KS program. Applicants who do not complete the veriﬁcation process in a timely manner will not be considered under Kamehameha Schools' policy which gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
- You will receive a verification letter from the Data Center upon completion of the verification process. The letter acknowledges that the Hawaiian ancestry for the named applicant has been veriﬁed by the Data Center in accordance with its procedures. This information will remain on ﬁle with the Data Center for us to access any time you apply for a KS program. Please keep the letter on hand for future reference.
- Keep us informed of changes to your contact information, even after you've completed the verification process so that we can keep our database current.
KS students and alumni
Current KS students and alumni must verify their Hawaiian ancestry with the Data Center if they wish to receive preference in accordance with KS' policy for future programs to which they may apply. Our veriﬁcation procedures and standards may have changed since the time that the student or graduate was enrolled at KS.