Kamehameha Schools (KS) has been dedicated to early learning for over thirty years.  KS has 30 preschools statewide that enroll over 1,600 keiki, ages 3 and 4.  Each classroom typically consists of 20 keiki in the 4-year-old classes and 18 keiki in 3-year-old classes.  Each classroom has a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant, making the adult to child ratio 1-to-10 for 4-year-olds  and 1-to-9 for 3-year-olds.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”) recognizes early childhood programs, which meet national standards of quality. As an accredited program all Kamehameha Preschools have met the NAEYC requirements and continues to meet a variety of strict criteria related to providing developmentally appropriate experiences for children ranging in ages 3-5-years old. Our preschool program considers what is known about how children learn and develop; individual child’s strengths, interests and needs; and the social and cultural contexts in which children live in order to implement a developmentally and culturally appropriate program.

In addition, as an accredited program, Kamehameha Schools employs well qualified and trained staff and ensures an adequate number of staff for the number of children, meeting stringent health and safety standards, and providing opportunities for parent involvement. The accreditation process includes an on-site study of the program and review by a three-member national commission.

As part of accreditation guidelines, the Kamehameha Preschools are licensed by the State of Hawaiʻi – Department of Human Services and follow their guidelines for preschool operations and management.


KS’ preschools operate for 10 months a year (August–May). In general, preschool hours begin between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m., and ends between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. There is also an extended day program at most of the sites, which begins between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and ends between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

Only current residents of the State of Hawaiʻi may apply for admission to KS’ Preschool Program. “Current residency” means that the child and his/her parents/legal guardians are living in the State of Hawaiʻi by the application deadline. Island or community-specific residence is further required, depending on the preschool to which the child is applying. There are no exceptions to these requirements.

Admission to all preschools is done by random computer selection (lottery). Kamehameha’s policy on admissions is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like to be considered under that policy, your Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by KS’ Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center. Visit .

For more information about applying to Kamehameha preschools, visit or applicants on Oʻahu may call 842-8800; neighbor island applicants may call toll-free 1-800-842-4682 (IMUA), press 1.

Tuition is charged to attend both the preschool and the extended day programs.   Please visit the Admissions website at and click on the “Tuition Information” tab on the right side of the page to view our tuition information for the 2017-2018 school year.

Need-based financial aid is available through an application process. We encourage all KS preschool parents/legal guardians to apply for financial aid. Visit or call (808) 534-8080; neighbor island applicants may call toll-free 1-800-842-4682 (IMUA), press 2.