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Fall Book Fair- Parent Volunteers Needed!


October 22 – 26, 2018
8:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

(Will close at 11:30 on Wednesday 10/24 and 12:30 on Friday, 10/26)

Keku`iapoiwa Dining Hall

 The KES Fall Book Fair, Enchanted Book Fair, arrives at Keku`iapoiwa Dining Hall on October 22!

                 We will be open each day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will close early on 10/24 for Early Release and 10/26 to break down the fair.

***Volunteers are needed for Book Fair Set-Up (October 19) and to staff the Book Fair daily. 

Sign up at: KES Book Fair Site  In our efforts to “go green,” all the necessary information can be found online.

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Book Fair Reminders

Aloha mai kākou,

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up 10/22-10/26.  The Book fair opens at 8:00am, and closes at 3:00pm- with the exception of the last day, we will close at 12:30pm on 10/26.  Parents may visit the fair with keiki between 2:30-3:00pm.

***Note:  we will have no plastic bags at the Book Fair this year.  Please have your keiki bring in a reusable bag on the day he/she will visit the fair. 


Aside from their “Free Book,” haumāna may also bring cash/checks in for purchasing books.  Our book fair is not a fundraiser, as we are a non-profit organization; therefore, Kamehameha passes on the discount to all, which means that all purchases receive a 25% off of all items at our book fair. For your convenience we accept cash, credit cards and personal checks.  Be sure to make checks payable to Kamehameha Schools  (include your child’s name & room number at the bottom of the check, also sales tax is charged on every purchase).  Unfortunately we cannot give out change if the check amount is too large.

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School Picture Taking Day – August 15

Aloha mai kākou,

School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, August 15th.  Information and picture packet order forms will also be sent home via your student (copy of the envelope is attached).  All students will be photographed individually, and as a group, even if you don’t wish to purchase any portrait packages as their pictures will be used for their school ID.

Sixth graders are asked to dress in aloha attire for picture taking.  Please be sure to refer to the 2018-2019 Student Parent Handbook for guidelines on appropriate aloha attire:  All other students should wear their school uniforms.

If you are ordering pictures, please be sure that on picture taking day:

  1. Your child has their picture envelope completely filled out
  2. The exact amount for the portrait package is enclosed in the picture envelope
  3. Your child has the picture envelope with them on picture day

Make-ups and retakes will be taken on Friday, August 31st.  More information regarding retake day will be sent out as we get closer to that date.

Mahalo – KES Office

Picture Taking Envelope

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2018-2019 School Year Information

Aloha mai kakou,

The following 2018-2019 School Year Information is now available at the link:

  • School Calendars
  • Parent and Student Handbook
  • School Supply List
  • Open House/Orientation Dates
  • Breakfast Program Information
  • Required Summer Reading Requirements for entering Grade 5 & 6 students
  • Summer Reading for entering Grade 1-6 students
  • Links to other department information

We hope that you will find this information helpful as you prepare for the start of the upcoming school year.  Have a wonderful rest of your summer and we’ll see you on Monday, August 6th.

Mahalo – KES Office

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I mua e nā kumu!

Kamehameha Schools treasures its teachers, and starting on Teacher Appreciation Week – May 7 through 11 – communities throughout O‘ahu will know just how much!

Select KS Kapālama school busses have been fitted with banners with the keiki message: “Mahalo e nā kumu for putting us first!”

KS and its community partners teamed up on the banner project to thank our kumu for the meaningful work they do to mold the next generation of learners and leaders.

Mahalo nui loa to the KS Kapālama Operations Support team for their kōkua and guidance to make this project possible.

I mua e nā kumu!

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ʻO Pepeluali Ka Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi & Remembrances of Princess Keʻelikōlani – Wear ‘ula’ula (red) on 9 o Pepeluali

Aloha mai e nā mākua a me nā ʻohana,

ʻO Pepeluali Ka Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi!  February is Hawaiian Language Month and we will be focusing on three basic questions that everyone at Kamehameha Elementary School will be striving to use.  Kūlia i ka nuʻu! (Please review the attachment about Ka Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 2018 for more details.)

ʻO ka lā 9 o Pepeluali i ka makahiki 1826 ka lā hānau o Ke Aliʻi Keʻelikōlani.  February 9, 1826 is the birthdate of Princess Keʻelikōlani.  Known for her insistence of the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and practice of her culture during the changing times of the 19th century, she remains as an excellent example of kūpaʻa for our lāhui Hawaiʻi in these changing times.

Both great-granddaughters of Kamehameha, Keʻelikōlani and Pauahi share Kaʻōleiokū, the first-born son of Kamehameha, as a grandfather.  Their mothers were children of Kaʻōleiokū and Princess Bernice Pauahi was named after Keʻelikōlani’s mother Kalani Pauahi.  Through her will, Ruth Keʻelikōlani left all of her waiwai to her kaikaina i aloha nui ʻia, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who then used that waiwai to found the Kamehameha Schools.  (Please see Remembrances of Keʻelikōlani attachment for more information.)

Today the Koleke ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (College of Hawaiian Language) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is named Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani.  On Friday, February 9, 2018, we are asking KES haumāna to wear ʻulaʻula (red shirt/blouse/t-shirt) with their uniform bottoms to visually recall Keʻelikōlani’s leadership through ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and cultural practice and to remember her pilina with Pauahi because we are nā pua lei a Pauahi.

E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!

Poʻo Kumu Ronnie Kopp a me KES Staff

‘O Pepeluali Ka Mahina ‘Olelo Hawai’i 2018

Remembrances of Princess Ke’elikolani

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Reminder: Founder’s Day – December 19, 2017

Aloha e Nā `Ohana,

This is a reminder that we will be celebrating the birth of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop our Tuesday, December 19th and students are required to be in Special Events attire for the assembly:



  • Uniform Pants – long, navy blue twill, pleated
  • Uniform Shirt – white polo
  • Athletic Shoes, socks and belt



  • Uniform Skirt, Skort or Jumper – navy blue
  • Uniform Shirt – white polo
  • Athletic Shoes and Socks


It is also an early release day and students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  Dismissal schedule is as follows:

  • 11:10 p.m.:     K-6 terminal bus riders
  • 11:20 p.m.:     K-2 car pick up students and their siblings in grades 3-6
  • 11:30 p.m.:     All other students in grades K-6
  • Please note that all students will be served lunch prior to dismissal.


The following is a schedule for pick up and shuttles to the terminal and rural areas:



11:20 a.m.: Terminal Shuttle (Students not picked up by 11:50 a.m. will be taken to Kama`äina Kids.)



K-2 Car Pick Up Dismissed at 11:20 a.m.

(If you have students in K-2 and siblings in upper grades, upper grade students will be picked up with K-2 at the Nahi`ena`ena Island Car Pick up)


11:20-11:35 a.m.: Grades K-2: Nahi`ena`ena Island Car Pick up (siblings in grades 3-6 should go to the Nahi`ena`ena Island Car Pick up at 11:20 a.m.)  Cars must exit through the main gate or Puna Gates only.  Officers will have the traffic flow outlined for you and be available to assist.  Please abide by their instructions.


Please do not enter the car pick up area early.  This creates a traffic jam and if other cars behind you have been loaded, you will be asked to move to the back of the line to expedite the process.  All are asked to respect the instructions of KES staff when asked to do so.



11:45 a.m.      Early Bus Shuttles: (Käneohe A, Mililani A, Pearl City/Aiea A, Wai‘anae A/Princess Kahanu/Mä‘ili & Waimänalo A/Kailua/Enchanted Lakes)


11:55 a.m.      Late Bus Shuttles: (‘Ewa A, Hawai‘i Kai, Kapolei A, Makakilo, Nänäkuli A, North Shore A, North Shore B, Wahiawa/Hale‘iwa & Waipahu)


Early bus shuttles will leave directly from elementary. Please be at your child’s bus pick up location no later than 30 minutes after the KES departure time. Late buses will proceed to middle school and high school for student pick up before leaving campus. Please be at your child’s bus pick up location no later than 60 minutes after the KES departure time. Please keep in mind that traffic at this time of day is different and these are approximations of travel times.



Swim Club will begin at 3:00 p.m. but students are NOT ALLOWED to stay on campus between dismissal and swim club practice. You will need to make arrangements for their transportation home and then return to campus for Swim Club or enroll in Kama`äina Kids.



Kama`äina Kids will again provide services to those students who are currently enrolled on a regular basis.  They will also accept applications for the day.  Please contact them at 842-8042 for details.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 842-8383.




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KES represents Hawai’i in the 2017 National Christmas Tree Experience: America Celebrates display in Washington, DC!

Aloha e KES ‘Ohana,

We wanted to share that Kamehameha Elementary School Kapälama campus had the privilege of being selected, by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, as the representative of the State of Hawai‘i at the 2017 National Christmas Tree Experience: America Celebrates display in Washington, DC!

This marks the 95th year of this national holiday tradition. The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 30th (broadcast shown on the Hallmark Channel on December 4th) with the trees on display through the month of December.   You can also view information regarding the display at: (not yet updated with 2017 school ornament information).

We were tasked to create twelve ornaments that specifically represent our state.  We are so very proud of our haumāna and the exemplary attributes they displayed of our E Ola learner outcomes. They are the creators of the stories of Hawai‘i and its culture to be shared throughout the nation.  It was truly a kākou effort with the support of our dedicated Visual Arts Team: Kathy Chock, Wendy Larrow and Tammy Aea.

We wanted to thank the many students for their dedication and creativity (Hawaii Christmas Ornaments_Photos):

Grade 6:  Tanaya Ale, Mackenzy Beppu, Carly Cruz, Kelliann Cruz, Kadence Fergerstrom,  Stella Imada, Raevyn Kalili, Breeana Kawatomari, Nahe Koanui, Eastlynn Lane, Tyren Lawe, Grace Martinez, Cameron McGough, Mamo Nite, Sammy Nourrie, Mele Peaua, Ocean Palelei, Taylor Ryan, Kili Salvador, Taitea Sunaoka,  Mahina Tahere

Grade 5:  Makai Barr, Seth Chang, Chloe Imada, Bailey Ishii, Elai Iwanaga, Mikayla Kakaio, Blake Nakatsukasa, Jaxen Nishimura, Shanti Ng, Carly Paet, Nalei Shannon, Trevor Tanoura

Grade 4:  Tabitha Ryan

Grade 3:  Pilialoha Carlson, Dayton dela Cruz-Espina, Hilinai Holt, Lygia Kaaihue-Kawaa, Kodi Kwan, Mikayla Santilena, Emilee Torres

Grade 1:  Slayter Ishii

The spirit of Aloha is the gift we share at this holiday season.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Kumu, Nā Alaka‘i, a me Nā Limahana o ke Kula Ha‘aha‘a ‘o Kamehameha ma Kapālama  

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2nd Semester After School Enrichment Classes Sign Up Now Open

Registration for second semester afterschool classes is currently available.  Visit our KES website at KES Blog- Afterschool classes to view individual class program information.  All registration forms and payments are due directly to the instructor.  Classes will begin the week of January 22nd (with the exception of our Hip Hop class).

Information on second semester Gr. 3-4 afterschool Robotics can be found at the following link:

CSAL Boys Volleyball (Grade 4-6) starts up on February 5 – March 2.  Tryouts will be scheduled for mid-January and more information will be shared when students return from Christmas Break.  Please contact Mr. Ryder Maeda at or 842-3368 if you are interested in coaching.


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Halloween @ KES

Look who visited our Kula Haʻahaʻa today for 👻 Halloween 🎃!

Have a safe Halloween! 🎃

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