2018-2019 Early Release Days – October 24, February 22 & April 18

Aloha e Nä `Ohana,

This is a reminder that Wednesday, October 24th; Friday, February 22nd and Thursday, April 18th are early release days for the 2018-2019 School Year.  Dismissal is as follows:

12:10 p.m.:     K-6 terminal bus riders

12:20 p.m.:     K-2 car pick up students and their siblings in grades 3-6

12:30 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:


12:20 p.m.: Terminal Shuttle (Students not picked up by 12:50 p.m. will be taken to Kama`äina Kids.)


K-2 Car Pick Up Dismissed at 12:20 p.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)

12:20-12:35 p.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 12:20 p.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.


12:45 p.m.      Early Bus Shuttles: (Wai‘anae A, Waimänalo A, Mililani A, Pearl City A, Käneohe A)

12:55 p.m.      Late Bus Shuttles: (Princess Kahanu/Mä‘ili, Nänäkuli A, Kapolei A, Hawai‘i Kai, Waipahu, ‘Ewa A, Wahiawa/Hale‘iwa, Makakilo, North Shore A, North Shore B

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 or 262-4538 for details.

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


KES Office

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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:  https://blogs.ksbe.edu/kes/files/2018/03/2018-2019-ES-Parent-and-Student-Handbook.pdf  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:  blogs.ksbe.edu/kes/forms/:

  • 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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College and Career Fair

Keiki enjoyed visiting our KES College and Career Fair on Thursday, April 12th.  Grade 1-5 classes rotated through different presenters inside and outside of our Ke`eaumoku Gym.  We were grateful to have a range of presenters (alumni, parents and community members) who shared their profession and educational experience with our students.  Mahalo nui loa to all our presenters!

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2018-2019 School Year Calendar Available

The long awaited 2018-2019 School Year Calendar is now available at the following link:

School Year 2018-2019 [Final student022318gray]


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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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CSAL Boys Gr 6 Volleyball Tryouts

CSAL Boys Volleyball Tryouts:  Grade 6


WHAT:  Christian Schools Athletic League (CSAL) Boys Volleyball Tryouts


WHEN:  1/24 Wednesday and 1/26 Friday



3:30-4:45 p.m. – Kamāmalu outside courts

Study hall from 2:30-3:30pm with Kama`āina kids in the dining hall

(*no charge to families)



COMMITMEMNT:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays- practices and/ or games.  Practices will be at the Kamāmalu courts



Dates:  TBD

Season:  Feb 5- March 2

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (these times reflect away game with traveling time)

Team will be dropped off at the game site after school, and will need to be picked up at the site by parents after the game.


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