WELINA MAI I KE KULA HA‘AHA‘A ‘O KAMEHAMEHA!

Aloha mai kākou e nā kūpuna, nā mākua, nā kahu hānai keiki, a me nā hoaloha o ke Kula Ha‘aha‘a ‘o Kamehameha. Kamehameha Schools is an educational institution that carries on the legacy of its founder, Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The elementary school, formerly known as the preparatory department, opened its doors on May 18, 1888 at Ka‘iwiula, as a boarding school for boys under age 12, and operated for 40 years. It closed in 1932 due to lack of funding during the depression and reopened in 1943 at the McNeil Street site as a co-educational day school. In 1955, the Preparatory Department was dedicated at Kapālama Heights, its current location. We are now part of a larger system of schools with campuses located on Maui and Hawai‘i Islands. The school has served students of native Hawaiian ancestry for over 100 years.

Here at Ke Kula Ha‘aha‘a, we strive to educate the whole child by providing enriching experiences that develop their mind, body, spirit and social consciousness. Our students are immersed in a dynamic and nurturing learning community where “kids can be kids”, a place where play is valued, and needs are met through developmentally appropriate expectations, curricula, and modalities.

Building upon the foundation of Kamehameha’s Working Exit Outcomes Framework, or WEO, we commit to the development of K-12 haumāna as future servant leaders of the 21st century, grounded in Hawaiian and Christian values.We support our keiki in embracing their identity, reflecting on their growth, and developing the skills to adapt successfully to the various kūlana or roles they hold in life. They engage in learning that challenges them to be curious, to be critical thinkers, to apply traditional knowledge in their contemporary context and to do all of this in a highly ethical manner. The focus on our Founderʻs wishes for haumāna to develop as “good and industrious young men and women” is inherent to their development and success as effective members of a global community where their contributions will impact the greater good.

At KES, students are encouraged to use a diverse set of resources fostering an innate desire to seek knowledge, and othersʻ perspectives, that will enhance the development of their own personal world view integrating Hawaiian, Western and other cultural perspectives. Throughout our curriculum, students are asked to collaborate, think critically, create, and transform their knowledge through the blending of imagination, intuition and intellect.

In every child there lies a promise for students to reach beyond their potential. They are encouraged to discover their passion through the many interdisciplinary and extracurricular and co-curricular experiences that blend the core academics with ‘Ōlelo a Mo‘omeheu Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language and culture), Music, Art, PE, Christian Education, and Media and Technology. With our recent move to 1:1 mobile devices, our entire learning community is perched to transform the way in which we engage in learning to access, demonstrate understanding of, and create new knowledge. We acknowledge the changing paradigm of education and the importance of preparing our students to live in interdependence with all that surrounds them, physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually.

Me ka ‘oia ‘i‘o,
Ronnie Kopp
Po‘o Kumu
Kula Ha‘aha‘a ‘o Kamehameha ma Kapālama

 

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