Shaydee grows food crops from Akahi cafeteria food scrapsMakana & Keoni help design exhibit cases for kāhili with Bishop Museumʻs curatorsHaumāna Practice Identifying and Gathering Limu in Pono WaysHuki and Nohi Produce Videos to Educate the Community on Hawaiian Monk SealsMakayla and Carly Learn about Limu from KūpunaHaumāna visit the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to learn about apprenticeships

Ma ka hana ka ʻike.

Through doing, learn. 1

‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okāhi.

All wisdom is not taught in one school. 2

The high school internship program at Kamehameha Schools supports year-round opportunities for students to learn through doing and with the kōkua of mentors from the wider community.

Students are assisted to search out and pursue a range of non-credit external (not affiliated with KS) internships; students who have completed grade 10 or older may also apply for internships to earn KS elective credits.

All aspiring interns are encouraged to first find in themselves, their individual gifts and specific actions they are ready to take in order to contribute and learn.  Then, program staff, working together with teachers, counselors and family members, identify appropriate mentors and experiential learning opportunities according to the strengths, interests, and readiness levels of each student.  Individualized work and learning plans establish at the start of each internship, clear deliverables (service hours and/or original products) that each intern will contribute, along with a limited scope of manageable supports for each volunteer mentor to provide.

We hope this website provides a glimpse into the amazing contributions and learning KS high school interns have achieved in recent years, made possible with the kōkua of an incredible array of inspiring community mentors and KS kumu!

  1. Proverb 2088 in Pukui, M. K. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, Bishop Museum Press, 1983, p. 227.
  2. Ibid, Proverb 203, p. 24.