Explorations Series - Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Space Availability

Duplicate Re-enrollment Packets

Program Selection

Location Selection

Confirmation & Notification Letters


Program Fee Payment

Program Fee Waiver

     -Hawaii-based Applicants

Policy To Give Preference To Hawaiian Applicants

Legal Guardianship Verification

Medical Forms



Space Availability - SPACES ARE LIMITED

Ho`omaka`ika`i -  The earlier we receive your application, the better your chances are of getting your preferred dates and programs. Apply early. Only COMPLETE applications will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.   

Ho`olauna & Kūlia I Ka Pono - A majority of the spaces for Ho‘olauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs are filled by students who have previously attended a 2017 summer Kealakūlia program (Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i, Ho‘olauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono).  Apply early.

Only COMPLETE applications will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces are limited and NOT all on-time applications are guaranteed a space. 


NEW - AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION: Once we have receieved your application, you can check the status of your application on your Explorations Sereies Application Status Page (Forms Dashboard) of KS Connect - an online resource for parents of Kamehameha Schools. Families who have used KS Connect for campus students or summer school will use their existing account to access their student's record. If you do not have an existing account to KS connect, you willl receive an email with your account login. For this reason, please be sure to indicate two separate emails - one email for each legal guardian. We will no longer be sending out notifications letters regarding any pending documents. You will be responsible for monitoring the KS Connect Forms Dashboard to ensure completion of your re-enrolment application by the deadline. 

Duplicate Re-enrollment Packets

Duplicate re-enrollment packets will not be mailed out.  A request for a duplicate re-enrollment packet may take up to 7 working days to process, therefore delaying the application process for your child.  If you are absolutely sure that you have not received it and still need to request a duplicate re-enrollment form please email us a request with your child's name & grade to hcbe@ksbe.edu. Please be advised that it may take up to 7 working days for our office to email you a set of duplicate re-enrollment forms.


The 2018 Summer Explorations Series Session Dates* are

Week 1:  June 10 - June 15

Week 2:  June 17 - June 22

Week 3:  June 24 - June 29

Week 4:  July 1 - July 6 

Week 5:  July 8 - July 13

Week 6:  July 15 - July 20

*KS reserves the right to cancel sessions. Should this occur, families will be notified and accommodated if possible

Program Selection

Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i is for students entering the 6th grade in Fall 2018. 

Ho‘olauna is for students entering the 7th and 8th grades in Fall 2018.  Students can attend this program for two consecutive summers. 

Kūlia I Ka Pono is for students entering the 9th grade in Fall 2018. 


Location Selection

For the Ho‘olauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs, students will be assigned to the program closest to their home first.  If your child attended a program last summer, we do recommend selecting different locations for this summer.  


Notification & Confirmation Letters

All accepted applicants will be mailed their notification letters in mid-April.  These letters will contain all details related to their scheduled programs.  Please note the notification letter is different from the confirmation letter.  Please also note that there will be no early notification for out-of-state applicants.  



KS reserves the right to cancel sessions.  Should this occur, families will be notified and accommodated if possible. 

If you need to cancel your child's program for any reason, please call us immediately at (808) 534-8272 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, then extension 48272.


Program Fee Payment

Full payment for all programs must be received no later than Friday, April 21, 2017.  You will be advised of the total amount due in your program notification letter. 


Program Fee Waiver- New Students ONLY

If you would like to apply for a program fee waiver, please see the Request for Program Fee Waiver form included in the Application packet.  The fee waiver form deadline is February 14, 2018

We must receive all required documents with the fee waiver form in order for it to be processed.  Please note that we must receive any required financial documents directly from you.  In order to protect your privacy, other KS departments such as Financial Aid cannot release information of that nature to anyone other than the individual it belongs to.  Fee Waivers for Explorations Series programs are processed through the Applicant Services Center and the Hawaiian Culture-Based Education Departments.     


Hawaii-based Applicants:
Kamehameha Schools provides roundtrip air transportation for State of Hawai‘i applicants to all Explorations Series programs from their home island so long as the student travels with the group during the assigned times.  Individualized travel arrangements will not be accommodated due to the large number of students traveling.


Policy To Give Preference To Hawaiian Applicants

Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy 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 Kamehameha's Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center (HHDC).  Please work directly with the HHDC staff to complete your ancestry determination as soon as you can and preferably no later than the program's application deadline of February 14, 2018

For more information, please call the Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center (HHDC) at (808) 523-6228 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, then extension 36228.  You may also check www.ksbe.edu/datacenter for answers to frequently asked questions. 


Legal Guardianship Verification

If there have been changes affecting your child's legal name, any custody agreements or legal guardianship of your child, you will be asked to submit all necessary court documents prior to your child's enrollment in the Kamehameha Schools Explorations Series program. 


Medical Forms

Students applying to the Explorations Series program are required to submit a new Medical Form (included in the Application packet).  The Medical Form requires a doctor's signature. 

Please be advised that your child is required to have a physical examination dated after January 1, 2017. 


This means that if your child has had a physical AFTER JANUARY 1, 2016 that physical is still valid but their physician MUST still COMPLETE THE 2017 Explorations Series MEDICAL FORM- NO EXCEPTIONS.  

All out of state applicants must have a TB screening performed after January 1, 2017. 


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