The Kamehameha Schools Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) department is committed to providing financial assistance to students. Financial support is awarded through various Kamehameha programs such as Pauahi Keiki Scholars, Summer School programs, Post-High Scholarships, Kamehameha Schools Preschools, as well as the Kindergarten through grade 12 programs at the Kapālama, Hawai'i, and Maui campuses. All awards are made on an annual basis and are determined through various methods such as need and merit.
Kamehameha Schools’ (KS) policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
If you are applying for a KS financial aid or scholarship award and would like to be considered under this preference policy, you must verify your Hawaiian ancestry through the KS Ho`oulu Hawaiian Data Center (Data Center) by the program deadline date.
KS established the Ho`oulu Hawaiian Data Center (Data Center) to build a comprehensive database of the Hawaiian population to support planning for lifelong learning in the Hawaiian community. One of the data center’s roles is to verify the Hawaiian ancestry of those who wish to be considered under KS’ preference policy.
As soon as you submit your application for any of the Kamehameha Schools’ financial aid or scholarship programs to KS Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, the data center will mail a separate Hawaiian Ancestry Registration (HAR) packet, if you have not already completed your registration process. All questions and documents regarding verification should be directed to the data center. Please do NOT submit your HAR form and documents with your KS financial aid and scholarship application.
Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was the great-granddaughter and last direct royal descendant of Kamehameha I. During her lifetime, she witnessed a rapid decline of the Hawaiian population. With that decline came a loss of Hawaiian language, religion, customs and most of all…spirit.