The Explorations Series is comprised of three summer boarding programs, each designed for students of specific grade levels. Through learning experiences provided in each program, students develop an understanding and appreciation of how the perpetuation of traditions, customs, and relationships with the `āina sustain Hawaiian life. Students are encouraged to participate in the Explorations Series beginning with Ho`omāka`ika`i, but may enter at any level. All programs are open to non-Kamehameha Schools students entering each specified grade in Fall 2017.
Application DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2017
For More Information, call 808.541.5300
Medical Forms Packet
You must complete the medical forms packet and submit no later than February 15, 2017. Be sure to have your child’s doctor complete and sign the Physical Examination form. Tell your child’s doctor that the date of the physical examination must be on or after JANUARY 1, 2016.
Download: Medical Forms Packet
HO‘OMĀKA‘IKA‘I (Entering Grade 6)
Ho`omāka`ika`i is the first program in the “Explorations Series”. With a rich history spanning 45 years and over 50,000 participants since its inception, Ho`omāka`ika`i sets the course in embracing Hawaiian culture and identity by introducing keiki to foundational values and practices through a study of ahupua`a. Through learning experiences and activities that include work in a lo`i, fishpond restoration, mele, hula, and more, keiki learn about interdependence in the ahupua`a and how it sustains the Hawaiian people.
Ho‘olauna (Entering Grade 7 or 8)
Ho`olauna, the second tier program, builds upon Ho`omāka`ika`i by immersing students in learning experiences designed to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between honua (environment) and kanaka (people). Ho‘olauna students engage in hands-on cultural practices, visit wahi pana (significant places), and work with various community members and kūpuna within specific moku (districts). Ho`olauna are held in: East Hawai`i, Maui, Moloka`i, Ko`olauloa, Ko`olaupoko, Kona-O`ahu (Honolulu), and Kaua`i.
KŪLIA I KA PONO (Entering Grade 9)
Bringing the “Explorations Series” to a close is Kūlia i ka Pono. Kūlia reinforces the importance of one’s cultural identity and sense of belonging to the Hawaiian community. As emerging leaders, Kūlia students are challenged to recognize and build upon their personal strengths as they examine traditional and modern leadership qualities and hone their skills in kalo farming or sailing and navigation. Kūlia i ka Pono is held in East Hawai`i, Maui, and O`ahu.
Program Fee: $120.00 – All Enrichment Series Programs (One-week Boarding)
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Kamehameha is a Christian, non-denominational Protestant school.
SPACE AVAILABILITY: Majority of the spaces for Ho`olauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono programs are filled by currently enrolled students who completed the Ho`omāka`ika`i, or a Ho`olauna program last summer. Ho`omāka`ika`i, Ho`olauna and Kūlia I Ka Pono will be filled based on the date your application forms and requirements are completed. Only complete applications and medical forms will be considered for program enrollment.
NOTIFICATION LETTERS: All applicants will be mailed their notification letters in April 2017. There will be no early notification for out-of-state applicants.
RETURNING EXPLORATIONS SERIES STUDENTS: Students who have completed a Ho`omāka`ika`ior Ho`olauna program last summer DO NOT need to submit another application form. Returning students will receive a re-enrollment packet by mail that must be completed by January 31, 2017.
APPLICANTS APPLYING TO ANOTHER KS SUMMER PROGRAM: If you plan to apply your child to another KS summer program, please review the respective program’s attendance policy and program dates.
CANCELLATION: KS reserves the right to cancel sessions. Should this occur, families will be notified and accommodated if possible.
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.Please do not send payment with this application.
PROGRAM FEE WAIVER: If you would like to apply for a program fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver section of the online application. The fee waiver form and all supporting documents must be received by February 15, 2017.
AIRFARE: Kamehameha provides roundtrip air transportation to all Explorations Series programs for students who are residents of the State of Hawai`i traveling from their home island. Since students travel in groups at assigned dates and times, individualized travel arrangements are not allowed.
POLICY TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO HAWAIIAN APPLICANTS:
Kamehameha Schools’ policy on admissions 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 (Data Center). Please work directly with the Data Center staff to complete your ancestry determination as soon as you can and preferably no later than the program’s application deadline of February 15, 2017.
For more information, please call the Data Center at (808) 523-6228 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, then press 9, then extension 36228. You may also go to: www.ksbe.edu/datacenter for answers to frequently asked questions or to request an Ancestry Registry form.
LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP VERIFICATION:
If there have been changes affecting your child’s legal name, custody or legal guardianship, you will be asked to submit all necessary legal documents prior to your child’s enrollment in the Kamehameha Schools program.
NOTE: Once Admissions receives your child’s application, we will mail you an acknowledgement letter so you know that it was received. If you do not receive an acknowledgement letter within three weeks after submitting your child’s application, please call our office immediately at (808) 842-8800 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, extension 28800.