KS Community Education Summer Programs

What is the difference between a new and re-enrolling student?

Re-enrolling Applicants

Priority is given to re-enrolling applicants. A re-enrolling applicant is an applicant that has attended a Kamehameha Schools Community Education Program in summer 2019 (e.g. Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi, Kilohana, or Kamehameha Scholars).

New Applicant

A new applicant is someone who has NOT attended Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi, Kilohana, or Kamehameha Scholars during summer 2019. The programs listed below are the current program offerings for new students applying for summer 2020.

How do I apply?

Applications for Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi, Kilohana, and K-Scholars will be available on the Admissions Website or click here for the Admissions Online Application

Deadline to submit a new HO’OMĀKA’IKA’I application is FEBRUARY 15, 2020.

Deadline to submit a new KILOHANA application is MARCH 15, 2020.

The application window to apply for K-SCHOLARS is MARCH 15, 2019 – APRIL 30, 2020.

Space Availability – SPACES ARE LIMITED

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-served basis. Spaces are limited and NOT all on-time applications are guaranteed a space. 


AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION: Once we have received your application, you can check the status of your application on your Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi, Kilohana and K-Scholars 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 will 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 notification letters regarding any pending documents. You will be responsible for monitoring the KS Connect Forms Dashboard to ensure completion of your re-enrollment application by the deadline. Access will be granted in March for the Ho’omāka’ika’i and Kilohana programs during the Conditional Acceptance period and June for the K-Scholars program. 

Conditional Acceptance Letters

Students invited to the Ho’omāka’ika’i and Kilohana programs will be emailed their conditional acceptance letters in March/ April and in June for the K-Scholars program. Conditional acceptance letters will include required payment information (if applicable) and handbook documents. Deadline to submit all required documents will be noted in the letter.

Confirmation Packet

All accepted applicants to the Ho’omāka’ika’i and Kilohana Programs will be emailed their confirmation packets in mid-May. Confirmation Packets for the K-Scholars Program will be emailed out in July. These packets will contain all details related to their scheduled programs (packing list, flight information – if applicable, and general program information). 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 enrollment 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 as follows:

HO’OMĀKA’IKA’Ideadline APRIL 2020

KILOHANAdeadline APRIL 2020

K-SCHOLARSdeadline JULY 2020

You will be advised of the total amount due in your program notification letter.

Program Fee Waiver

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 as follows for each program.

HO’OMĀKA’IKA’Ideadline FEBRUARY 15, 2020

KILOHANAdeadline MARCH 15, 2020

K-SCHOLARSdeadline APRIL 30, 2020

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 KS Community Education Programs are processed through the Applicant Services Center and the KS Community Education Program Operations Department.

Attendance Policy

Daily attendance is critical if students are to master course materials. Absences due to family trips and vacations, games and/or athletic tournaments are discouraged and students who are unable to commit to the full summer program should not apply.


Hawaii-based Applicants:

Kamehameha Schools provides round-trip air transportation for State of Hawai‘i applicants to all Ho’omāka’ika’i 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 a large number of students traveling.

Mainland-based Applicants:

Kamehameha Schools does not provide interstate or international air transportation for out-of-state applicants. Since students travel in groups at assigned dates and times, individualized travel arrangements are not allowed. Mainland and international traveling participants must check-in at the program check-in site. The program is not responsible for airport arrival and departure arrangements.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to enroll your child in another KS summer program, please review the respective program’s attendance policy and program dates. It is strongly recommended that a student does NOT miss the first and last week of the Kilohana program.

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.

HO’OMĀKA’IKA’I – deadline FEBRUARY 15, 2020

KILOHANA – deadline MARCH 15, 2020

K-SCHOLARS – deadline APRIL 30, 2020

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 Community Education program.

Medical Forms

New applicants applying to the KS Community Education Summer Programs 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, 2019.

This means that if your child has had a physical AFTER JANUARY 1, 2019 that physical is still valid but their physician MUST still COMPLETE THE 2020 KŪAMAHI PROGRAMS MEDICAL FORM- NO EXCEPTIONS.

Admissions Online Application

The Admissions Online Applications can be accessed through the Admissions Website.

Can I apply for multiple programs with one application?

Aʻole. One application per program.

Do I need to create a different account for each keiki?

Aʻole. Under one household you can have multiple students.

How many parents/legal guardians need to sign the application?

Only one parent needs to sign the application. However, if your keiki is selected to participate, then all legal guardians need to sign the Enrollment Agreement Form by the designated deadline.

What are the preferred internet browsers to complete this application?

Chrome and Firefox are the preferred browsers.

How can I make changes to my household information?

Household information is locked once you have submitted it. Please call KS Community Education Program Operations at 808-534-8272 to make amendments to your household information.

Can I use my mobile device to complete the online application?

ʻAe. AOA can be completed on a mobile device but is not recommended.

What if I don't have a computer?

Kamehameha Resource Centers have computers available for usage.

For locations: https://apps.ksbe.edu/resourcecenters/locations/.

Can I use my old portal login?

Aʻole. All applicants must create a new online application user portal account.

I didn't get an invite email.

Reasons you may have not received an invite email: Aged out of programming entering 8th or 9th grade – No Ho’olauna or Kūlia I Ka Pono offerings for Summer 2020, or we do not offer a program in your region. Please call us or visit the Kamehameha Admissions website for programs your keiki may be eligible for: https://apps.ksbe.edu/admissions/.

Will bus transportation be provided for those living outside the Kilohana regional boundaries? (For example: Residing in Koʻolau, applying for Kilohana ʻEwa.)

Specific bus stop information will be provided in the conditional acceptance letter in March

Are new or re-enrolled paper applications available?

Aʻole. Applications are only available online. Kamehameha Resource Centers have computers available for usage.

For locations: https://apps.ksbe.edu/resourcecenters/locations/.

Now that my application has been submitted, what's the next step?

Go to your parent portal and click on the “Post-Submit Actions”, then click on “View Confirmation” to view “Additional Required Documents” and medical form.

How do I know I have completed my application?

On the home screen of your parent portal, the application is green to indicate that it’s complete. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Re-enrolled Students

I can't find my student ID number?

Please refer to your KS Community Education Summer Programs re-enrollment email or you may email or call KS Community Education Program Operations at 808-534-8272.

I don't see a re-enrolled application option.

You must select a new application and an option will appear to indicate your child has attended last summer 2019.

Do I need to submit a medical form?

Students who are re-enrolling do not need to submit a medical form. All new students need to submit a completed medical form.

Program Changes

Why are changes happening in KS’ community education programs?

Kamehameha Schools worked for over a year developing a new strategic plan and vision through a process that engaged community, educational partners, and KS staff throughout Hawaiʻi.

The resulting Strategic Vision 2040 (SV2040) envisions a thriving lāhui where our learners achieve post-secondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices. SV2040 will be achieved in phases, the first of which is the Strategic Plan 2020 (SP2020) which guides decisions regarding program and service improvements to deepen our impact on education. As a result, we are redesigning and phasing out some of our current programs, as well as developing new ones to best serve our learners and continue to evaluate other community providers’ services to avoid duplication of efforts. To that end, the Kilohana programs are designed to impact 3rd-grade literacy and 8th-grade math achievement which have been identified as some of the key milestones along a student’s educational pathway as catalysts for their future success.

Who can apply to these programs?

These programs are for haumāna (students) in the DOE, charter schools, Nā Kula Kaiapuni, home-schoolers, and other private school students.

Can my child still attend a KS community education program even if he/she is accepted into Kamehameha?

To best serve Pauahi’s children beyond our campuses, Kamehameha Scholars program is accessible to Native Hawaiian Students in the DOE, charter schools, Nā Kula Kaiapuni, home-schoolers, and other private school students. Kamehameha Scholars is a nationally acclaimed college and career counseling program that provides students in grades 9 through 12 with post-secondary planning, year-round workshops, and interactive lessons grounded in the Hawaiian culture.

In addition, KS offers summer courses at each of our 3 campuses on Maui, Hawai‘i Island, and Kapālama.

For more information on Kamehameha Scholars, and to learn more about the many other opportunities provided by Kamehameha Schools, we encourage families to visit www.ksbe.edu/programs.

Why are some programs offered in some regions, but not in others?

KS’ utilizes a regional strategy to review the needs of each community and determine the best way to deploy direct services or programs so as to be effective, efficient, and impactful in meeting our targeted educational pathway milestones.

Are there any other community programs that are available for my child?

Yes, there are numerous community program offerings that vary between regions. While these are not KS-run programs, they offer options for your child and family. We are working to provide information about some of the alternative programs being offered within the community, which will be available soon.