Explorations Series - Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Space Availability

Session Date Selection 
     -2016 Session Dates
     -Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i session dates
     -Kulia I Ka Pono East Hawai‘i 

Program Selection

Location Selection

Confirmation & Notification Letters

Session Change Requests


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 2015 summer Explorations Series 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. Please check your email periodically as you will receive email notices from our office regarding missing items needed to complete your child's application.


Session Date Selection

On the Explorations Series Program Selction Form, you can select up to four session dates.  You may prioritize your selections by numbering them.  We will do our best to meet your first choice.  If, for whatever reason, we cannot accommodate your first choice, we will move on to your second choice, and so forth.   

Please note that students are assigned to their respective sessions on a first come, first serve basis.  The earlier we receive your application, the better your chances are of getting your preferred dates and programs. 

The 2016 Summer Explorations Series Session Dates* are

Week 1:  June 12 - June 17 (All programs start except Ho`olauna Moloka`i)

Week 2:  June 19 - June 24 (Ho`olauna Moloka`i Start)

Week 3:  June 26 - July 1 (Ho`olauna Kona last week)

Week 4:  July 3 - July 8  

Week 5:  July 10 - July 15 (Ho`olauna Moloka`i, Ho`olauna Wai`anae, Kūlia E. Hawaii, W. Hawaii, & Maui programs last week)

Week 6:  July 17 - July 22 (Ho`omāka`ika`i, Ho‘olauna & Kūlia I Ka Pono O'ahu programs end)

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

Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i Session Dates:  Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i will only run for 4 weeks during the summer.  They are Weeks 2 - 5, as listed above.  

Program Selection

Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i is for students entering the 6th grade in Fall 2016. 

Ho‘olauna is for students entering the 7th and 8th grades in Fall 2016.  Students can attend this program for two consecutive summers. 

Kūlia I Ka Pono is for students entering the 9th grade in Fall 2016. 


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.  


Confirmation & Notification 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 22, 2016.  You will be advised of the total amount due in your program notification letter.  No refund requests will be accepted after May 13, 2016.  Refunds will be mailed out August 31st.


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, 2015

We must receive all required documents with the fee wavier 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 16, 2016

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 June 1, 2014. 


This means that if your child has had a physical AFTER JUNE 1, 2014 that physical is still valid but their physician MUST still COMPLETE THE 2016 Explorations Series MEDICAL FORM- NO EXCEPTIONS.  

All out of state applicants must have a TB screening performed after June 1, 2015. 


Session Change Requests

We strongly encourage families to be selective in choosing their child's session.  Should a session change become necessary, it must be made by completing a Session Change Request Form and submitting to our office.  Session Changes must be submitted prior to May 6, 2016.  Session changes will not be accomodated if forms are received after the May 8th deadline. Only complete applications will be considered for a session change.

Changing sessions requires us to completely withdraw a student from their scheduled session(s) and be placed on a waiting list for their desired session.  There is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate the session change request.   

Send all Session Change and Withdrawal forms to:

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Culture Based Education Department
567 South King Street, Suite 320
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: (808)-534-8276
Email: hcbe@ksbe.edu

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