What is Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i?

‘O ke kahua ma mua, ma hope ke kūkulu, “First the foundation, then the building”

Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i has a rich history, spanning 45 years and over 50,000 participants since its inception in 1968.  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 that include work in a lo‘i kalo, fishpond restoration, mele, hula, and more, keiki learn about interdependence in the ahupua‘a and how it sustains the Hawaiian people.  Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i continues its format as a one-week boarding program located at KS' Kapālama campus.  Students entering grade 6 are eligible to apply.


June 10– July 20, 2018 (six one-week sessions)

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

Who may apply?

Students entering the 6th grade in Fall 2018 and are not currently enrolled full-time at a Kamehameha campus.  Applicants must be able to fully participate in the program and be first-time participants in the program.

What does it cost?

The cost to the parent/legal guardian is $120.00.  Fee waiver available.

How does a learner apply?

Parents/legal guardians must complete and submit the application and medical form to the Admissions Office. Learners will not be registered in a session until all forms are completed and received.  The application form will be available beginning January 2, 2018.  Please apply via the Admissions On-line Application at www.ksbe.edu/admissions, or contact the Admissions Office at (808) 842-8800 to request an application.

Preference Policy


How can I get more information?

For more information about the Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i program call the Kealakūlia office at (808) 534-8272 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, then 48272. 

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