‘Ike Hawai‘i Standards:
Hawaiian Language Competencies:
Multi-Year Rollout Plan

Essential documents define what our kuleana in ‘ōlelo is as Kamehameha ‘ohana.


"The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces."  There are many traditional stories that illustrate this concept of kuleana, or responsibility: our responsibility to care for the land, to honor Ke Akua, and to care for each other. Within the story of Hāloa, the genealogy of the islands and that of the Hawaiian people are told. Hāloanakalaukapalili was the eldest child of Wākea and Ho‘ohōkūkalani. He becomes the kalo plant which has sustained the Hawaiians for thousands of years. His younger brother, Hāloa II, becomes the first chief, as well as an ancestor for the entire Hawaiian race. Our kūpuna used this story as a means to illustrate our kuleana to take care of the land, because it provides all the bare necessities of life.


We at Kamehameha also recognize that it is our additional kuleana to perpetuate the Hawaiian language. Our kūpuna took great strides to pass down valuable information from generation to generation through the use of mele, mo‘olelo and nūpepa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. They skillfully wove together information about themselves, their way of life, and things that they learned along the way. We at Kamehameha are entrusted with the responsibility to pass on the traditions and lessons that our ancestors have to offer.