Kauluhala Summer Academy

A Space for Discovery

Join us for a reimagined summer learning experience with Kauluhala. Read a welcome message from our Poʻo about Kauluhala Summer Academy and the exciting opportunities planned for summer 2024.  


To reclaim and collectively advance a narrative of native Hawaiians thriving, Kamehameha Hawai‘i haumāna will have an ‘Ōiwi Edge—a strong ancestral foundation that shapes their agency, adaptability, and well-being giving them a competitive advantage to fulfill their unique purpose and kuleana.

‘Ōiwi Edge is our campus identity unique to Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, which is inspired by Ke Ali‘i Pauahi’s lineage to Hawai‘i, our kūpuna, and generations of heroes and innovators who shaped our communities. ‘Ōiwi Edge empowers us with a worldview and mindsets to actively shape a rapidly changing world with vision, courage, and aloha

‘Ōiwi Edge is rooted in the belief that Native Hawaiian identity is a source of mana, inspiration, and cultural armor for our learners as they venture into a global economy where the most valuable job skills are no longer technical in nature—they are skills such as empathy, adaptability, creativity, innovation, critical reflection, and the ability to navigate complexity.

Our ‘Ōiwi Edge Learning and Teaching Expectations are guided by three main pillars:

KAUHALE | ‘Ōiwi Center

Our Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i kauhale is a nexus of pilina whose structures and values put the learner at the center.

MO‘OLELO | ‘Ōiwi Narrative

Learners are aware of their history, good and bad, and use it to inform their future by telling their own story, using multiple perspectives aimed at solutions that de-center destructive and toxic narratives.

NA‘AUAO | An ‘Ōiwi Edge

Learners identify as learned persons who understand that knowledge is crucial to countering generational socioeconomic and political inequity.

Our community is blessed to be a center of Hawaiian education, which means ‘ohana have many choices. We are humbled and grateful every time an ‘ohana chooses Kamehameha Hawai‘i for their keiki’s educational journey. Our students distinguish themselves through a very rigorous process and the collection of these many talents and mo‘okū‘auhau enriches our school significantly. At Kamehameha Hawai‘i, haumāna co-create a vision for their future. Our graduates go on to top tier universities both here locally in Hawai‘i and across the continent. We are here to support each student’s pathway in finding their unique purpose and kuleana in service to our lāhui. KSH prepares students through issues-based learning in today's global world, alongside the innovative thinking and design for tomorrow.

Our Kauhale Commitment is that we will nurture and invest in knowing the truth of who we are, instilling within us a strong sense of identity. Giving us the confidence to exert our agency towards empowering socioeconomic and political equity. Our students are held to the highest academic expectations.

Through a rigorous Hawaiian Culture-Based Education(HCBE) approach, we teach our haumāna to explore innovative solutions to real-world problems and to realize their academic potential through an ‘ōiwi lens.

As Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i continues to raise the bar of academic and cultural success for our haumāna, Kauluhala Summer Academy allows for a culturally rich and innovative space for all learners to thrive safely while learning their space and place in an ever-evolving world. 


See available High School courses for students entering grades 9-12 next school year.

See a mosaic of  Middle School course clusters for students entering grades 6-8 next school year.

See available Elementary  School courses for students entering grades K-5 next school year.

Program Schedule

Session Dates 2024

Elementary (Grades K-5)Four Week Session - Thurs., June 13 to Thurs., July 11

Middle School (Grades 6-8): One Week Sessions

High School (Grades 9-12)

Two Week Sessions: 

Four Week Session: Thurs., June 13 to Thurs., July 11

Seven Week Session (High School Digital Courses): Mon., June 17 to Fri., August 2

Daily Schedule

Grade Level Start Time End Time

Kula Haʻahaʻa (Gr. K-5) 8:00 a.m. 2:45 p.m.

Kula Waena (Gr. 6-8) 8:00 a.m. 2:50 p.m.

Kula Kiʻekiʻe (Gr. 9-12) 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

While KS has a number of wonderful opportunities over the summer, if you choose to participate in Kauluhala Summer Academy, we ask that you commit to attending session dates as designed for your keiki's division.  If you have other commitments this summer, including family trips, or athletic programs, we humbly ask you to consider other opportunities that best fit your summer schedule and time constraints. 

Kauluhala Summer Academy 2024

It is with much excitement and joy that we share our plans for our general summer courses available at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi June 13 - July 11, 2024.  

Registration for courses this summer is open to students entering grades K-12, including current Kamehameha Schools students, students attending the state of Hawai‘i DOE schools, public charter schools, and other private institutions. Courses will be held on campus with opportunities of online digital courses.  

Registration will open at 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 2 for all KS Hawai‘i Students entering grades 1-8 and non-KS students entering grades K-12. High School registration for all  current KS grades 8-11 students will be staggered by entering grade levels beginning  Monday, January 8, 2024. Early registration is recommended as course seats fill quickly.  

Enrollment is based on the date your child's application is received and upon grade level/course availability.

Program notification letters will be sent in early April. Waitlisted students are considered for enrollment up to the start of the program.

Kamehameha Schools reserves the right to cancel any course should enrollment fall below the minimum allowance or an instructor is unavailable.

Please note that kindergarten applicants must be 5 years of age by July 31, 2024.

How to Apply 


For Current Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Students 

Students should complete registration online via  Infinite Campus (IC). IC windows will open at 8am on the first day, January 2, 2024 for current grade K-7 students with staggered registration windows for current grade 8-11 students. Registration will officially close at 4 pm on the last day of the registration period, February 15. Enrollment will be based on the date and time your child’s registration form is completed in IC. 

A detailed tutorial has been put together to walk parents or students through the process of how to register for a summer course via Infinite campus. 

High School Registration Windows in Infinite Campus:

Current grade 11 students:      January 8 - February 15

Current grade 10 students:   January 15 - February 15

Current grade 9 students:   January 22 - February 15

Current grade 8 students:   January 29 - February 15

KSK, KSM and OTR students may apply and will be scheduled based on seat availability once the initial KSH seats have been scheduled, and by the date/time application is received complete.  Please apply as early as January 2, 2024 via the admissions portal at https://www.ksbe.edu/apply/summer_school/ and indicate you are currently attending KS Kapālama,  KS Maui, or OTHER and type in OTR, followed by current school name, respectively.

For Non-KS Hawai‘i Students 

The online 2024 Admissions & Financial Aid application will open at 8am on January 2 and is available from January 2, 2024 through February 15, 2024 at https://www.ksbe.edu/apply/summer_school/. You may apply for financial aid at the same time that you apply for Summer School.

Financial Aid 

For KS Students

Kamehameha students who are currently receiving financial aid for the 2023–2024 school year DO NOT need to complete a summer school financial aid application. Families will be  notified of their eligibility for summer financial aid in December.

Kamehameha students who would like to apply for summer financial aid, but did not apply for financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year, will need to contact the KS Oʻahu Resource Center at (808) 534-8080 or call toll free at 1 (800) 842-4682, then press 2 for financial aid application availability.


For Non-KS Students Who Are a Sibling of a Current KS Student

Kamehameha students who are currently receiving financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year can add siblings, who are non-Kamehameha students, to their school year 2023-2024 financial aid application. No SUMMER application is necessary after they've been added to their KS sibling's file. Notification of summer aid for the ‘ohana will be sent in December/January.


For Non-KS Students

The online 2024 Admissions & Financial Aid application will  open at 8am on January 2 and will be available from January 2, 2024 through February 15, 2024 at http://www.ksbe.edu/apply. You may apply for financial aid at the same time that you apply for Summer School.


Application Details

If you decide to apply for financial aid, you will be required to provide additional financial information when applying. All required financial documentation must be submitted no later than the application deadline, February 15, 2024

Students who are awarded financial aid, and later decide not to attend the summer program must notify the Kauluhala office immediately in writing by submitting a withdrawal form to allow waitlisted students the opportunity to enroll. Parents failing to provide timely notice to the Kauluhala office may be charged a withdrawal fee and may be given lower priority when registering for future summer programs.

If assistance is needed in completing your financial aid application, you can get help by contacting a Kamehameha Schools Resource Center (KSRC). KSRCs serve and support families applying to Kamehameha Schools' campuses, programs, and scholarships. The closest center is:

Kamehameha Schools East Hawaiʻi Resource Center

16-545 Old Volcano Road

Kea‘au, Hawai‘i 96749

PHONE: (808) 982-0851

Visit https://apps.ksbe.edu/resourcecenters for additional locations and hours of operation.

For more information on our Summer School Financial Aid visit http://www.ksbe.edu/apply/financial_aid/summer_school.

Medical Clearance 

Upon your child’s acceptance, you will have access to the Moʻomōʻali Olakino (EHR) Parent Portal to complete your child’s Health Summary and Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment. At that time, you will be asked to answer a set of health questions completely so that we can adequately care for your child. 

Once enrolled:

Students with Disabilities 

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with physical or psychological disabilities. It is the policy of KS to make its programs, services and activities accessible to a qualified person with a disability, unless there is a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program or service, undue hardship or the student poses a direct threat to him or herself or others. A “qualified person with a disability” refers to an individual with a disability who is otherwise qualified to participate in any given school, program, or activity.

Tuition & Payment

Tuition for the summer sessions includes breakfast, snack and lunch:

One-Week sessions: $100

Two-Week Sessions and all HS Online Courses: $200

Four-Week Sessions: $400

Additional tuition fees may apply for certain high school courses.

Please do not send payment with the application. Beginning in early April 2024, all students awarded a summer program seat will receive a confirmation letter and tuition bill with payment instructions. 

The following methods of payment for tuition will be accepted:

 Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
Kauluhala Summer Academy
16-714 Volcano Road
Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi  96749

Course Changes and Withdrawal

Course changes or withdrawals after completion of registration require submittal of a Course Change/Withdrawal form. Early notification is requested so waitlisted students can be offered the opportunity to attend the program. 

June 1, 2024 or later - Subject to no refund.

Summer Bus Information and Schedules                                                    


One-way or round trip bus transportation service is available to and from locations for a fee, in addition to tuition cost.

Requesting Bus Services

KS Students: Select an AM route and/or a PM course as part of your course registration.

Non-KS Students: Complete the Transportation section of the program application. 

Bus seat awards will accompany conditional enrollment letters mailed to applicants in early April. Bus transportation for waitlisted students who are later offered a program seat is not guaranteed and may not be available on desired routes. Bus route change requests are reviewed based on seat availability and are not guaranteed.

Bus seating capacity is limited, and route pick up and drop off times are approximate. No route changes, alterations, or courtesy stops are allowed. The transportation department reserves the right to cancel or change bus route times and locations  dependent upon rider enrollment.

Parents are responsible for dropping off students in time for class and picking up students in a timely manner after their last class of the day.

Meals/Special Diets

Nutritious meals(breakfast and lunch) prepared in the Hā‘aeamahi and Keawe Dining Hall along with daily snacks are included in the summer tuition cost. All students are required to eat school lunches. Outside food is not allowed. Students with special dietary needs must bring a physician’s note stating dietary restrictions prior to the start of the summer program. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Student Drivers

Students driving to and from campus must register prior to the start of the summer program to obtain a parking application and Student Driver’s Manual. All parking applications are kept on file with the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School office.  KS students with a valid 2023-2024 parking pass may use the same pass during the summer and do not need to reapply. Non-KS students will be required to use and display the Summer 2024 Parking Pass issued by Kauluhala office. Students who hold a space on a Kamehameha bus for summer programs will not be granted driving and parking privileges.  More information will be provided with your child's award letter in April.


Kauluhala Summer Academy has a strict attendance policy. Daily attendance is critical for students to truly benefit from a rigorous and  dynamic summer learning experience. Absences due to family trips and vacations, games and/or athletic tournaments are discouraged and students who are unable to commit to the program as registered should not apply.

Students who miss one (1) day for a 2-week session or two (2) days during the 4-week session may be released from the summer program.

Student Discipline

All students participating in Kauluhala Summer Academy must adhere to the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi grade level Student & Parent Handbook.  All students and parents must again review and sign-off on the Student-Parent Handbook during the enrollment process.


If you have any questions or manaʻo about our summer program, please contact us at:

Kauluhala Summer Academy
PHONE: (808) 982-0033

FAX: (808) 982-0105
EMAIL: kauwela@ksbe.edu

Additional resources:

Admissions & Program Enrollment         1(800) 842-4682, ext. 28800

Applicant Service Center 1(800) 842-4682, ext. 15300

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services 1(800) 842-4682, ext. 48080

Kamehameha Schools Resource Center
  East Hawaiʻi (808) 982-0851

  West Hawai‘i (808) 322-5400

Transportation (808) 982-0026


This 2024 handbook will provide you with basic information about the Kamehameha community, our values and goals, as well as the logistics of school life. We hope you will find it helpful and in conjunction with the school website and the various communication that we send to all ‘ohana, it will answer most of your questions. Please know that you can always call or email us for further assistance. 

All students participating in Kauluhala Summer Academy must adhere to the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi grade level Student & Parent Handbook.  All students and parents will review and acknowledge the Student-Parent Handbook during the enrollment process.