Kauwela 2023

Kauwela Program Dates

General Program:
June 15 - July 13

All Grade 6 Students:
June 22 - July 13

All High School Digital Courses:
June 15 - Aug. 2

Our Mo‘olelo of Innovation

"As a kula it is our shared kuleana to advance learning for haumāna in an environment that is experiencing rapidly accelerating change from Hawai‘i Island communities to distant global nations. We are inspired by our kupuna and their tradition of innovation and are blessed today with hoa kumu and ‘ohana who are committed to innovation in learning that points to bright futures for our haumāna. Our greatest opportunity as a kula is to accelerate change from within to create new energy and capacity for sustained success."


While innovation is not new at Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, our challenge today is to prepare haumāna for success in the unknown world of tomorrow. How do we equip and empower our learners to actively shape what lies ahead? Our answer is ‘Ōiwi Edge.

‘Ōiwi Edge is a mindset that is imbued with a source of mana and inspiration for our haumāna, kumu, and ‘ohana, encouraging them to be trailblazers, fueled by vision and courage. ‘Ōiwi Edge is a perspective for dealing with challenges in a culturally -grounded, resilient, adaptive way, bridging modern and traditional viewpoints. ‘Ōiwi Edge learners and leaders gain great strength from their identity as ‘ōiwi Hawai‘i and discover and ignite their unique passions as a means to fully engage their kuleana in ways that serve and uplift their ‘ohana, lāhui and world. Inspired by Hawai‘i Island's unique landscape, it's people, and Ke Ali‘i Pauahi's heritage here on this mokupuni, ‘Ōiwi Edge is a defining element of our campus identity. It serves as a foundation for growth, perseverance, and innovation as our kula moves towards new frameworks and pathways for learning.

As Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i continues to raise the bar of academic and cultural success for our haumāna, Kula Kauwela 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 available Middle School courses 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

Four Week Session - Thurs., June 15 to Thurs., July 13

Three Week Session (Grade 6) - Thurs., June 22 to Thurs., July 13

Two Week Sessions:

  • Session 1 - Thurs., June 15 to Wed., June 28

  • Session 2 - Thurs., June 29 to Thurs., July 13

Seven Week Session (High School Digital Courses) - Thurs., June 15 - Wed., 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 Kauwela 2023, we ask that you commit to attending all session dates. 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.


It is with much excitement and joy that we share our plans for our general summer courses available through Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi - June 15 - July 13, 2023.

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 delivered via in-person with opportunities of online digital courses for KS students.

Registration will open at 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 3 for all non-KS Hawai‘i students. Registration for all Elementary and Middle School KS Hawai‘i students will open on Tuesday, January 17. High School students will be staggered by grade level beginning January 17, 2023. Early registration is recommended as course seats fill quickly.

Enrollment is based on 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 through the end of May.

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, 2023.

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 17, 2023 for current grade K-7 and 11 students with staggered registration windows for current grade 8-10 students. Registration will officially close at 4 pm on the last day of the registration period, February 15, 2023. Applicants who complete the online registration will be notified automatically of conditional enrollment or wait list status. Enrollment is based on the date and time your child’s application is completed in IC. The IC registration system will inform you if you have a confirmed seat in a course or waitlisted. Students who have a confirmed seat in their desired course need not waitlist for alternate courses.

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. See additional information on what to do below.

Registration Windows for Infinite Campus:

Current grades K-7 and grade 11 students: January 17 - February 15

Current grade 10 students: January 23 - February 15

Current grade 9 students: January 30 - February 15

Current grade 8 students: February 6 - 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 3, 2023 via the admissions portal at http://www.ksbe.edu/apply 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 2023 Admissions & Financial Aid application will open at 8am on January 3 and available from January 3, 2023 through February 15, 2023 at http://www.ksbe.edu/apply . 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 2022–2023 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 January/February.

Kamehameha students who would like to apply for summer financial aid, but did not apply for financial aid for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year can add siblings, who are non-Kamehameha students, to their 2022-2023 financial aid application

For Non-KS Students

The online 2023 Admissions & Financial Aid application will open at 8am on January 3 and available from January 3, 2023 through February 15, 2023 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, 2023.

Students who are awarded financial aid, and later decide not to attend the summer program must notify the Kula Kauwela 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 Kula Kauwela 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

Non-KS Applicants will be asked to complete a Health Summary and Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment within the online application. Please answer this section completely so that we can adequately care for your keiki. If you have additional health information about your child's medical condition, please forward that documentation to: Kamehameha Schools, Hale Ola Health Services, 1887 Makuakāne Street, Honolulu, HI 96817.

Please mail the completed forms together to Kamehameha Schools, Hale Ola Health Services, 1887 Makuakāne Street, Honolulu, HI 96817 by February 15, 2023

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:

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

Three & Four-Week Session: $400

Additional tuition fees may apply for certain high school courses.

Please do not send payment with the application. Beginning in early April 2023, 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:

  • Financial Aid

  • FACTS online payment
    - Due Friday, April 28, 2023 unless otherwise noted
    - Online payment may be made from a savings or checking account (no service fee) or via credit card. Online credit card payments will be charged a 2.85%service fee.
    - A $30 processing fee may be charged for any payment returned by the bank or financial Institution.

  • Cashier’s Check - (After receiving a program seat in April) Please mail payment for tuition (if paying by check) to:

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
Kula Kauwela
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 Request form. Early notification is requested so waitlisted students can be offered the opportunity to attend the program.

June 1, 2023 or later - No refund


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

  • Morning Bus Service (one-way) $50

  • Afternoon Bus Service (one-way) $50

Requesting Bus Services

KS Students: Bus routes will appear in Infinite Campus as a course. Select an AM course 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 2022-2023 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 2023 Parking Pass issued by Kula Kauwela 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 keiki's award letter in April.


Kula Kauwela 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 should not apply.

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

Student Discipline

All students participating in Kauwela 2023 courses 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:

Kauwela 2023
PHONE: 808-982-0033
FAX: (808) 982- 0010 (September-March) ; (808) 982-0105 (April-August)
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 2022 Student & Parent Handbook is provided for you as a resource from last year until the current handbook is completed and posted in Spring 2023. This 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 that, 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 Kauwela 2023 courses must adhere to the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi grade level Student & Parent Handbook. All students and parents will review and acknowledge following the Student-Parent Handbook during the enrollment process.