Applications available for Kamehameha Schools’ Explorations Series


Current fifth- through eighth-graders may apply for Kamehameha Schools’ 2013 Explorations Series. The weeklong summer boarding programs build foundations of Hawaiian cultural knowledge, connectedness and responsibility through place-based education.

c Hoomakaikai introduces rising sixth-graders to foundational values and practices through a study of ahupuaa. Through learning experiences that include work in a loi, fishpond restoration, canoe paddling and hula, children learn about interdependence. Six sessions are offered between June 9 and July 19.

c Hoolauna encourages students to develop their understanding of the relationship between honua, or Earth, and kanaka, or people. Rising seventh- and eighth-graders engage in cultural practices, visit significant places and work with various community members and kupuna. Hoolauna is held at nine sites: Puna and Kona, Hawaii; Maui; Molokai; Koolaupoko, Koolauloa, Kona (Honolulu) and Waianae, Oahu; and Kauai.

Hoolauna is offered in six sessions between June 2 and July 12. Students are encouraged to first attend a session in their community, then up to two additional sessions per summer, space permitting.

c Kulia I Ka Pono reinforces the importance of cultural identity and sense of belonging to the Hawaiian community. Rising ninth-graders are challenged to recognize and build upon their strengths as they examine traditional and modern leadership qualities and hone their skills in kalo farming or sailing and navigation.

Six sessions are planned between June 2 and July 12 in Puna (week two is conducted in olelo Hawaii) and Kona, Hawaii; Hana, Maui; and Koolauloa, Oahu.

For complete descriptions and details, visit apps.ksbe.edu/enrichment or call 534-8272 or (800) 842-4682.

Applications, due Feb. 28, are available at any Kamehameha Schools’ admissions office, online at ksbe.edu/admissions or by calling 842-8800.

Kamehameha Schools gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.