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KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS: Promoting and maintaining Hawaiian culture

Kamehameha Schools is a group of 31 private schools with three main campuses located on the islands of O’ahu, Hawaii and Maui. Educating students from preschool through twelfth grade, Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy favours applicants with Native Hawaiian ancestry. It was founded in 1887 by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the Kamehameha line, who left her estate - about 9% of the total acreage of Hawaii – for this purpose. Having witnessed the decline in the Native Hawaiian population and loss of Hawaiian language and culture, she believed education would help provide a better future for her people. The original 600-acre hillside campus boasts over 70 buildings, an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and a new athletics complex. Its programs promote Hawaiian customs, language and history. Courses include Hawaiian language and literature, song composition and performance, chant, dance and, of course, poi pounding with kalo activist Daniel Anthony. With over 6,700 students under its supervision, Kamehameha Schools is the largest independent system in the United States.
Apr 2, 2015
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