Kamehameha Schools (KS) is a private, charitable educational trust endowed by the will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter and last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I.
During her lifetime, Princess Pauahi witnessed the rapid decline of the Hawaiian population. With that decline came a challenge to preserve the Hawaiian language and culture she held dear.
The princess knew that education would be key to the survival of her people, so in an enduring act of aloha, she left them a precious gift upon her passing – 375,000 acres of ancestral land. She instructed the trustees of her estate to use the land to educate her people. Today, her endowment supports an educational system that serves thousands of Hawaiian learners in Hawai‘i and across the nation.
Kamehameha Schools is committed to the smart, progressive, and culturally appropriate stewardship of the land, and Our Kaka‘ako lives up to that commitment.
Kamehameha’s goal is to build a thriving, urban neighborhood that is rooted in authenticity, creativity, and cultural responsibility. As with all of our commercial projects, it must also effectively support the Kamehameha Schools mission of furthering the education of Hawaiian children.
Kamehameha Schools owns approximately 363,000 acres statewide – primary agricultural and conservation lands. Of that, 1,500 acres are commercial property, including 29 acres in Our Kaka‘ako.
For more information on Kamehameha Schools, go to: http://www.ksbe.edu.