Kamehameha Schools


Fulfilling the Vision of a Princess

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust endowed by the will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter and last royal 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 the key to restoring her people, so in an enduring act of aloha, she left them a precious gift upon her passing in 1887—over 363,000 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 Native Hawaiian learners in Hawai‘i and across the nation.


Kamehameha Schools’ ancestral lands are primarily agricultural and conservation. About 1,500 acres are commercial property, including 29 acres in Our Kaka‘ako.

Kamehameha Schools is committed to the smart, progressive, and culturally appropriate stewardship of the land, and Our Kaka‘ako is a community that lives up to that commitment.

Kamehameha Schools’ 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 capability and well-being of Native Hawaiian people through education so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, and become ‘ōiwi leaders who inspire and contribute to their communities locally and globally.

For more information about Kamehameha Schools, visit ksbe.edu and connect via Facebook and Instagram (@kamehamehaschools) and Twitter (@ksnews).

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