Kamehameha Schools 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. The Princess knew that education would be key to the preservation of the Hawaiian language and the survival of her culture, so in an enduring act of aloha, she left a 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 Kamehameha Schools, an educational system that serves thousands of Hawaiian learners in Hawai‘i and across the nation.
Kamehameha Schools served 14,194 keiki ages 0-8 and their parents and caregivers through 30, KS-center-based preschools, preschool scholarships, literacy instruction and various educational collaborations. Kamehameha Schools also educated 5,409 learners, including graduating 693 seniors at campus programs on Hawai‘i, on Maui and at Kapālama. Finally, Kamehameha Schools served 19,773 learners through its enrichment, campus outreach, collaborations, distance learning and summer school programs. Orphan and indigent children comprised approximately 27 percent of the 2015-2016 invited students.
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 Schools also owns approximately 363,000 acres statewide – primarily agricultural and conservation lands. Of that, 1500 acres are commercial properties, including 29 acres in Our Kaka‘ako, the site of SALT.
Kamehameha’s goal is to shape a thriving, urban community that is rooted in authenticity, creativity, and cultural responsibility. As with all its commercial projects, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako effectively supports the Kamehameha Schools mission by furthering the education of Hawaiian children.
For more information on Kamehameha Schools, visit ksbe.edu.