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Kamehameha Schools planners to share strategic update with Maui community

By Staff | Apr 3, 2014


WAIKAPU – On Tuesday, April 8, Po’o Kula (Head of School) Lee Ann DeLima of Kamehameha Schools Maui and Dr. Shawn Kani’aupuni, the lead for Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Plan Initiative, will present an update and seek community partners to meet the schools’ long-range plan.

Entitled “Promises and Programs,” the plan benefits Hawaiian students of all ages throughout Hawaii.

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend the meeting on Tuesday, April 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation.

Dinner is $20 ($25 for nonmembers). Reservations are required by Friday, April 4; contact Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 or Kai.Pelayo@grandwailea.com.

DeLima is a career educator whose classroom work and extensive administrative service at Baldwin High School and Kamehameha Schools Maui prepared a generation of Maui students for careers and responsible citizenship.


As part of the team implementing Kamehameha Schools’ strategic plan, DeLima said she is working hard to communicate the goals to all Native Hawaiians, so they understand the exciting future that awaits their children and grandchildren.

Kani’aupuni, a key player in the strategic planning process and division director of public education support for all three campuses, will detail strategies for bringing ancestral knowledge, Hawaiian life skills and cultural identity to a broader section of Hawaiian learners of all ages.

Since graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Dr. Kani’aupuni has engaged in educational research and taught at the University of Wisconsin, The University of Chicago and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Her research has centered on identifying and quantifying ethnic and gender issues that create barriers to learning.

Now, she directs policy analysis and system evaluation for Kamehameha Schools.

In 1996, governance of Kamehameha Schools changed to a transparent and community-driven model, wherein community organizations partner with the school to help meet their mission. Financial and land assets are managed differently.

Two new campuses on the Big Island and Maui have increased the student body to 6,715 in 2014. Outreach programs aimed at Hawaiian students attending public schools deliver the legacy of Bernice Pauahi Bishop to many more Hawaiian families.

The new strategic plan sets goals for leadership, financial benchmarks, cultural resources, sustainable assets and commercial interests that will support future generations of Hawaiian students.

Kamehameha Schools partners with Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce by sending students to the chamber’s annual full-day business conference, Hui Holomua.

Student attendees learn about entrepreneurship and Maui business sectors, and have the opportunity to interact with Maui businesspeople in a relaxed setting.

This program meets Kamehameha Schools’ goals and the chamber’s mission: to promote and sustain our Hawaiian culture, nurturing a strong community of Hawaiian values, and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education.

The eighth annual Hui Holomua Business Fest will be held in October at The Grand Wailea Resort. For information, visit www.mauihawaiianchamber.org.