Kamehameha School for Boys was the first to be established in 1887 on what are now the grounds of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu. A year later the Preparatory Department, for boys 6 to 12 years of age, opened in adjacent facilities. The School for Girls opened in 1894 on its own campus nearby. In the early years, the curriculum focused on manual and industrial arts. Between 1930 and 1955, all three schools moved to its present location - Kapālama Heights - less than a mile mauka of the old Bishop Museum campus. In 1965 the boy’s and girl’s campuses became co-ed and the curriculum was increasingly geared to college preparation.
The 600-acre Kapalama Campus is the largest and oldest of Kamehameha's three campuses. A 180-acre campus on Maui, a 300-acre campus on Hawai‘i, some 32 preschools on five islands and numerous extension education programs round out the statewide education system. In addition to three campuses, Kamehameha operates 30 preschool sites enrolling 1,500 3- and 4-year-old children statewide; and serves thousands more students through community outreach and scholarship programs, and collaborations with educational and community organizations.
Excerpted with permission from Kamehameha Schools (c) 1996-2010.