Kamehameha Schools, located in Hawaii, is the largest independent school system in the United States.
It is a statewide private educational system funded by a $6.2 billion trust endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Its network enrolls about 7,000 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and 31 preschool sites statewide.
Approximately 37,500 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawaii and across the continental United States.
A group of Kakaako residents calling themselves Kakaako United has protested the pricing of condos in the redevelopment district saying that the school is not following rules on providing enough low income housing. No action has been taken by the group or the city.
Kamehameha Schools has been the target of criticism over its academic requirements for admission and not following Bishop’s will requiring education for “all” Hawaiian children.
Bishop’s will states that, “I give, devise and bequeath all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate real and personal, wherever situated unto the trustees below named, their heirs and assigns forever, to hold upon the following trusts, namely: to erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, each for boarding and day scholars, one for boys and one for girls, to be known as, and called the Kamehameha Schools.” Further the will gives full power to the trustees on decision making and how the school is run and funded.