King Kekaulike High School

King Kekaulike High School, home of the Na Ali'i, was established in 1995 and is located in Pukalani, Hawaii.
It serves the communities of Haiku, Kula, Makawao, Paia, and Pukalani. 

121 Kula Hwy, Makawao, HI 96768 | 808-727-3500 | ESTABLISHED IN 1995

Setting up our students for a successful future is fiercely important to KKHS. Excerpt from Mr. Elliott's Principals Corner below:

"We've been blessed to have College Counselor Lyle Irimata on loan from the University of Hawaii Maui Campus and college counseling- trained Jackie Zambrano — both are working very hard with our students in searching for student and college/university matches, application processes and requirements, and scholarship opportunities.  

They welcome inquiries from parents and would like everyone to encourage their Kekaulike student(s) no matter what grade level to stop by the College Counseling Office (F-204) to learn more about what could await them. We of Kekaulike believe that ALL students should explore some form of post-high school education and/or learning opportunity, and there are so many different forms and venues for learning after Kekaulike. We also believe that one can NEVER start too soon in exploring post secondary options and opportunities! A well planned program goes a long ways towards saving money and most important, finding the best match for our students as they pursue their careers and dreams."Read More from Mr. Elliott....

ABOUT US ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

King Kekaulike High School is a Hawaii public high school in the district of Maui, established in 1995. The campus is spread over 50 acres on the majestic slopes of Haleakala. Students come from the communities of Haiku, Kula, Makawao, Paia, and Pukalani. The school colors are Black, for Kekaulike’s thunder and Teal, for the green land (aina) and blue sky (lani).

Our school programs include Gifted and Talented (includes Accelerated and AP classes), Computer Education, Special Education, Special Motivation, Hawaiian Language Immersion, co-curricular activities, and a wide range of athletics.

King Kekaulike High School strives in unity to support excellence in living, learning, and leading by focusing on Respect for self, others, and our school, and by promoting Rigor and Relevancy in learning. Six General Learner Outcomes are the essential overarching goals for all grade levels, from elementary through middle to high, and all of the academic disciplines, whether mathematics, career and life skills, health, or any of the seven other content areas. These General Learner Outcomes do not exist in isolation, but should be an integral part of the school culture as demonstrated in daily classroom instruction and assessment.

  • Self-directed Learner - The ability to be responsible for one’s own learning

  • Community Contributor - The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together

  • Complex Thinker - The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving

  • Quality Producer - The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products

  • Effective Communicator - The ability to communicate effectively

  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology - The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically.


King Kekaulike High School strives in unity to support excellence in living, learning, and leading by focusing on Respect for self, others, and our school, and by promoting Rigor and Relevancy in learning. To view specific areas of learning use the menu above.

As students reach their Junior year they move into a Pathway of their choosing, which gives them the opportunity to focus on areas of study of interest to them and to begin planning for higher education and/or vocational opportunities.

In addition to core courses and pathway classes, students are also provided with opportunities to study through Electives during their four years at school.

King Kekaulike also offers students support and programs to complete their education through the Hawaiian Immersion Langugage Program and with the assistance of Special Education. Please see the page for details on core and elective requirements for graduation.

When planning a course of study, consult teachers, counselors, and parents and consider Graduation Requirements, prerequisites for different courses, personal educational and career plans, and interests and aptitudes.

Program Changes are made for the following reasons only:
1. Incomplete schedule
2. Course already taken
3. Incorrect level placement
4. Registration error
5. Course needed for graduation
6. Early admission to college
7. Services from an alternative program
8. Acceptable employment (seniors only)

Students who fail to preregister by the deadline will be programmed according to space availability and forfeit their rights to program changes. No student preference changes will be made once a semester begins.


King Kekaulike High School is organized into Smaller Learning Communities. At the 9th and 10th grade levels students are in Houses. At the 11th and 12th grade students are in Career Pathways.

Students select their pathway when registering for their junior year. This choice should be based on the career interests of the student. By taking multiple pathway core classes, students open their options for membership in different pathways. Students in a pathway will be with a team of teachers English/Social Studies/ Electives) who will work with them on integrated projects, including a Senior project. Project topics will be based on their pathway.

For example:

  • A senior in Health and Human Service could research, design and prepare a healthy options menu to serve to senior citizens at the Kaunoa Senior Center

  • A senior in BizTech could research and teach students about the pros and cons of using sites like MySpace.

  • A senior in Arts and Communication could design a 3-D model of the Kekaulike performing arts center.

Please select from the pathways below to find out about requirements, read course descriptions, and learn more about the program.

King Kekaulike High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Susan Scofield, Principal, (808) 727-3500

Hawaiian Immersion

Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai‘i

Hawai'i is the only state in the United States that has designated a native language, Hawaiian, as one of its two official state languages. In 1987, in light of the Hawai'i State Constitution mandate (Article X, Section 4) to promote the study of Hawaiian culture, language and history and the persistent requests of parents and Hawaiian community leaders, the Department of Education established the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai'i. (from

Ka Papahana Kaiapuni is committed to the use of the Hawaiian Language as the medium of instruction for students in grades K-12. The program strives to provide a quality education based on knowledge of the Hawaiian language and culture as the foundation upon which individuals become responsible, sensitive and productive adults who contribute significantly to all levels of Hawai'i's community.

Principal: Mark Elliott

Vice Principals: 
Ginger Camara
Ginifer Nania
Alison Uyehara

Athletic Director: Patrick Higa

Registrar: Kim Uyehara

Student Activities Coordinator (SAC): Ronnie Kihara

Jayna Yamamoto (12)
Elizabeth Esguerra (11)
Sylvia Frerking (10)
Jennifer Wood (9)

College and Career Counselor(s):
Jamie Gomer
Jackie Zambrano

Student Services Coordinator (SSC):
Pam Hoff

Curriculum Coordinator:
Brandi Spalding

PCNC Facilitator: 
Ocean Lehua Zbiciak