Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School is located on the Puhi plain, nestled between Mount Ha`upu, the highest point in the Hoary Head mountain range, and Kilohana Crater and Mount Wai`ale`ale to the north. Students in 6th-8th grades who live in the Hanama`ulu, Lihu`e, Puhi, Koloa, Omao, Lawai, and Kalaheo communities are with the geographic area serviced by the school.
The School’s Mission is to provide a positive and accepting environment, which empowers all students in their academic, social and physical pursuits as well-rounded lifelong learners and productive citizens.
Learning is grounded in the Common Core State Standards with an emphasis on Literacy across all content areas.
To achieve the vision of E Holomua I ka Na’auao – “Progress through Knowledge” Always striving, constantly learning, forever improving, electives provide students with the opportunity to develop personal strengths, talents, and interests or receive additional assistance with their learning. Interdisciplinary teaming and the Comprehensive Student Support System provide wrap-around services for every child.
An Advisory program based on Hawaiian values and the 40 Developmental Assets develops students’ ability to respect and value diversity within our school and the world at large and nurtures the development of interpersonal skills students need to live and work with others harmoniously.
The school is named after the High Chiefess Kamakahelei who was the paramount leader of Kaua`i circa 1778 at the time of Captain Cook’s arrival on Kaua`i.
Lihue is the government and commercial center of the island as well as a cultural and historical area. This may be the most traveled town on Kauai since its home to Kauai’s main airport (the Lihue Airport) and Nawiliwili Harbor, the island's major commercial shipping center and cruise ship port.
Lihue has a variety of beaches and natural wonders to explore. Kalapaki Beach is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club and the Hokuala Golf Resort. Bodysurfing, windsurfing and swimming make Kalapaki a popular destination. Ninini Beach is home to an automated lighthouse, operating since 1897. And just north of Lihue, don’t forget to stop at the Wailua Falls lookout for an amazing waterfall view.
The Lihue area also has numerous historical spots including Alekoko (Menehune Fishpond), a roughly 1000-year old aquaculture reservoir; Kilohana, a historic plantation estate; and both the historic Kauai Museum and Grove Farm Homestead Museum. Lihue is your gateway to adventure on Kauai.
Participants should plan to fly into Lihue Airport on Kaua'i which is approximately 10 minutes away from the school.
Participants should consider renting a car. Uber and Lyft are new to the island and not yet reliable forms of transport.