Nuʻukia – Mission



I Ulu i ke Kuamoʻo. I Mana i ka ʻŌiwi. I Kāʻeo no ka Hanauna Hou!

Inspired by Our Past. Empowered by Our Identity. Prepared for Our Future!



Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo is a Hawaiian language immersion pre K-12, learning community, where haumāna and their families are safe, nurtured, and challenged. Utilizing Keaukaha as our learning laboratory, haumāna develop environmental literacy skills and a deep connection and understand- ing of place that will allow them to enrich their communities and take positions of responsibility beyond the boundaries of the school. All members of Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeoʻs learning ʻohana are seen as contributing to the success of our haumāna.

Our academically challenging curriculum is aligned with common core standards and centered on a culture of Native Hawaiian language, knowledge, and the Papakū Makawalu methodology. Kumu work collaboratively to ensure a school wide curriculum that promotes an environment of inquiry, communication, collaboration, sustainable innovation, and advances in individual and collective learning.

Instruction at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo is interdisciplinary with science and the natural environment leading content area studies. Haumāna investigate and analyze environmental issues developing critical thinking skills through observation, problem solving, and reflection. Kumu facilitate haumāna access and use of ancient and modern technologies, allowing them to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create new knowledge.

Haumāna at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo are expected to listen and communicate effectively in Hawaiian and English. Through use of systems thinking and reasoning haumāna will demonstrate an ability to address challenges and make effective judgments and decisions. To support these processes haumāna will be adept at the application and use of technology to access and manage information. With these skills haumāna will be prepared for post secondary educational success.

Assessments are a Hawaiian cultural norm. Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo utilize various types of assessments allowing us to collect valuable data that informs instructional, programmatic, and operational decision-making for continuous school improvement.



Core Values and Guiding Principles


We are committed to excellence in education for our keiki, community, and lāhui. We ensure that our stakeholders embrace their kuleana and honor, recognize and care for our akua. We understand that our actions reflect on our ʻohana and community, and therefore we ensure our behavior is pono.


Striving for excellence in all areas (social, spiritual, and academic) is our guiding principle. We exemplify leadership through critical decision-making that empowers our keiki and their ʻohana.


We care for and support our community, which includes Keaukaha, the Hawaiian community, and Hawaiian culture-based schools. We do this by actively participating in activities that benefit the community and sharing our resources openly. We are conscious of how our activities affect our community. We participate in political decisions, introduce new and innovative teaching skills, and take chances using aggressive and creative teaching methods.


We honor and respect the school community. We will make decisions based on aloha and understanding. We care for our ʻohana and implement programs that enhance family participation. We mālama ʻohana by including them in their keiki’s education to connect them to their keiki as well as to Hawaiian education.