Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Charter School

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo is a Hawaiian language immersion K-12, learning community, where students and their families are safe, nurtured, and challenged. Ka ʻUmeke is located in the coastal community of Keaukaha on the island of Hawaiʻi.  Because of our unique location students at Ka ʻUmeke regularly utilize the coastline a as a learning laboratory.  This environment facilitates the our studentʻs development of environmental literacy skills and a deep connection and understanding 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 family are seen as contributing to the success of our students. 

Currently Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo serves 268 students in grades K-12.  Ninety-eight percent of them are Native Hawaiian with over sixty percent residing in Keaukaha or Panaewa Homestead communities and seventy percent qualifying for Free or Reduced lunch. 

Recently Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo completed its first Annual Report for School Year 2014-2015.  

CLICK HERE to see 2014 -2015 Annual report.

CLICK HERE to see Ka ʻUmeke Student Expectations

CLICK HERE to see Papakū Makawalu Competency Assessment Array Presentation by Roxane Stewart September 2015

CLICK HERE to see Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeoʻs Self-Study for Accreditation



Not currently hiring.  Check back in this November.


Please take a look at the attached job descriptions, if anyone is interested in applying, please email (hr@kaumeke.net), fax (808) 933-0975 or hand deliver your letter of interest, resume and two (2) letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2015. 



Creating Change Māui-a- ka-malo Style

Hina tells her son Māui-a- ka-malo of her frustrations with the early setting sun preventing her from placing her watermark on her kappa, which essentially prevents her from attaining excellence in her skill. The watermark is a kappa-making technique used by Native Hawaiians to elevate their kapa. 

As Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo digs into building a strong and vibrant high school program the organization is using lines 1984–2048 of the Kumulipo as a guide for organizational change. The lines explain how Māui-a- ka-malo positions himself to implement large-scale changes that impact the entire society.  

The story of Māui is an appropriate context from which to consider this organizational change since Ka ʻUmeke seeks to impact the lives of our haumāna, kumu, ʻohana and lāhui.

In analyzing Māui-a- ka-maloʻs strife, challenges and feats, we have discovered eight stages of change. These stages will help us determine what we will keep, change or discard. Our goal is also to create a school calendar that goes beyond 10 months and the hours of 8 am-2 pm. Come along with us as we harness the process of Māui-a- ka-malo to make great change.  CLICK HERE TO SEE PLAN.


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  • Olani Lilly
    published this page 2013-12-09 09:48:54 -1000