Ka 'Umeke Kā'eo Public Charter School


Grades Served: PK-10
School Code: #562
Type of Charter: Start-up
Enrollment Count: 205

These figures represent each school’s August official enrollment count, which include all grades served from kindergarten through grade 12, but do not include preschool. Note: These counts are different from the October 15 enrollment counts, which are used to determine charter schools’ per-pupil allocations.

Island Served: Hawaii​



I ulu i ke kuamo‘o, I mana i ka ‘ōiwi, I kā‘eo no ka hanauna hou (Inspired by our past, Empowered by our identity, prepared for our future)



Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo is a Hawaiian language immersion K-12, learning community, where students and their families are safe, nurtured, and challenged. Utilizing Keaukaha as our learning laboratory, students develop 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.

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. Teachers 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. Students investigate and analyze environmental issues developing critical thinking skills through observation, problem solving, and reflection. Teachers facilitate student access and use of ancient and modern technologies, allowing them to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create new knowledge.

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

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

Contact Information

Director (Interim):  Michelle Nahale-a 

Governing Board Chair: Lima Naipo

Mailing Address:

1500 Kalanianaole Avenue.

Hilo, HI 96720







Preschool Development Grant Memorandum of Agreement:  

Starting School Year 2015-16

Current State Public Charter School Contract:  


Past State Public Charter School Contract: 



Academic Performance

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​State Public Charter School Commission


1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100

Honolulu, HI 96813

Tel: 808-586-3775

Fax: 808-586-3776

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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