King Kekaulike High School

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King Kekaulike High School (KKHS), home of the Na Ali'i, was established in 1995 and is located in Pukalani, Hawaii.[1] It serves the communities of Haiku, Kula, Makawao, Paia, and Pukalani.[2]

School History & Information[edit]

King Kekaulike High School opened in September 1995 with a freshmen class of 383 students.[2] It added a grade level each year from 1995 to 1998 until the student body had grown to include grades 9-12. Enrollment in the 1998-1999 school year was 1,311 students.

As eighth graders, the Class of 1999 selected the school's vision: "Majestically, on the slopes of Haleakala, King Kekaulike High School strives in unity for excellence in learning, leading and living to enrich, empower, and elevate our students, our community, and our world." They also chose the school colors, black and teal ("black for Kekaulike's thunder and teal for the blue sky above the green land"), and the nickname of Na Ali'i (The Royal Chiefs) in honor of Kekaulike, who ruled on Maui from 1700 - 1736.[2]

The school motto is Kulia I Ka Nu'u, which means to strive for the summit.[2] The school alma mater is "The King's Heritage" by Lois Whitney. The campus boasts a tile sculpture of a kahili (a ceremonial standard marking the presence of a Hawaiian chief) by Bob Flint.

In 2013, King Kekaulike High School was named one of eleven "Best High Schools in Hawaii" by US News & World Report [3] and one of ten Hawaii schools in The Washington Post's annual index of "America's Most Challenging High Schools." [4] The Na Ali'i were the only Maui County school to receive such honors that year, though both King Kekaulike and Maui High School were recognized in the Post's 2012 index. [5]

School Administration[edit]

  • Mark Elliott, Principal
  • Vice Principal Alison Hess (Grades 11-12)
  • Vice Principal Ginger Camara (Grades 9)

Vice Principal Ginifer Nania-Cole (Grade 10)

Contact Information[edit]

  • Address: 121 Kula Highway, Pukalani, HI 96768
  • Phone: (808) 573-8710
  • Fax: (808) 573-2231


King Kekaulike High School is a member of the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) and Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA).[6] The school competes in fifteen varsity team sports for boys and sixteen for girls. The Athletic Director is PK Higa.[1]

Team Sports[edit]

Fall Sports

  • Air Riflery
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls volleyball
  • Cheerleading

Winter Sports

  • Basketball
  • Canoe Paddling
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Spring Sports

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Girls Water Polo
  • Girls Softball

State Championships[edit]

King Kekaulike High School has captured two state championships for team sports:

  1. Canoe Paddling - Mixed (2004)[7]
  2. Football - Division II (2006)[8]

King Kekaulike High School has captured many state championships for individual sports:

  1. Wrestling - Mike Wheeler 160 lbs. (2003)
- Landon Kerbow 171 lbs. (2007)
- Jonathan Pico 160 lbs. (2011)
- Austin Bloch 140 lbs. (2012)
  1. Cross Country - Bailey Massenburg (2008)

MIL Championships[edit]

King Kekaulike High School has captured numerous MIL championships. The first girls MIL Championship was for volleyball in 1999. The first boys MIL Championship was for soccer in the 1999-2000 season, when the team went undefeated with a 12-0 record.[9] Since then the school has won numerous MIL titles in a variety of different sports.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b King Kekaulike High School, Official Website
  2. ^ a b c d School Status and Improvement Report, School Year 2008-09, King Kekaulike High School
  3. ^ "Top Hawaii High Schools". US News & World Report. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  4. ^ The Washington Post Retrieved 9 June 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Tanji, Melissa (28 April 2013). "King Kekaulike on list of challenging schools in the U.S.". The Maui News. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ HHSAA, King Kekaulike High School
  7. ^ HHSAA, Canoe Paddling Tournament Record Book
  8. ^ HHSAA, Football Tournament Record Book
  9. ^ Home Teams Online, KKHS Na Ali'i Boys Soccer