Our story
It is our kuleana to move Pauahi’s legacy forward.

Uplifting our Native Hawaiian community


Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was a passionate advocate for her Native Hawaiian people, believing that education was key to the survival of our lāhui. In 1883, she bequeathed her entire estate, including 375,000 acres of Hawai‘i land, to create Kamehameha Schools. Her endowment now funds thousands of learners across Kamehameha Schools’ three K-12 campuses, 29 preschools and many community-based education programs, as well as a number of cultural and environmental stewardship programs.

In 2015, Kamehameha Schools set forth Vision 2040 that, within a generation, foresees a thriving lāhui where all Native Hawaiian learners are achieving success and leading their communities, both locally and globally. To accomplish this new vision, Kamehameha Schools must grow beyond its current impact. The bold changes envisioned will rely on strategic collaborations and partnerships with communities, organizations, and individuals who share similar values and commitments.

Join us in leveraging the incredible power of Pauahi’s gift.

Pauahi Foundation

Established in 1995 by the trustees of Kamehameha Schools as the fundraising arm of the organization, the Pauahi Foundation’s purpose is to seek community partnerships and create educational opportunities that transform lives within the Hawaiian community.

To further broaden the reach of KS and in its pursuit of 20-year vision of a thriving lāhui, the foundation is now managed under the umbrella of Kamehameha Schools Office of Advancement.