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KA’I program at ‘Iolani School

The ‘Iolani School KA‘I Programs raise life outcomes for under-resourced, first-generation youth from Pālolo Valley (Honolulu, HI) through long-term, high-quality education programs and deep, comprehensive support at no cost to families.

Over the past 14 years, the KA‘I Programs have worked with community partners in and around Pālolo Valley to create an educational pipeline for students to rise out of poverty and become leaders in their communities. The four KAʻI Programs now include the KA‘I Keiki early childhood education summer program, the KA‘I Elementary Program, the KA‘I Middle & High School Program, and the KA‘I Postsecondary program.
Through its single community focus, the KAʻI Programs have been able to drastically increase access to early childhood education for under-resourced children from Pālolo Homes, achieve a 96% high school graduation rate amongst students, and send 80% of its graduates to postsecondary education with full tuition gap scholarships, ensuring that students graduate debt-free. During the pandemic, the KAʻI Program expanded its services to provide food distributions and emergency relief assistance to keep families stable and in their homes.

‘Iolani School is grateful for the resounding generosity and support shared by The Healy Foundation and many others, who make our KAʻI Programs and students’ life-changing outcomes possible.