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Kamehameha Schools (KS) Kaiāulu

Māhuahua Ka Lae Research Award

Māhuahua Ka Lae (interpreted as “the proliferation of Hawaiian intellect and wisdom”) describes the focus of a new Kamehameha Schools research opportunity. KS recognizes a need for scholarship and research to better align with the Native Hawaiian worldview in both form and function. Increasing the prevalence and influence of Native Hawaiian perspectives, knowledge, practices, and approaches through overlapping traditional and western academic research are crucial pathways for improving the well-being of our lāhui, Hawaiʻi, and honua.

Māhuahua Ka Lae research awards seek to accomplish significant short-term strides through trail-blazing and innovative research and publication. Long-term, systemic change will also be advanced via well-supported emerging Native Hawaiian practitioners and scholars who will be poised to move into leadership roles in their practices and disciplines.

To learn more about specific research grant opportunities and eligibility criteria, please download the overview document by clicking the button below:

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Hālāwai ʻAi Kole - Talk Story Session

An informational session was held on March 3, 2023 for potential applicants. You can find a recording of the session here:

Phase 1: Letter of Interest

Interested applicants must submit an online application that includes a letter of interest no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. The letter of interest shall be of no more than 10 pages (double-spaced, maximum 3,000 words).

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Phase 2: Finalists Presentation

Finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants and invited to provide a 30-minute virtual presentation to an on-line Review Panel.

Finalists should expect to present during the week of April 3 - 6, 2023.

Kamehameha Schools Preference Policy

Kamehameha Schools’ policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.  All applicants who would like to be considered under this preference policy must verify his or her Hawaiian ancestry through the KS Hoʻoulu Verification Services (HVS). All applicants are encouraged to contact HVS to initiate this process as soon as possible.

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