Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nā Kula ʻO Kamehameha ma Kapālama      



1925-1939 Highlights




Ala Wai Canal is dredged to drain Waikïkï wetlands that are being filled.

1925 May

Kapälama heights is chosen by Trustees as the site of the new campus.


The first debating club is organized.

1925 March

Six-month old LILLIAN KIMAKEA, a Hawaiian-Chinese infant from the Salvation Army Home, is the first living baby in the Practice Cottage where senior Girls learn childcare and home management skills.

1925 May 16

The first Ho’olaulea is held.  KS Annual Report 1965-66

1925 Summer

Haha’ione Valley near Koko Head is turned over to School administrators for the development of a Farm School.  The Boys begin clearing land for a model farm that includes a model dairy, a cattle barn and hog and poultry yards.  The valley floor will be planted in alfalfa and other crops.  45 acres are set aside for agriculture and 200 acres are for grazing.

Kamehameha School for Boys enrolls  25 day students.


•The ten story Aloha Tower is the tallest building in Hawai’i.

•The Royal Hawaiian Hotel open in Waikīkī.

•The number of visitors to the islands grows from 9400 to 22,000 a year.

Dormitory C is the Inter-dormitory football champion.

1926 May 26

The first formal Hawaiian Song Contest at the Kamehameha School for Boys takes place. The winning class receives the George Alanson Andrus Cup.

1927 June 3

The first formal Hawaiian Song Contest at the Kamehameha School for Girls takes place. The winning class receives the New England Mother’s Cup.


MAUDE SCHAEFFER becomes Principal of Kamehameha School for Girls.

News from the 1927 CadetMiss Schaeffer discusses Sportsmanship at a devotional service. Volleyball is a favorite Girls sport. The auto shop under Instructor Parrent receives new repair equipment. Our beef cattle won 3 first prizes. Padekin Rankin’s Arbor Day survey finds 1800 planted trees flourishing.




Under coach WILLIAM WISE KSB 1928, the Warrior football team wins the Interscholastic championship for the second time against Punahou School and becomes the first local high school team to play on the mainland winning against Pasadena Junior College at the Rose Bowl. Pllayed on December 29,1928, the winning score is Kamehameha 26, Pasadena 7. Ka Moi, 1928




•Hawai’i Theatre is the first movie house on O’ahu where silent films begin playing.

•Hawaiian Airlines, originally Inter-Island Airways, Ltd. begins its first interisland flight on January 30.

•“Spirit of Hawaii,” a student musical extravaganza is directed by Charles E. King, KSB 1891

          1929 October 29.

After a decade of prosperity, financial weakness from multiple causes results in the symptomatic U.S. stock market crash on a high volume of sell orders. Banks close. Businesses are bankrupt.  In addition, drought harms farmers and the nation’s food supply. Hawai’i plantations and Big Five Companies are less affected than urban urban businesses and workers. The American economic depression affects other nations.


Hawai’i’s  population is 368,000.  The 28, 224 part-Hawaiians outnumber the 22,636 pure Hawaiians for the first time.





•“Telephone service between the U.S. mainland and the islands is established.

•“The Massie Affair and trial pits a Navy family against locals, makes national headlines and threatens island relations and self-governance.


KSB Science teacher Donald Kilolani Mitchell organizes Hui ‘Oiwi Hawaiian Club where Boys learn and practice Hawaiian culture.

1931 September 13

Kamehameha School for Girls campus is the first to be completed on Kapälama Heights. The W.O. Smith library, Haleakala dining hall, Keopuolani Senior Cottage, three dormitories, Kapiolani, Kekulauohe, Kinau, and Kaahumanu gym are dedicated.  Construction costs $1 million. 1932 Ka Buke O Kamehameha

1932 June 1

The Preparatory Department closes because of lack of funds during the Great Depression and because Trustees believe the public schools will adequately prepare boys for the entrance examination to the Boys’ school. KS Annual Report 1965-1966

1932 September

KSB JROTC status changes to “Civilian School with ROTC.”


  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the first U.S. President to visit Hawai’i.

  1. The first commercial madacamia nut processing begins at Ernest Van Tassel’s Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Co, Ltd in Kaka’ako, O’ahu.

Honolulu Star Bulletin - Sunday, May 23, 2004 By: Robert C. Schmitt for The Hawaiian Historical Society

The Farm School at Haha’ione Valley closes from lack of enrollment. Agricultural training continues on a smaller scale at the Kaiwiula campus.

1934 September 1

DR. HOMER F. BARNES becomes Principal-in-Charge when FRANK E. MIDKIFF leaves to pursue a PhD at Yale University. Barnes emphasizes an academic, college preparatory curriculum in addition to the manual, industrial training program. High standards of behavior and achievement are expected and mark Kamehameha students as outstanding members of the community.



  1. Kamehameha School for Boys curriculum includes English, social science, math, military science, shop, music and homemaking or mechanical drawing. 

  1. Kamehameha School for Girls curriculum includes English, social studies, biology, mathematics, art, bookbinding, music, hygiene, mothercraft, PE, religious instruction. 

1935 Summer

Over 50 Kamehameha School for Boys students and alumni colonize Howland, Baker and Jarvis islands for the U.S.A. as potential air landing sites and to track Japanese and British activities in the Pacific. Various groups of Boys occupy the islands until Feburary 1941.

Hui Panalä’au  supports their bond of friendship and funds a scholarship to the University of Hawai’i. Under a Jarvis Moon, a documentary in their honor, was made in 2009 by Juniroa Productions.



Pan American Airways begins passenger service from San Francisco to Honolulu.  One-way flights take 20 hours in a propeller driven airplane and costs $278.

1937 September

The Girls School new auditorium now Ke’elikolani on Konia Field, holds its first gathering.


1937 November 4

The 50th Anniversary celebration  of the founding of the Kamehameha Schools is held in the new auditorium


Hale Koa, the one story administrative and business offices is built above Maluna playing field by Hawaiian Contracting Company for $69,993. Ku Kilakila ÿO Kamehameha by Donald D. Kilolani Mitchell.


1939 September

FRANK E. MIDKIFF is appointed Trustee of the Bishop Estate from 1939-1983.


Tuition is $63.50 up $20.50 from 1890.  Costs paid by the Schools are $750 per pupil in 1939 compared to $114 in 1890.

The student teacher ratio remains the same at 9:1, or nine students for every teacher.


World War II begins in Europe when Germany invades Poland. The U.S. is neutral, but provides arms and material support to its Allies.  In Hawai’i, the Navy holds its biggest war games.  Honolulu’s first blackout drill lasts 20 minutes. hawaiihistory.org

From the 1929 Ka Moi yearbook.

  1. Pasadena comes to Hawai’i for a re-match.  The score:  Pasadena 14, Kamehameha 13.

  1. Football, Track and Baseball  are the interscholastic league sports.

  1. First championship football game in the new Honolulu Stadium at Isenberg Street in 1926.

Kamehameha 14, St. Louis 13.

  1. KSB student clubs include Senior and Junior Hi-Y, Pauahi Triangle Club,  Christian Endeavor Society,  Boys’ Glee Club, Kamehameha Band, Inter-Class Song Contests,  Athletic Club, Boxing-Wrestling Club, Good Sportsmanship Club, Hobby Club, Kam Warriors, Kodak Club, Motion Picture Club, Nature Study Club, Radio Club, Rifle Club,

  1. KSG student clubs include Christian Endeavor Society, Glee CLubs, Piano Pupils, Inter-class Song Contest, Art Club, Junior Dramatic Club, Garden Club, Girl Reserves, Girl Scouts, Know-You-City-Club, Olympic Circle, Sewing Club,

  1. Senior Boys participate in a four-week homemaking course in cooking, budgeting and infant care at the Girls School.


From the 1930 Ka Moi yearbook.

  1. KSB football team completes against the University of Hawai’i Freshmen, McKinley High School, Punahou School, St. Louis and Pasadena Junior College. Track and Field is also an interscholastic sport.

  1. KSG althletics teams included volleyball, hockeyi, tumbling, basketball, soccer and tennis.


President Dr. Homer Barnes says in the 1939 Annual Report:

In a boarding school it is especially necessary that we have a staff of teachers who are genuinely interested in the development of each individual boy and girl, who are unstinting of their time and energy in carrying out their plans and ideals, who can steer a middle course between the old adage of “spare the rod and spoil the child” on one hand, and the doctrine of infant free will on the other...




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Kingdom of Hawaiʻi         A U.S. territory                    1940ʻs                1970ʻs              2000-02         2007-08        2012-13

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