Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nā Kula ʻO Kamehameha ma Kapālama      



1960-1969 Highlights


•Hawai’i sugar workers, the highest paid agricultural workers in the world, are gradually replaced by machines.

•Lava from Kilauea volcano covers the famous hot springs at Kapoho and the town on the Big Island.

•For the first time tourism is the largest employer over sugar and pineapple. The building permits increase $35 million over the previous year.  hawaiihistory.org

•Singer Alfred Apaka dies suddenly at age 40.

•Lunch counter sit-ins begin in the U.S. South.

•Hawaiian cultural awareness and activism increases on all fronts.

1960 November 4

Paki Hall, a 28 room classroom building is designed by Harvard educated and world-reknown architect,  THEODORE VIERRA, KSB 1919


1960 November 19

Ruling Chiefs of Hawai’i by Samuel Kamakau is published by Kamehameha Schools Press


Award pins are given for scholarship, leadership and citizenship. National Honor Society pins are for all around achievement, Masque and Gavel  pins are for radio, oratory, theatre, and deputation teams, Quill and Scroll pins are for journalism.  Letters are given for all sports.

1961 January 20

Kamehameha School for Boys band, color guard and marching unit participate in the inaugural parade of U.S. President  John F. Kennedy.


JAMES BUSHONG becomes the President of Kamehameha Schools replacing HAROLD W. KENT.


1962 June 17

The Extension Education Divison begins with a pilot summer reading program for 338 students.

1962 August 18

Post-high school scholarships are offered to 147 Kamehameha alumni.

1962 October 22

New Preparatory Department Dormitories  are dedicated. The architect is Harvard educated and world reknown architect, THEODORE VIERRA, KSB 1919, 

1962 June 14

Kamehameha Schools Alumnae and Alumni Associations merge. 


The Personnel, Extension, Scholarship and Occupation Departments are established.

1963 November 21

The Kamehameha Schools Advisory Council has its first meeting.

1964  March

The annual Song Contest is held at the Neil Blaisdell Center for the first time.

1964 May 1

Princess Ruth Ke’elikölani olympic swimming pool  is dedicated.  THEODORE VIERRA, KSB 1919, is the Harvard trained architect.


1964 June 30

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) evaluates Kamehameha Schools programs for the first time and give the Schools a full five-year accreditation.

1964 August 19

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop administration building is dedicated.  THEODORE VIERRA, KSB 1919, is the architect. Information and photo credit:  Kilakila ‘O Kamehameha by Donald D. Kilolani Mitchell l , 87


The Senior Prom usually held in the Kekuhaupi’o gym, is held off-campus for the first time.


KSPD, the Preparatory Department, is divided into two administrative units:

•KSPD Elementary Division includes Kindergarten through Sixth grades

•KSPD Intermediate Divison includes Seventh and Eighth grades.

February 3.  Dr. DONALD MITCHELL requests permission for the students to perform the standing hula.  Permission is granted by the Trustees.

1965 August

‘Akahi, the Boys School dining hall is renovated with plans by architect THEODORE VIERRA, KSB 1919. Information and photo credit:  Kilakila ‘O Kamehameha by Donald D. Kilolani Mitchell , 71


1965 September

Kamehameha School for Boys and Girls are combined with the Girls School campus designated at Upper and the Boys School campus as Lower.


NONA BEAMER, KSG 1941,  adds the first ho’ike  in mele and hula to the Song Contest program. Photo credit:  kaiwakiloumoku.ksbe.edu


Ala Moana Shopping Center, the world’s largest, opens.


Henry J. Kaiser leases Küapa and Maunalua fishpond from Bishop Estate in 1961 and dredges wetlands and fills areas to development the residential community of Hawai’i Kai. Photo credit:  Wikipedia.org
Princess Victoria Kamamalu Building, the elementary division classrooms, is dedicated. The architects are Roehrig, Onodera and Kinder. Kü Kilakila ‘o Kamehameha by Donald D. Kilolani Mitchell, 116. Photo credit:  Kamehameha Schools Archives(Diamond Photographs )LD6566_161_06

The Bishop Estate and other private landowners are adversely affected when the State legislature passed the Land Reform Act (Hawai’i Revised Statutes, Chapter 516) which permits residential leaseholders to purchase the land under their homes through the State’s power of condemnation. Bishop Estate land holdings shrink but cash revenues rise.

During the 1967-1968 school year, the first traveling Hawaiian culture resource team visits fourth graders on the major Hawaiian islands.


  1. The Christmas Concert moves to Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall and opens to the public free of charge.

  1. The first Kamehameha Schools sponsored one week Explorations in Hawaiian culture program begins in the summer with post-fifth graders. Imua Fall 1992

HUNG WO CHING, Ph.D., is he first Trustee appointed to a limited term with the mandatory retirement age of 70.



The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows the creation of subsidiaries by the Bishop Estate to develop its lands.

1969 April 16

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) letter states that the Bishop Estate is a tax-exempt educational institution according to section 501(c) (3) of the Tax Code.

1961 September 1

  1. The Boys School and Girls School have the first coeducational classes. The administration plans to lower costs by eliminating redundant functions. The merger is completed in 1965.

  2. A three year, high school level Hawaiian language course earns the student language credits when applying to the University of Hawai’i.


•Keo Nakama at age 40 becomes the first man to swim the Moloka’i channel.

•Pali Highway opens. Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park is dredged.

•Chinn Ho and hui buy the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Chinn Ho is the first Asian Pacific Islander to own a major daily newspaper.

•Hawai’i trade imports are$573 million and trade exports are $282 million.  The economy runs a deficit.


•John A. Burns is elected Governor of Hawai’i.  Daniel Inouye is elected to the U.S. Senate and Spark Matsunaga is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

•Don Ho performs for the first time at Duke’s.

•The Cuban missile crisis pits the U.S. President Kennedy against U.S.S.R. premier Khrushchev with the U.N as mediator. 


•Polynesian Culture Center opens in Lāʻie

•The Hawaiian Renaissance grows..

•President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas


•Patsy Mink is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

•Neal S. Blaisdell Center is built by the City and County of Honolulu on the site of the Ward home called Old Plantation. Its lush spring-fed waterways are diverted and covered.

•The Beatles from the U.K. are a pop culture hit.

•U.S. President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Bill


•Series of marches take place in Selma, Alabama protesting racial injustice against those of African ancestry and a history of slavery.

•The first Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing championship is held.

•Vietnam War begins.


•One million tourists arrive.

•Hawai’i has the highest taxes per capita in the nation.

•Hawai’i Pono’i, the song of the Hawaiian monarchs, becomes the State anthem.


•Frank Fasi becomes mayor of Honolulu. 

•Fred Hemmings, Jr. becomes Hawai’i’s first world surfing champion.

•Eddie Aikau becomes a Waimea Bay, O’ahu lifeguard.


State Capitol building opens. •Francis Keala is police chief.  •7 airlines fly to Hawaii from 35 U.S. cities.

•Woodstock (N.Y.) happens.

•Apollo 11 lands on the moon.

The first Board of Governors meets to manage the business of the Schools.  Their mission accomplished, they dissolve in 1974. Businessmen John D. Bellinger and Herbert Corneuelle are among its members.

While teaching summer school on Moloka’i, JOHN WHITE learns that most of his haumana had never left their island.  With his own funds, he flies groups of four students to Honolulu and arranges their housing and meals at Kamehameha Schools dormitories. This effort becomes Explorations, the popular week-long Hawaiian cultural studies program.


Alarmed by increasing lawsuits against provisions of the Will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, KS alumni and friends form the Friends of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate. Founding members include LOUIS AGARD KSB 1942 and The Reverend Abraham Akaka.




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