Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nā Kula ʻO Kamehameha ma Kapālama      



1970-1979 Highlights


•Hawai’i’s primary revenue producers are the military at $709 million, tourism at $645 million, sugar at $210 million and pineapple at $135 million.

•Activist and ethnic awareness groups create land use and environmental conflicts resulting in new government sponsored environmental impact laws.

•The Hawaiian renaissance in culture, language and the arts blossoms.

•Americans of Japanese ancestry are 29% of Hawai’i’s population, 40% of the State Senate, 50% of the State House of Representatives and 3 of the 4 U.S. Congressmen from Hawai’i..


Admissions criteria to Kamehameha Schools changes.  New applicants for grades 7-12 will compete only with other applicants within their own geographic district.

To reduce crowding in the Kamehameha Schools dormitories, all O’ahu students are not eligible to board.  Three new buses are purchased to provide transportation to rural O’ahu students.


An information sharing partnership called the Hawaiian Services Institutions and Agencies (HSIA) includes Kamehameha Schools, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Lunalilo Home and Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center.

Life in Old Hawai’i by Caroline Curtis is published by Kamehameha Schools Press. It is reprinted in 1998.

The first Kamehameha Early Education Program (KEEP) is conceived.  It garners international acclaim before closing.  The education, research, and evaluation portion becomes a regular part of Schools operations under various names and divisions.

1971 March 18

The appointment of Trustee MATSUO TAKABUKI (1971-1993) causes controversy within the Hawaiian community. Additionally, as TAKABUKI takes control of investing, the “lead Trustee” system evolves concentrating power contrary to their fiduciary responsibilities to know everything and be accountable. 

1971 July 27

The Internal Revenue Service challenges Kamehameha Schools tax-exempt status on the basis of its Hawaiians-only admissions policy which is compared to segregated private schools in Mississippi.  The challenge is dropped.

                1971 July 29. 

Maui County Mayor Elmer Carvalho and Life of the Land file suit against the U.S. Navy to stop the bombing of Kaho’olawe.

1971  October 15

Two women whose children were not accepted for admission to Kamehameha Schools file suit in Circuit Court to change the admissions policies.  They claimed that the ability to speak without a pidgin accent and high socio-economic status were factors for acceptance.  Their suit was dismissed. 

1972 January

JACK DARVILL  becomes President of Kamehameha Schools following the retirement of JAMES BUSHONG.
FRED CACHOLA, KSB 1953, is named Director of the Extension Education Division, a large, influential division with a mandate to do more for Hawaiians.

1972 May

Kamehameha Schools receives the first Hawaiian Music Foundation Award for “50 years of Song Contests and singing.

1972 August

Kamehameha Early Education Program (KEEP) opens a demonstration school at the ewa entrance to Kapälama. The school is a reading and language arts designed specifically to help Hawaiian children achieve their


The Girls School dining hall, Haleakalä, becomes the Art Department of the high school.

JAMES HARPSTRITE becomes High school Principal when MURL ANDERSON resigns.  WINONA RUBIN is appointed Acting Principal for three months until he is hired.


The first Honolulu Marathon is won by Duncan MacDonald with a time of 2:27:34.


1973 July 1

Kamehameha Schools is no longer a military Institute, but a high school unit.  For the first time since 1908, J.R.O.T.C. is voluntary for juniors and seniors, but is still mandatory for freshmen and sophomores.  J.R.O.T.C. is an elective for Girls.


George Ariyoshi becomes Hawai’i’s first governor of Japanese ancestry.

1974 February 17

MYRON THOMPSON is appointed Trustee to fill the vacancy left by the death of ATHERTON RICHARDS.

1974 September 26, 27

Kuilima Hotel at Kahuku on O’ahu is the site of a meeting of Trustees and 7 top administrators to establish a mission statement and goals to guide the Schools for the next 10 years.


Kamehameha Schools Extension Education in partnership with the Hawai’i Department of Education establishes Hale O Ho’oponopono alternative education program in Hönaunau on the island of Hawai’i.

Hui Nä Koa O Kamehameha athletic booster club is formed.

1974 November 7

A California teacher sues Kamehameha Schools over the restriction of hiring teachers of only the Protestant Christian faith. The suit is dismissed.

The U.S. Congress recognizes Hawaiians as Native Americans for the purpose of funding programs.


ROBERT SPRINGER becomes head of Campus Programs which includes day and boarding programs, all educational divisions and departments and Student Personnel Services.
DAVID PETERS, KSK 1975, is the first Kamehameha student to become a National Merit Finalist and to win a scholarship to the college of his choice

Construction of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in WaikIkI begins on the site called Helumoa where Kamehameha V enjoyed his seaside hale pili and gave it to Pauahi upon his death.

           1975 February 19

Bishop Museum incorporates as an autonomous entity no longer a part of the Kamehameha Schools.


Kamehameha Early Education Program (KEEP) becomes an Educational Division rather than and Extension Education Division program.

               1976 January 4

Hawaiian protestors occupy Kaho’olawe to stop Navy bombing exercises.

1976 May.

Hōkūleʻa voyages to Tahiti to prove that Hawaiians used non-instrument and celestial navigation to travel the Pacific Ocean and occupy the islands. GORDON PI’‘IANAI’A, KSB 1958,  of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Study Institute and NavigatorNAINOA THOMPSON, KS Trustee 2000-2010,  are on board.  Many other Kamehameha Schools alumni become voyagers.


  1. Kupulani, a conception through age 5 program begins at Ko’olauloa area of O’ahu. KEEP research shows that the foundation for future academic success is built during the preschool years.

  2. The Home Visitory Program, one of three pre-kindergarten education sservices through the KS Center for Development of Early Education,  assists native Hawaiian families by guiding parents with prenatal care through their child’s early development stages. He Aha Ka Meahou Ma Kamehameha, Winter 1990, p. 6.

ANTHONY RAMOS, KSB 1958, is the the first Kamehameha Schools alumnus to be high school principal.

Frank E. Midkiff Learning Center opens on the Kapaläma high school campus.


1977 September

The first exchange student to Kamehameha Schools arrives from the Cook Islands. The next year Kamehameha Schools sends two to Rorotonga.


  1. Kamehameha Schools /Bishop Estate begins selling its entire residential lease portfolio of 13,000 house lots to comply with a judge’s interpretation of Act 185, the leasehold reform passed by the 1975 State legislature.

  1. Kekuhaupi’o fieldhouse is purchased by St. Louis High School and is still in use as their fieldhouse today.

1978 March 9

A computer program randomly selects students for admission from kindergarten through sixth grade. After grade six, student must test competitively and only an excellent outcome ensures their continued admittance to grade seven.

1978 September

Nänäikapono, Nänäkuli and Pähoa public schools offer the successful and effective KEEP reading program.


The State of Hawai’i constitution convention provides for the formation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).


Bishop Estate Trustee, Land and Finance Divisions move to Kawaiaha’o  Plaza in downtown Honolulu.
The first Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is completed at Helumoa, Waikīkī. It is the Schools largest revenue generating commercial property.

Federal judge, SAMUEL W. KING, issues a preliminary ruling stating that key provisions of the State Land Reform Act forcing landholders to sell to lessees is unconstitutional. 

1979 September

The new Kekuhaupi’o  athletic complex opens at Kapaläma.



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