Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nā Kula ʻO Kamehameha ma Kapālama      



1888-1897  Highlights

1888 October 29

At the request of the Trustees, the Preparatory Department is founded and endowed by CHARLES REED BISHOP.

Nineteen boys under age 12 attend.  MISS CARRIE REAMER is principal.

Tuition is $63 annually.


1889 November 26

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is dedicated and open to the public.

December 19, 1889 is the founding date.

Mr. Bishop builds a museum in memory of his wife. It is the repository for the possessions of the Bishops, Ruth Ke’elikolani, Queen Emma and other royalty. He endows it with personal funds.


1891 January 20.

•King Kaläkaua dies of Bright’s disease in San Francisco. 

•Lili’uokalani, Pauahi’s hanai sister becomes Queen.



•Honolulu is a thriving port city.

•Horse drawn tram service begins on King Street. 

•O’ahu Railway developed by Benjamin Dillingham opens for 18 miles between Honolulu and Aiea. 

•Father Damien dies.

1888 December 19

During the First Founder’s Day ceremonies, Mr. Bishop delivers the principal address titled the Purpose of the Schools.  It is published in the January 1, 1889, Volume 1,
Number 1 issue of the first Schools newspaper, Handicraft.

...And so, in order that her people might have the opportunity for fitting themselves for such competition, and be able to hold their own in a manly and friendly way, without asking any favors which they were not likely to receive, these schools were provided for, in which Hawaiians have the preference, and which she hope they would value and take the advantages of as fully as possible...We look to those who may be trained in the Kamehameha Schools to honor the memory of the founder and the name of the schools by their good conduct, not only while in school, but in their mature lives as well.


1889 July 3


THOMPSON(1889-1922) as an
instructor at Kamehameha School for Boys.

1889 August 30

THEODORE RICHARDS is enaged to teach and becomes Principal in 1893 when MR. OLESON retires.



The population of Hawaii is 90,000 with 34,200 Hawaiians or 38% of the total population down from a population of 59,900 in 1876 when Hawaiians were 80% of the population.

1890 December 15

Kamehameha School for Boys Glee Club Concert is directed by music teacher, THEODORE RICHARDS, at the Honolulu Opera House

1891 December 19

In 1889, Mr. Bishop offers to erect the main hall of Kamehameha School for Boys. Dedicated on December 19,  1891, it is called Bishop Hall.


1891 June 23

Kamehameha School for Boys (the Manual Department) holds its first graduation exercises.  There are fourteen boys in the first graduating class. MR. BISHOP pays for the education of SAMUEL KELIINOI and CHARLES E. KING to Lake Oswego Normal School in New York, U.S.A.

Standing:  1. William Manaole Keolanui  2. Fred Beckley  3. Solomon Hanohano  4. William Rathburn  5. Sam Kauhane 6. Moses Kauwe  7. Charles E. King  8. W.E. Brown

Sitting:  9. John Waiamau  10. Sam Keliinoi  11. William Olin Crowell  12. Robert Pahau  13. Charles Blake  14. Thomas N. Hase


A baobob tree was planted by the first graduating class to commemorate their graduation.  In 1930, the tree was replanted across the road from Päki Hall (Kapālama) where it flourishes today.


1893 January 17

The Revolution of 1893 begins.  Queen Lili’uokalani abdicates to a group of American businessmen supported by the U.S. military.

A Provisional Government is formed and appeals for annexation to the U.S.A.   Grover Cleveland, an anti-imperialist is elected U.S. President and commissions a study of the situation. The monarchy lobbies in Washington D.C. The U.S Congress passes resolutions.  


Teacher ULDRICK THOMPSON writes:

Everyone here knew the Revolution was to take place.  I talked with Mr. Oleson on the 16th...”if I take part in this matter, I must resign at once and go home.  I cannot shoot Hawaiians and then return to teach these boys... Reminiscences of Kamehameha Schools 110.

1893 May 6 

MR. BISHOP said to the Trustees, Whatever happens, whatever was the outcome of the present state of political affairs, he hoped the Hawaiian Flag would always be the flag of Kamehameha Schools. The Hawaiian Flag was the Flag of the Kamehamehas... Reminiscences 112


1893 May 19  Kamehameha School for Boys adopts a four year course of studies.

1893 December 19. Mauna ‘Ala, where PAUAHI is buried is visited by students and staff for the first time.  Founder’s Day on campus remains a festive occasion with speeches, hymns, a greased pig contest and foot, stilt and sack races.

1894 March 2  

CHARLES REED BISHOP leaves Hawaii’i permanently to reside in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.  He is 72 years old.

1894  The first Schools  infirmary opens.

1894 July 4.

The Provisional Government holds a constitutional convention and creates a republic that might be acceptable to the U.S. Congress.

1894 December 19

Kamehameha School for Girls is dedicated. The finest building in Honolulu is paid for by MR. BISHOP. He furnished it with items from  Keöua Hale.  MISS IDA MAE POPE,
a teacher from Ohio at Kawaiaha’o Seminary, is the first principal. She devotes her life to her Girls.


1895 April   Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association elects its first officers.


Royalist Robert Wilcox leads an armed insurrection, but fails to restore the monarchy.


Act 57, Section 30 of the 1896 Laws of the Republic of Hawai’i states:  The English Language shall be the medium and basis of instruction in all public and private schools...

1897 June   Kamehameha School for Girls graduates its first class. (L to R Top to Bottom:)      Kalei Ewaliko, Aoe WongKong, Elizabeth Kamau, Hattie Kekolohe, Lydia Aholo, Elizabeth Keli’inoi, Keluia Liu, Jessie Mahoahoa, Julia Lovell,  Helen Kalola, Miriam Hale, Lewa Iokia, Elizabeth Kahanu, Julia Akana, Malie Kapali
1897 December 19   Bishop Memorial Chapel is dedicated in memory of BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP.  The carved basalt stone exterior with stained glass windows was designed by architect C.W. DICKEY and financed by CHARLES REED BISHOP in memory of his wife. (It is the site of the present Farrington High  School auditorium.)

Periodic  publications  of the Schools are as follows:

    Handicraft, January 1889 to June 1913

    Blue & White, November 2, 1901-1908

    The Cadet, 1924 to June 4, 1930

    Ka Moi, September 20, 1930 to the present. 

            Changed to Ka Moʻi in  the 2000ʻs.

Polynesians                     Preparatory and Girls        1925-1939          1960ʻs             1990ʻs            2005-06         2011-12

Kingdom of Hawaiʻi         A U.S. territory                    1940ʻs                1970ʻs              2000-02         2007-08        2013-14

Founding and Boys          1910-1924                          1950ʻs                1980ʻs              2003-04        2009-10         2015-16