King Kamehameha III Elementary School’s 5.6 acre campus sits on an archeological site at the heart of the historical whaling town of Lahaina.
King Kamehameha III School serves students and families makai and mauka of the Honoapiilani Highway from Lahaina to Honokahau Valley. The students who attend King Kamehameha III School come primarily from families of tourist industry service employees. Many of these parents have more than one job, making it difficult to involve them in school activities and programs. The student population has leveled off over the past two years at approximately 700 students. Three portable classrooms were added to our campus during the 2007-2008 school year. They have provided much needed instructional space.
In 2003, King Kamehameha III School was one of the Hawaii Schools that received the Distinguished School Award. King Kamehameha III School has implemented various programs throughout the years. For five years King Kamehameha III Elementary School has participated in an after school tutoring program in reading for third and fifth graders with volunteer community tutors. A school-wide reading program was implemented to benefit all grades. King Kamehameha III School will continue to have an after school tutoring program for math for our fourth graders. The fourth grade students are tutored byLahainaluna High School students on their campus.
King Kamehameha III School continues to offer the Good Beginnings transition program during the summer for incoming kindergarteners. This program was implemented to give incoming kindergarteners a better academic foundation.
King Kamehameha III School is fortunate to have great community support from hotels and restaurants. The Hula Grill Restaurant recognizes school staff members for their outstanding efforts in education on a monthly basis. The Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club installed an irrigation system in front of the campus during Spring Break in 2009. King Kamehameha III School has extremely strong support from the local PTA. The PTA helps fund programs on campus and makes a special effort to recognize students and all staff members. We received the gift of a campus beautification project from the U.N.U.M. Insurance Company this spring. This included painting of buildings and fences, landscaping of grass, tropical plants and trees as well as the donation of a glass display case. This gave our campus some very recognizable “curb appeal”.
King Kamehameha III recently opened a time capsule from 1957 and replaced the time capsule with items from 2007. It is scheduled to be opened again in 2057.