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History of Mid-Pacific

Vision and innovation is built into the fabric of Mid-Pacific. From the very beginning, we led the way as innovators.

Mid-Pacific Institute was born in 1908 from the coming together of the Kawaiaha‘o Seminary for Hawaiian girls, Mills Institute for Chinese Boys, The Okumura Japanese Boarding School, and the Korean Methodist School for Boys and Girls. From its inception by Francis Damon and Mary Happer Damon, Mid-Pacific was founded on the ideals of a global worldview, and the belief that people of diverse backgrounds and cultures should come together to be a powerful voice for understanding. A birthplace for inspiring ideas that impact local and international communities.

Mid-Pacific Founder and President

We saw community where others saw division. We saw promise and courage in the hearts of the people of Hawaiʻi.

It is with courage and purpose that we educate today’s minds for the world of the future. A world forever changed by advanced technologies and a renewed emphasis on social-emotional understanding in the development of enlightened beings. Our founding beliefs, grounded in a solid history of community, diversity and hope, inspire us to strive and aspire for this generation and for generations to come.

Mid-Pacific Digital Archives

Discover Mid-Pacific’s unique history through our Digital Archives! Digitized archival items shared on this site provide community access to our rich stories and preserve our school’s vibrant history—and history-in-the-making—for future generations.

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