On Nov. 4, 1887, opening ceremonies for the Kamehameha School for Boys took place on the campus in Kaiwi‘ula, the present-day location of the Bishop Museum. 40 boys were joined by their king, Kalākaua, his sister Lili‘uokalani, and other members of the ruling family. Their presence certainly spoke to how truly momentous an occasion the opening of Kamehameha Schools was for the Hawaiian people and all who lived in Hawai‘i. At the ceremony, Kalākaua encouraged the students to value both the work of the hands and the intelligence which comes from doing any work well, sentiments our founder Ke Ali‘i Pauahi would surely have echoed.
Founder's Day 2011 marks the beginning of the 125th anniversary of Kamehameha Schools. This year, we celebrate 125 years of Ke Ali‘i Pauahi's legacy and our mission of enhancing the capability and well-being of Native Hawaiians through education. We know that through our mission, we are creating a future that is vibrant and thriving for our people. The theme of the celebration year, “Ho‘ōla Lāhui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Āina – Vibrant People, Thriving Lands,” reflects Pauahi's enduring legacy.
This theme encompasses all that we are as Kamehameha Schools and all that we aspire to be in our collective future. It reflects our rich heritage of excellence, the resilience of a people to negotiate change through various historical time periods and the vision of a vibrant, thriving future for Native Hawaiians and all who call Hawai‘i home.