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KS Kaua‘i Region team member Erin Cobb-Adams (KSK ’99, left) embraces distinguished honoree Aletha Kaohi (KSK ‘48) as she is introduced at Keiki to Kūpuna.

Cherished kūpuna honored on Kaua‘i

Jun. 1, 2017

Nearly 200 Kamehameha Schools alumni and community members turned out on a busy Friday evening for the first-ever Keiki to Kūpuna gathering at the picturesque Koloa Landing Resort at Po‘ipū.

At the KS-sponsored event held on May 19, three cherished Kaua‘i kūpuna and KS alumni were honored: former State Representative Ezra Kanoho (KSK’45); historian Aletha Kaohi (KSK’48) and civic leader Thelma Black (KSK’48).

In addition to enjoying the company of those within the Kaua‘i community, as well as alumni and attendees from across the state, partygoers enjoyed heavy pūpū and performances by Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning singer Del Beazley & Friends, and award-winning composer and kumu hula, Manu Boyd, who also serves as a cultural consultant at KS.

“It was a pleasure to partner with Koloa Landing Resort to present our first Kauaʻi community event, and to honor our cherished alumni who have given so much to our community,” said KS Kauaʻi Regional Director Coty “Buffy” Ofisa. “The lessons learned by and values of our kūpuna (elders) shape the future of our kamaliʻi (children) and ensure our Hawaiian culture will thrive. It is with that belief that we embrace the community to come and enjoy this special evening.”

“The values of both Koloa Landing Resort and Kamehameha Schools are interwoven as hospitable stewards of the ʻāina,” said the resort’s General Manager Ike Cockett (KSKʻ84).


SP2020 is a five-year strategic plan that will guide Kamehameha Schools from 2015 to 2020. The plan marks a starting point toward KS’ Vision 2040, which envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners.

Kamehameha educators across the state support Goal 2 of SP2020 which calls for KS to contribute to communities’ collective efforts to improve our education systems for the betterment of the lāhui and Actions 3 and 4 of Kamehameha’s Ten Actions for fiscal year 2017, which call for KS to establish nine regions across the state and leverage community partnerships.

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