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KS Kapālama Middle School students wait as KS Development Director Cathy Camp spins the wheel of endowment questions. Each student who answered a question won a cool prize. The activity was part of the Endowment team's participation in the middle school College and Career Fair.

Endowment team joins pros and college reps at middle school career fair

Jan. 15, 2015

Contributed by Mae Nishimura

More than 640 Kapālama middle schoolers learned what it takes to land their dream jobs at the campus’ biannual College and Career Fair.

The Kamehameha Schools Endowment team joined chemical engineers, cops and other professionals in sharing career information. Reps from the University of Hawaiʻi and other post-high institutions were also on hand to help students map out a path to their future.

Ten members of Kamehameha’s Endowment team shared their manaʻo on how to achieve college career readiness in the 21st century, and the role the endowment plays in the funding of school programs.

KS’ Natural and Cultural Resource Management team acquainted students with renewable energy, as well as KS’ stewardship of agricultural, natural and cultural resources across the state.

“The fair is a great opportunity to interact with students and share with them the different types of careers at KS,” said Sean McNamara, KS Cultural Resources Planner Analyst. “It introduces the kids to the many facets of how KS manages its lands,” said McNamara.

Commercial Real Estate staffers shared interesting facts about the financial market and how various factors impact investments, the value and purpose of the endowment, and what commercial properties KS owns and manages.

“KS representation at the fair is important,” said Gail Vannatta, middle school student activities coordinator. “Most students and parents are not aware of the important role that the endowment plays in the education of their keiki.” 

“Their displays helped students gain a better understanding of the endowment portfolio.  They passed out $10,000.00 Pauahi bills which were a good visual reminder of the how much each child benefits from Pauahi’s legacy.” 

Students who visited the Endowment tent also had an opportunity to spin a prize wheel and win fun prizes like KS tote bags, tumblers, water bottles, pens, healthy snacks and much more.     

Mahalo to the following team members who shared their time with the middle school haumāna.

Constanza Asfura-Heim – Senior Real Estate Analyst
Cathy Camp – Area Development Director 
Amy Chen – Senior Investment Analyst
Lee Cranmer – Senior Development Manager
Sharon Gi – Development Manager
Paul Kay – Area Development Director
Mahealani Matsuzaki – Land Legacy Education Specialist
Jeffrey Mau – Senior Asset Manager
Sean McNamara – Cultural Resources Planner Analyst
Chase Simmons – Commercial Real Estate Administrative Coordinator

The fair is a kākou effort, and Vannatta is grateful for the kōkua of KS parent volunteer Lori Lopes who helped organize and secure participants and to the many parents who took time off from work to volunteer and to make presentations at the event.

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Photos by Chase Simmons, KS Commercial Real Estate administrative coordinator.

KS representation at the fair is important. Most students and parents are not aware of the important role that the endowment plays in the education of their keiki.
Gail Vannatta, KSK Middle School Student Activities Coordinator

More than 640 Kapālama middle schoolers learned what it takes to land their dream jobs at the fair.

Cultural Resources Planner Analyst Sean McNamara teaches students the benefits of solar technology.

Land Legacy Education Specialist Mahealani Matsuzaki and Senior Investment Analyst Amy Chen teach students about KS’ endowment.

A student is intrigued with the solar powered crickets at the endowment display.


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