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KS in the news: March 2024 edition

March 7, 2024

Our extended KS ʻohana continues to perpetuate ʻōiwi leadership and excellence in their everyday lives. From our accomplished haumāna and kumu to our esteemed community partners, they are proving to be successful in their chosen industries.

Find out more in the latest "KS in the news" roundup:

Five MIL wrestlers capture state gold (Maui Times)

  • KS Maui’s Mikah Labuanan won his third straight state crown when he beat Bransen Porter of Waiʻanae in the 144-pound weight class.

Kamehameha Maui girls basketball player named national finalist for Naismith Courage Award (Maui Now)

  • Kealoha Baricuatro, a senior at KS Maui who lost her father to COVID-19 and then her home to wildfires, has been named one of 10 national finalists for Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Courage Award in 2024.

Young Hawaiian musician with talent beyond his years hopes to honor his kūpuna (Hawaiʻi Public Radio)

  • KS Kapālama haumāna Kamahaʻo Haumea-Thronas shared why it’s important to carry on the legacy of his kūpuna through mele Hawaiʻi on HPR’s The Conversation.

Kamehameha Maui students help pay tribute to Lahaina (Maui Times)

  • KS Maui’s Hawaiian Ensemble recorded “Yonder Lahaina Mountains,” a song about the beauty and aloha of Lahaina.

Remembering Kekuni Blaisdell For His Aloha To Others (Honolulu Civil Beat)

  • Renowned alumnus Kekuni Blaisdell KSK’42 is recognized for advocating for Native Hawaiian health needs and supporting independence in this op-ed.

KS alum hosts HGTV's new Hawaii-based house-flipping series (Yahoo!)

  • Kamohai Kalama KSK’99 will host “Renovation Aloha” with his wife, Tristyn, as they find and flip homes on Oʻahu.

KS Maui grad wins student top prize in public health journal (University of Hawaiʻi News)

  • Sai Furukawa KSM’13 was awarded for his story in Leaders Igniting Generational Healing and Transformation about reimagining healing through traditional practices.

Soccer star Caprice Dydasco KSK'11 joins Bay Football Club (Midweek)

  • The professional soccer player is kicking off the 2024 season with Bay FC, the latest team to join the National Women’s Soccer League.

Kapālama kumu celebrated for earning national certification (KHON2)

  • Kai Morrell was one of 20 Hawaiʻi teachers who were celebrated by the Department of Education for earning their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.

Former KS kumu awarded 2024 Hoʻokahiko Award (KITV4)

  • Richard “Sonny” Tanabe was honored for his many contributions to the community through the advancement of water sports and safety in Hawaiʻi and around the world.

Kaiāulu partner launches kanaka culinary arts diploma (Ka Wai Ola)

  • EA Ecoversity is preparing to launch Kanaka Culinary Arts, a tuition-free training program preparing young Hawaiians for a career in culinary arts, with an emphasis on cooking traditional and modern Hawaiian foods.

Ola Ka ʻĪ event celebrates Hawaiian Language Month on Maui (Maui Now)

  • Led by KS Kaiāulu and Kanaeokana, this celebration of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi brought together Hawaiian language medium education students, teachers, ʻohana and more than 30 community partners.

Kaua‘i-Niʻihau community celebrates Hawaiian Language Month (University of Hawaiʻi News)

  • Ola Ka ʻĪ Kauaʻi me Niʻihau showcased ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi through music, hula, storytelling, games, student performances and a Hawaiian language speech competition.

Money For Fire Victims, Housing For Survivors Are Hawaii Governor’s Priorities (Honolulu Civil Beat)

  • The purpose of the One Ohana Maui Recovery Fund is to expedite recovery for victims by letting them apply for $1.5 million payments in exchange for settling wrongful death claims.

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