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EAST HAWAI’I COMMUNITY FOUNDER’S DAY – Student speakers from different Kūamahi programs – including Exploration Series, Kamehameha Scholars, Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi, and Kāpili ʻOihana – read scripture and shared personal stories of gratitude at the East Hawaiʻi Community Founder’s Day. Above are: Hāweoʻula Mākaʻimoku, Kinileilehua Wilson , Kainalu Lewis. Noeʻula McKeague, Mālama Kauahi , Melakai Keohuloa , Vicky Pailate , Catherina, Kauʻilani Amantiad, and Hinano Kaʻawaloa.

KS 'ohana celebrates Founderʻs Day across the pae 'āina

Dec. 21, 2018

Contributed by Nadine Lagaso

Kamehameha Schools families, staff and faculty from Kaumakani to Keaʻau and hundreds of community members honored Ke Aliʻi Pauahi at various Founder’s Day celebrations this past week.

For the first time ever, the campus Founder’s Day ceremonies were live streamed so those connected to KS around the world could watch via their computers and mobile devices. KS regional offices, community programs and KS alumni groups also celebrated with special events.

While KS does not have a campus in the region, its Kaua‘i Community Hale in downtown Līhu‘e, with its Mobile Outreach Unit provides services and educational opportunities on island. The Kaua‘i ceremony was held a day after Pauahi’s birthday to allow the 160-plus students from the Garden Isle who attend Kamehameha Schools Kapālama to celebrate with their ‘ohana after returning home for winter break.

“I’m so happy that we’ve been able to recognize Pauahi’s legacy as it shines here on Kaua‘i in so many ways,” said KS Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Regional Director Buffy Ofisa. “This is an opportunity for our KS Kauaʻi boarder ʻohana and community to celebrate and honor Pauahi’s legacy alongside their keiki.”

Mahalo nui to the live stream production staff in KS’ Information Technology Division, and at KS Maui, KS Kapālama, KS Hawaiʻi for bringing the celebration of our beloved founder, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, to those who could not honor and celebrate her in person, but who feel deeply connected to KS.

See more photos in our Founder’s Day photo gallery.

Kamehameha Schools preschool students perform to start the Kauaʻi Founder’s Day event.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & RESOURCES – KEALAKŪLIA DEPARTMENT: Senior Design Specialist Tatiana Fox and Manager Erika Cravalho-Meyers – both part of Instructional Development and Support Unit – receive hoʻokupu from community education students during the Community Engagement and Resources Kūamahi Division Kealakūlia Department’s Founder’s Day Celebration at KS Kapālama’s Kalama Dining Hall.

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