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Nā Leo o ka Manaʻolana – Voices of Hope! is a new series to bring inspiration and positivity to our lāhui in this time of great challenge. The voices of our student leaders rise to meet the challenge and lift their peers.

Nā Leo o ka Mana'olana — Voices of Hope! Class Presidents Messages

March 30, 2020

Contributed by Kula Kiʻekiʻe

Kumu Lehua called upon class presidents to share messages of hope and inspiration with their peers, and as expected, our student leaders stepped up in big ways. Here are the messages from the class presidents that have been sent tor their peers. 

Hīhīmanu A Kāne Class of 2020 president Salesi Haunga

Many of you remain concerned about when we will return and the many activities you are looking forward to during the last few months ahead of our senior year. A definitive date cannot be provided at this time. However, find comfort in knowing that the safety of you, the faculty, and the staff remains a top priority. KS Administration continues to receive updates on the status of COVID-19 and will provide us with updates when necessary.

As we enter the first week of Distance Learning, we must learn to adjust. We must adapt to the changes in our schedule, work regimen, and concentration. Although we may be conducting our studies outside our standard classroom settings, we must remain equally engaged and focused. Distractions at home can challenge your studies; find a way to limit your distractions and maximize your learning.

In the words of our Princess, “Times will come...”. Times will come when you are challenged with uncertainty and are faced with difficulty. Use this time as a learning experience for your future to come in college, university, the Army, or whatever your post-high plans may be.

Charge your mana and focus on enjoying the last few months we have as seniors of Kamehameha Schools. Reminisce your highs and your lows and find gratitude in the many learning experiences you have endured throughout completing almost four years of high school. In the words found in James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I am here for each and every one of you. Should you need any assistance or simply just someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to contact me, Kumu Pōmaikaʻi, and or any of your Senior Officers.

Lonomakaihe Class of 2021 president Tylee Calicadan

As we enter this first week of distance learning, remember to be open and adapt to these changes. Distractions of being at home can challenge your learning, but it is important that you remain focused and engaged.

I know there are concerns when we will be returning back, however a definitive date cannot be provided. The safety of the students, faculty, and staff is the top priority during this time. KS Administration continues receive updates on the status of COVID-19 and will provide us with updates when necessary.

With having one quarter left of our junior year, continue to finish strong and look forward to our last year as SENIORS!! I am here for anyone who needs it, simply with any questions or just need someone to talk to, donʻt hesitate to contact me or any of the Junior Officers.

Kiaʻi a Huliāmahi Class of 2022 president Lehia Coloma

I know that this virtual learning is very difficult for everyone to adjust to. But please know that every single one of you is not alone.

We are all trying to navigate with the pursuit of education during this time. I ask that you all cooperate and fully engage with this technology-based learning that is being tested. I suggest using this time at home to be productive, keep a positive mindset and stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle and focus on keeping up with our education. Here and there we are going to struggle with this new strategy because we don't have a teacher or adult right by our sides to help us navigate virtually, but this new process will force us to adjust and to be held more responsible as individuals of Kamehameha Schools. Think of it as if we are all on one waʻa. We need to all focus as one and put all minds and purposes on board to make this process successful.

As Kiaʻiahuliāmahi, we must guard over one another and trust that we are committed as one throughout this process because we struggle as one and we succeed as one. I leave you with this quote,
"Look forward, not behind. Your best days are still out in front of you. Be focused and keep your dreams alive." - Adedayo Olabamiji


Freshman Class of 2023 president Apoleihikiula Carvalho

I know that this distance learning is different for everyone. A lot of you may enjoy this and some of you may be struggling like I am to keep up with all these emails and assignments. I know a struggle that a lot of us have is staying focused in class because there are so many distractions at home which makes learning harder.  Please, I want you guys to know that you guys are not alone through all of this and we are all getting to know this new system together. I ask that you guys be patient with the teachers and technology and please follow the rules for zoom. Keep communicating with your teachers if you are having difficulties. Iʻm going to keep this short so, keep up the good work, I love and miss you guys. "When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars" - Oscar Wilde ♡

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