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Kauikeaouli believed in literacy and education among the Hawaiian people, so much so that he established a school system that integrated Hawaiian language and culture into Western education. The schools were so successful that at the end of his 30-year reign in 1854, Hawai‘i was one of the most literate nations in the world.

Virtual events to honor legacy of Kauikeaouli

Mar. 14, 2022

Kamehameha Schools celebrates the 21st Annual Tribute to Kamehameha III – A Birthday Celebration for Ka Lani Kauikeaouli – with a free virtual ʻaha mele on Saturday, March 19, from 5-8 p.m.

“Ka Lani Kauikeaouli was ahead of his time and many people do not know that he established Hawaiʻi’s Public School System,” KS Community Strategist Kaimana Barcarse said. “We celebrate his foresight that brought progress to the people of Hawaiʻi, with this free virtual event.”

The concert, which will be staged at the Outrigger Keauhou Resort, will allow ‘ohana and friends to gather in the comfort of their homes to enjoy the sight and sounds from Moku o Keawe. KAPA radio personalities, “Jaz and Kaʻea,” will host the celebration spotlighting mele and hula performances by Keolanui featuring David Kaʻio, Nathan “Keola” Grace, Sean Park and Kevin Kealoha, Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani, Kealoha Reff and ‘Ohana, and headliner Joshua Baba Tavares and ʻOhana.

The celebration will highlight an organization that extols the virtues that Kauikeaouli lived and loved – kaiāulu a me ho‘ona‘auao – community and education. This year, KS is proud to support the efforts of Hawaiian immersion school Pūnana Leo o Kona (PLK). A panel discussion with current and former PLK kahu, kumu and mākua – Akelina Tibayan, Tehani Lau, Jesse Kekoa Kahoʻonei, Kahoʻokahi Kanuha and ʻohana, and Mahina Paishon Duarte in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi will be moderated by Kaimana Barcarse on Friday, March 18 from 5-7:30 p.m.

The concert and panel discussion will stream live at www.ksbe.edu/kauikeaouli, and Nā Leo TV: Channel 53 (Spectrum).



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