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"The diploma that you receive tonight is actually more than a diploma. Rather think of it as a promise. A promise that you make tonight to those most responsible for the gift – Ke Aliʻi Pauahi, your ʻohana, your kumu, one another—that you, with all of your heart and soul, will pay it forward the gift of this Kamehameha education."In presenting the Class of 2018, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Poʻo Kula Kāhealani Naeʻole-Wong beautifully reminds the students of Kanaloa that as pua a Pauahi, they have a larger kuleana to their lāhui, to continue the good works of our Founder, Ke Aliʻi Pauahi, and work together to uplift our community as servant leaders.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Watch speeches from this yearʻs Commencement

June 13, 2018

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Graduation is always a special moment each year, as we celebrate and send off students with the loina Kamehameha, the traditions we hold dear.

For the 139 haumāna in Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Class of 2018, Kanaloa, it was no exception, though the occassion itself presented a number of exceptional moments.

Weʻve put together the individual speeches from this year’s ceremony that you can watch on this page, or on our KS Hawaiʻi Commencement 2018 playlist on YouTube.

See the following speeches:

You can also watch the full graduation ceremony that was broadcasted live on Lehua TV.

Keiki kahu Jameson Sato invocation at Commencement 2018

Keiki kahu Jameson Sato delivers the invocation to start the commencement ceremony for his class, Kanaloa, sharing the belief he has in the class of 2018 and gratitude for the many people who supported himself and his classmates along the way.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Taylor Sullivan Commencement 2018 welcome

Class president Taylor-James Sullivan welcomes ʻohana to the Commencement ceremony for the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Class of 2018 with a heartfelt message for all who have touched her life and the lives of her classmates, while also celebrating the many accomplishments of the unconquerable class of Kanaloa.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Sierra Gleason salutatory address at Commencement 2018

A beautiful speech by Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i class of 2018 salutatorian Sierra Gleason as she wishes her class, Kanaloa, a fond farewell and best wishes as they continue to grow upon their journey, with thanks and appreciation for the special place and people that allowed her to grow into the young woman she is.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Kailey Aiona valedictory address at Commencement 2018

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Class of 2018 Valedictorian Kailey Aiona delivers that powerful message in her address to her Kanaloa classmates, sharing her belief in all of them to face the changes that are to come with the same resiliency they've shown throughout their lives and while change can be scary, it's ultimately just another part of life.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Kumu Lehua Commencement Address 2018

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Kula Kiʻekiʻe Poʻo Kumu (Principal) Dr. Lehua Veincent provides the final commencement address to Kanaloa, the Class of 2018.See the full commencement on the Lehua TV YouTube channel:

Kanaloa, the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Class of 2018, sings our alma mater for the first time as graduates.

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