Annually, our Kula Waena and Kula Haʻahaʻa celebrate the memory and contributions of Charles Reed Bishop on or near his birthdate of January 25.
On Friday, January 24, Kula Waena and Kula Haʻahaʻa held their annual Charles Reed Bishop Convocation, celebrating the life and contributions of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi’s beloved husband and partner.
The love and trust they shared is responsible for how Kamehameha Schoools came to be. His commitment to seeing his beloved wife’s vision realized is why we exist as an institution and work in perpetuity towards that mission of a thriving and vibrant lāhui through education.
So each year, we take a moment to say thanks, through mele and special manaʻo, to remind everyone of the power of love and what can be accomplished through that love, and to appreciate what we have been given and the kuleana we carry to be like Charles Reed Bishop, and work to make our beloved Princess’ vision alive and well today and forever more. Mahalo Mr. Bishop!
This year's celebration also celebrated to contributions of Keʻelikōlani and the special relationship with Pauahi and support from Charles Reed Bishop in seeing her estate transfer to Ke Aliʻi Pauahi which made the vision for Kamehameha Schools possible.
Charles Reed Bishop was born on January 25, 1822 in Glens Falls, New York. After the passing of his beloved Pauahi in 1884, Bishop, as one of five trustees of her estate, set in motion the establishment of Kamehameha Schools. Because Pauahi’s estate was land rich, but cash poor, he contributed his own funds for the construction of the schools' first buildings on the open plains of Kaiwiʻula in Kapālama. Learn more in the related stories link below.