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KS Hawaiʻi Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77 recalls of the close and righteous relationship between Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop and her older cousin Ke Aliʻi Ruth Keʻelikōlani, whom we also remember during Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi as being a staunch advocate of our language, Hawaiian cultural beliefs and way of life.

Weekly devotional: Mahalo e Ke Aliʻi Keʻelikōlani

Feb. 10, 2023

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
E ʻoliʻoli ia Iēhova, a e hauʻoli, e ka poʻe pono: e hoʻōho no ka hauʻoli, e ka poʻe a pau I kūpono ka naʻau.
- Nā Halelū 32:11

Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you who are righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
- Psalm 32:11

He manaʻo o ke kahu
I came across a letter that our Princess Pauahi wrote to her older cousin Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani who at the time was convalescing in a traditional grass house that stood on the grounds of Huliheʻe Palace located in Kailua Kona. The letter is a precious communique depicting the kind of close and righteous relationship that both princesses shared. At the of her letter, Pauahi takes the time to let her beloved older sister know that her husband Pihopa sends his love to Ruth.

When my first wife LiAnne Kehaulani Moku passed on, I called upon a friend who was an attorney who drew up the paperwork for our Irrevocable Trust. I knew him because I had the honor and pleasure of teaching his four children who were brilliant scholar-athletes. My choice was simple, I trusted him to do exactly what I needed him to do. I knew he was a man who deeply loved his wife, and family, and I respected him as a person of high integrity and honor. So, when I asked him to write up our simple legal document that sets forth my wishes, it was done to keep our family legacy alive.

Princess Keʻelikolani passed on her significant land holdings Ke Aliʻi Pauahi via a will, which is a simple legal document that sets forth the wishes of one person to another for the distribution of real property and sometimes even the care of minors or children. Who did Princess Ruth choose to write up and execute her will? Pihopa or Charles Reed Bishop. Today, we have three campuses representing the Kamehameha Schools because of Princess Pauahi’s deep relationship of aloha with her older cousin Princess Ruth Keʻelikolani.

We mahalo Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani for her upright heart of aloha for our Princes Pauahi. We also thank Princess Ruth for trusting in our princess’s husband Pihopa who respected her generous gift by legally directing it to become an incredible testimony of love for our lāhui. The Kamehameha Schools stands proudly upon the foundation of aloha, pono, and paʻahana as it has provided educational opportunities for generations of Hawaiians past, and present, and will continue to provide for the generations to come.

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