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.
He nui nō ʻo Iēhova, a ua pono ke halelū
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be
He manaʻo o ke kahu
It all starts at home, the values or the standards and principles of living good moral life begins where we grow up.
Nā waiwai (values) were shared with me and my siblings by our parents. My mother and father taught us good morals by living them out each day. They built close relationships with people with aloha and integrity. When they made a promise they kept it. When they said no, they meant it.
These lessons in ethics were meant for our success so we too would develop lasting relationships by pursuing goodness and being honest. My parents learned from their parents, who learned from their parents – and that legacy of passing on those virtues of grace and truth, and our family’s core beliefs became my kuleana to pass on.
When I married my wife, Kumu Hālani, it became our kuleana to pass this ʻike kūpuna on to our children, and our children’s children. I know that this process resonates with all of us because this is how we extend our legacy of truth.
Although my wife and I firmly believe that a strong core belief system begins and is nurtured within the home, we understand that the teaching of values, and beliefs does not end at home. As parents of four children, two of whom are teenagers attending Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, we needed to know that their high school education supported our beliefs.
Blessedly, two of the fundamental provisions of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi are for her students to be good and industrious. Thus, nā alakaʻi, nā kumu, and nā lima hana at Kamehameha Schools are all committed to passing on those same core character traits that will enable our haumāna to become noble Hawaiians who are pono and paʻa hana.
Kamehameha Schools is grounded in the Christian and Hawaiian values embraced by Ke Ali‘i Pauahi. These core values are aloha (to have compassion and empathy); ‘imi na‘auao (to seek wisdom); mālama (to care for and protect); ‘ike pono (to know and do what is right); kuleana (to take responsibility); ho‘omau (to preserve and perpetuate); and ha‘aha‘a (to be humble).
Our princess had great faith in God, she followed God’s words of truth and life, and she knew that a rigorous, faith-oriented and culturally-based educational pathway was the answer to the restoration, the rejuvenation and ultimate transformation of her lāhui – a lāhui whose numbers during her time were quickly declining.
Fast forward more than a hundred years, we are now a flourishing people who continue to adapt while we discover what it means to be good and industrious. Ke Aliʻi Pauahi passed on her knowledge of God so that we would continue to learn and grow in our faith, our hope and love for God and others. E ka ʻohana o Kamehameha, we are called to pass on Pauahi’s legacy of aloha for God and for each other from generation to generation. I mua Kamehameha e.
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