Like the honorable Charles Reed Bishop did as executor of his beloved wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s estate, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 shares that we must make it our kuleana to care for all that ke Akua has created, so that future generations may benefit from the same blessings as we did.
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.
ʻO ka mea ua hāʻawi ʻia iā ia ka mea nui, iā ia hoʻi e kiʻi hou ʻia mai ai ka mea nui; a i nui ka mea i waiho ʻia i ke kanaka, he nui nō hoʻi ka mea e noi hou ʻia mai iā ia.
– Luka 12:48b
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask even more.
– Luke 12:48b
He manaʻo o ke kahu
You have heard it said from small kid time, “pick up your toys, put away your clothes, make sure you take care of your things.” Mākua always want their keiki to take care of their belongings, to learn about kuleana. As you get older, the price of your belongings rises and the hope is that as ‘ōpio, you would continue to rise up to the task of keeping things in good order. As adults, things grow exponentially. You not only have to care for things, but now you have an ‘ohana to mālama, to provide for their well-being, safety, and future. Though daunting, it is easy as you have deep aloha for your family. Love will give you the ability to know what you need to do and the strength to do it. To whom much is given, much will be demanded.
Charles Reed Bishop had an immense task as the executor of his beloved wife’s will. Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop was the last heir of Kamehameha ‘Ekahi and used her immense wealth to provide for the future of her people through education. Because of Mr. Bishop’s deep love for his wife, he knew he had to carry out his wife’s wishes fully. The Kamehameha School for Boys opened in 1887; with the girls’ school opening in 1894. To provide opportunities for younger haumāna, Mr. Bishop used his own funds to start the preparatory school, serving grades K–6 in 1888. As Pauahi’s beloved, he knew her heart and made her desires his as well. To whom much is given, much will be demanded.
We may not have the kuleana to serve as executors of a huge estate so her or his legacy may live long into the future, but we do have the responsibility to mālama the world around us. As ke Akua’s beloved, we need to care of his creation, for all that is around us, so that it may be around for future generations. To know what to do, we need to truly love ke Akua so we may know his heart and act on his behalf. As he has given everything to us so we might have life, let us be sure to give life to all that we have been given. In doing so, we will be carrying out the will of ke Akua, acting faithfully on his behalf. To whom much is given, much will be demanded.
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