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Kamehameha Schools Founder’s Day services

The Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana will honor the memory and legacy of Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop at the following Founder’s Day celebrations statewide. This year marks the 190th anniversary of the birth of Princess Pauahi. Let us celebrate her life and recognize the profound impact she has had on generations of Native Hawaiians.

KS Hawai‘i

Friday, Dec. 17
KS YouTube Premiere at 9 a.m.

KS Kapālama

Friday, Dec. 17
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. HST

View the livestreamed event

KS Maui

Friday, Dec. 17
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. HST

View the livestreamed event

Kamehameha Scholars

Sunday, Dec. 19
KS YouTube premiere at 10 a.m.


The signing of Pauahi’s will set into motion an extraordinary legacy of learning that would empower Native Hawaiians to strengthen their identity, lead Hawai‘i into a vibrant and thriving future, and help to restore the earth and advance humankind. With our keiki as catalysts of change, this is their story about their tomorrow.


Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was a woman of intelligence, compassion and foresight who understood that her kuleana as a Hawaiian ali‘i was to serve her people.

When Pauahi was born, the Native Hawaiian population numbered about 124,000. When she wrote her will in 1883, only 44,000 Hawaiians remained. Pauahi witnessed the rapid decline of the Hawaiian population. With that decline came a loss of Hawaiian language, culture and traditions. She believed education would offer her people hope and a future, so she left her estate — about nine percent of the total acreage of the Hawaiian kingdom — to found Kamehameha Schools.

Pauahi’s endowment supports Kamehameha Schools, which has grown into a statewide educational system serving thousands of learners annually at 29 preschool sites; K-12 campuses on Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu; and through a broad range of community outreach programs.

Learn more about Pauahi.

 

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100