For Dr. David Mattson, a 1989 Kamehameha Schools graduate, the motivation to serve others is the result of the people and experiences that have shaped his life.
David said it started with Pauahi and the gift of education she provided him from his beginnings as a kindergartner at Kapālama and throughout the 13 life-changing years that followed. Looking back, he has a deep appreciation for the many fond memories, lasting friendships, and the great educational opportunity that paved the path for his future success in his career as a radiation oncologist.
David also credits his late grandfather, senator Daniel Akaka KSK’42, as a source of inspiration for the life he lived in selflessly serving not only the Hawaiian community, but all people – earning the nickname “Mr. Aloha.”
Through David’s nonprofit, Ohana100, he and his family are promoting literacy by donating free new and gently used books to kindergartners at charter and public schools throughout the state of Hawai‘i, as well as some schools in his state of residence, New York.
David said he gives with Pauahi because it gives him a sense of fulfilment knowing that he is helping keiki while honoring people like Pauahi and his grandfather who have helped shape the servant leader he is today.
To learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Give with Pauahi campaign page.