KS Kapālama High School students were among more than 500 haumāna who gathered at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol on opening day of the legislative session to support Kuʻi 2016, an annual event focused on culture, community and kalo-pounding. Event participants pounded over 1,000 pounds of kalo!
The high schoolers had the opportunity to meet their representatives and hear speeches from Educator of the ʻĀina Award winners Bonnie Kahapeʻa Tanner and Imai Winchester.
English kumu Alohi Aeʻa, who leads the event said, “I bring students here because even if we choose to live in the reality that we are not a state, our students need to be confident in advocating for themselves and the Lāhui and being involved in the political processes that take place here.”
KS photographer Michael Young was on hand to capture the highlights of the event.