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Founder’s Day across the pae ‘āina

December 22, 2020

Each year, the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana honors the memory and legacy of Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop with song, praise and dance at Founder’s Day celebrations throughout the state. This year, KS staff members, students and alumni orchestrated a virtual celebration that can be viewed at Here is a glimpse at some of the other celebrations that were held across the pae ‘āina in honor of our beloved founder.

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS HAWAI‘I: Ka Papa Lonomakaihe – KS Hawai‘i seniors – gathered on campus to safely offer ho‘okupu in honor of our beloved founder Ke Ali‘i Pauahi.

In memory of Pauahi, each senior presented a red rose, said to have been the princess' favorite flower.

Following the ceremony, the classmates watched the KS virtual Founder’s Day ceremony in the company of one another.

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS MAUI: Ka Papa ʻIliahi – KS Maui seniors – celebrated their final Founder’s Day together while observing campus safety protocols.

Haumāna gave praise to Ke Akua for Ke Aliʻi Pauahiʻs legacy, which has touched their lives in so many ways.

They then watched the tri-campus virtual program together.

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOL KAPĀLAMA: KS Kapālama celebrated its 133rd annual Founder’s Day with its own virtual program at

KS Kapālama seniors celebrated their last Founder’s Day together at a Founder’s Day Service and Tea. For many, it was the first time being on campus and seeing their friends in person since March.

Haumāna shared their sentiments about Pauahi and her legacy on notes tied to fragrant flowers.

The Kamehameha Schools Kauaʻi Region team held its annual Founder’s Day celebration social distance style, inviting haumāna and ʻohana to honor Ke Aliʻi Pauahi with hoʻokupu (honored gifts) at the region’s community hale.

Families visited over three days with safety guidelines and protocols in place.

In addition to ho‘okupu, attendees also had the opportunity to share their gratitude for Pauahi and her legacy on paper roses surrounding the sentiment, “FOREVER INDEBTED TO HER.”


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