December 20, 2019
Kamehameha Schools staffers, students, alumni and community members across the state honored the life and legacy of Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop with song, worship and dance at Founder’s Day celebrations statewide. Most of the events took place on December 19, Pauahi’s birthday. Kamehameha Schools was established in 1887 by the will of the princess to improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education.
KAWAIAHAʻO PLAZA – Hundreds of Kawaiahaʻo Plaza staffers celebrated Founder’s Day at Kawaiahaʻo Church where Princess Pauahi once worshiped. Above, Kealakūlia Director Kehaulani Puʻu, Community Engagement and Resources Sr. Director Kamuela Cobb Adams and Kealapono Director Nani Fujiwara present hoʻokupu (honored gifts) to mahalo Pauahi.
KS Communications Manager Andrea Oka, Digital Innovation Manager Andreas Arvman and Community and Government Relations Manager ʻOlu Campbell present their hoʻokupu adorned with red roses – said to be Pauahi’s favorite flower.
Janis Kane – who recently retired from KS as senior director of HR Planning, Compensation and Benefits – and Kealaiwikuamo‘o Solutions Engineer Wyatt Bartlett, each did a heluhelu Baibala (scripture reading).
Recent KS retiree Elizabeth Hokada – former chief investment officer of KS’ Financial Assets Division – shares hoʻomanaʻo (reflections) on her path to KS and how honored she feels to be among the those who have lifted up the lāhui through Pauahi’s legacy.
KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS KAPĀLAMA – The KS Kapālama ‘ohana celebrated its annual Founder’s Day at Kekūhaupi‘o Gym. Above, high school seniors and kindergarteners form a procession into the gym before the event – a Founder’s Day tradition.
Senior mea oli Ka‘ōnohikaumakaakeawe Lopes opens the ceremony with the chant, “He Mele No Pauahi,” composed by her father, R. Keawe Lopes Jr.
Senior song director Pili Fronda leads his class in singing “Pauahi Ke Ali‘i.”
Senior dancers Melia Salangdron and Jasmine Kuʻupua Chang of Nā Wāhine Hele Lā o Kaiona present their mo‘olelo “He Inoa No Pauahi” by Mary Kawena Pukui, accompanied by their Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva.
MAUNA ‘ALA – It is a Founder’s Day tradition for KS Kapālama seniors to honor Princess Pauahi at Mauna ‘Ala – her final resting place. The service includes more than 450 haumāna.
Senior song director Taisamasama Kaiminaauao-Eteuati leads his class in “Pauahi O Kalani” fronting the Kamehameha Tomb.
Pauahi Foundation Executive Director Pono Maʻa places a hoʻokupu of red roses upon Pauahi’s grave.
KS trustees Micah Kāne and Lance Wilhelm offer hoʻokupu and pay their respects to Pauahi.
KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS MAUI – Students, staff, faculty, alumni and honored guests gathered in Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gym to honor Ke Aliʻi Pauahi. Here Bronson Espania and CJ Hamasaki carry a portrait of Pauahi to the celebration.
KS Trustee Elliot Mills, Maui County Regional Director Venus Rosete-Medeiros, and Executive Vice President of Administration Darrel Hoke present hoʻokupu in honor of Pauahi.
KS Maui alumni from the classes of 2010 and 2019 gathered for a luncheon following the ceremony.
Food servers at the alumni luncheon included KS Maui Poʻo Kula Scott Parker and Christian Education kumu Kanani Franco.
KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS HAWAIʻI – The KS Hawaiʻi ‘ohana honored our beloved princess at their annual Founder’s Day celebration at Koaiʻa Gymnasium. Here, I Nā ‘Ōlapa a me nā Ho‘opa‘a o ke Kula Ki‘eki‘e perform “Aloha I Honolulu Ku‘u Pōhaku.”
Kula haʻahaʻa haumāna sing and dance to “Pauahi Nona Ka Lei.”
The KS Alumni Association East Hawaiʻi Alumni Choir sing “Pauahi ‘O Kalani” with kula kiʻekiʻe haumāna.
KS Trustee Crystal Rose (center) and Vice President of Communications Kevin Cockett (right) gather with KS Community Engagement and Resources Hawaiʻi island leaders including West Hawaiʻi Regional Director Kaimana Barcarse, Hawaiʻi island Asset Management Director Marissa Harman and East Hawaiʻi Regional Director Kilohana Hirano.
KEALAKŪLIA – The Kealakūlia team, which oversees KS community education programs, celebrated Founder’s Day with program students and their families at KS Kapālama’s Kalama Dining Hall. Above, attendees chant “Oli Aloha Haʻahaʻa Mākou” to begin the celebration.
KS Hawaiian Resource Coordinator Kilipaki Solatorio teaches the mele “Pauahi Nona Ka Lei” to parents and keiki during the event’s Mele a Pauahi workshop.
Kealakūlia Counselor Ashley Holck (standing) teaches families how to craft ti leaf rosettes to present as honored gifts to Ke Aliʻi Pauahi. The activity was inspired by the mele “He Wehi No Pauahi” composed by Kahikina de Silva and Chad Takatsugi – a KS Communications Strategy Sr. Consultant.
The hoʻokupu made by students and their families is presented in her honor to KS Enrichment Program Manager Eleile Rabago-Ulep and Kealakūlia Counselor Ashley Makahilahila.
KAUAʻI – KS Regional Director for Kauaʻi and Niʻihau Buffy Trugillo (center) and her team welcomed KS leaders to the community Founder's Day celebration at the Kauaʻi War Memorial Convention Hall. Present to honor Pauahi were: CEO Jack Wong; trustees Elliot Mills, Lance Wilhelm, Crystal Rose and Micah Kāne; and Pauahi Foundation Executive Director Pono Maʻa.
Kaua'i Mayor Derek Kawakami offers hoʻokupu to honor Pauahi.
Some of KS’ littlest learners honored Ke Ali'i Pauahi with mele.
ALUMNI – KS alumni from Oʻahu to Oregon gathered to celebrate and honor Pauahi. The KS Alumni Association East Hawai‘i Region Māmalahoe Chapter commemorated its Founder’s Day at the KS Hawai’i campus. Above, KS East Hawai‘i Support Services Manager Sharay Uemura and ‘Ike Hawai‘i Director Kahala Wery serve up stew and rice to community members attending the event.
Haumāna participating in KS community programs recited Bible passages in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and English during the event.
KSAA East Hawai‘i Region Māmalahoe Chapter President Roy Alameida gives closing remarks at the alumni-organized Founder’s Day event.