On Sept. 21, 2015, the Kamehameha Schools staff enjoyed food and entertainment at the Pauahi Foundation’s first-ever open house. Held at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza’s Kaiona Room, the event was an opportunity for staff to meet the Foundation’s new interim executive director, Pono Ma‘a KSK’82, and learn more about the Foundation and how staff can join in on making a difference for our lāhui.
“The Foundation has gone through some changes over the past year including the addition of new staff and programs,” said Ma‘a, who accepted the leadership position this past July. “The open house was an opportunity to get reacquainted with our Kamehameha ‘ohana and let them know that we are still here doing great things for the Hawaiian community.”
Ma‘a joins the Pauahi Foundation in a time of many positives to build on. The nonprofit closed out the 2014-15 fiscal year with over $1.2 million in donations—an increase of 62 percent from prior year. In total, the Foundation awarded more than $479,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 recipients for the fiscal year.
Two of those recipients, Melinda Lloyd and Kanekoa Crabbe KSK’96, were in attendance at the open house to meet and mahalo staff donors. Lloyd, who is a single mother pursuing an MBA, was awarded the Foundation’s Goldman Sachs Scholarship and Matsuo Takabuki Commemorative Scholarship. Crabbe was awarded the Foundation’s Makaloa Scholarship and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Communication Information Science.
The open house also featured Paka Ua Community Partner and first place winner of the 2014 Mahi‘ai Match-Up agricultural business plan contest, Holoholo General Store. Holoholo is a mobile market that offers fresh produce and specialty items from local farms and artisans. As a Paka Ua Community Partner with the Foundation, Holoholo is offering KS staff an opportunity to order farm-fresh goods that are delivered to Kawaiaha‘o Plaza or the Kapālama Campus through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In addition, Holoholo has committed 10% from all orders to go to a new scholarship fund created at the Foundation—the Holoholo Agricultural Scholarship fund.
Entertainment for the event was provided by the 2015 scholarship recipient Jonah Solatorio KSK’10, accompanied by Elijah Isaac KSK’06 and Lokelani Fergestrom.
“Mahalo to those that joined us at our open house and for all the support throughout the years,” said Ma‘a.
For more information on how you can make an impact, please visit www.pauahi.org/giving/.