It’s been an exciting and busy first three months at the Pauahi Foundation! I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside our dedicated Foundation staff and met with many of our alumni, students, parents and other supporters across our pae ‘āina and on the continent.
In July, we celebrated the success of our second annual Alumni Reunion Challenge at Mission Social Hall & Café. The Alumni Reunion Challenge was created to encourage and increase alumni participation in annual giving. This year’s celebrating classes raised over $137,000 in donations. The Foundation matched those donations by an additional $27,000 for a grand total of $164,000 to go towards scholarships for Native Hawaiian students. Mahalo a nui loa to the celebrating classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010 for participating in the challenge and joining us to make a difference for our lāhui.
August and September provided opportunities to engage with alumni and supporters on the neighbor islands, Southern California and the Northwest. We were able to share information about Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Plan 2020, the Strategic Vision 2040 and provide an overview of our activities at the Foundation. One of my most memorable moments from these engagements involved the gathering of recent graduates from our tri-campus system (Hawai‘i, Kapālama and Maui) who currently attend Pacific University in Oregon. Our event provided a venue for these students to interact and exchange contact information with elder alumni for career advice, potential internship opportunities and for social and emotional support during their college experience. This was a tremendous reminder about the importance of coordinating events like these, and highlighted the incredible power and value of building and enhancing our alumni network! Visit us at www.pauahi.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to join us at future events near you.
As I reflect on the past three months, I’m truly humbled and inspired by the support we receive each day from generous donors that allow us to provide scholarships for Native Hawaiian learners. For those of you who have yet to join us, I invite you to do so. Together we can make a difference and I will continue to work hard to maintain your trust and confidence in the Pauahi Foundation.
Me ka haʻ‘aha‘a,
Pono Ma‘a KSK ‘82
Interim Executive Director