The holiday season is all about coming together and reconnecting with our family and friends. It is about strengthening that bond as ‘ohana.
Over the past few months, I spent time reconnecting with many of you, our Kamehameha ‘ohana. These gatherings have included a wide spectrum of constituents including students, alumni, staff, faculty and our donors. I am truly appreciative of the support that you’ve shown and I am inspired by your commitment to making a difference in our Hawaiian community.
Our Launa ‘Ike program is a good example of the diversity and strength of our ‘ohana. In early November, over 70 alumni took time from their busy schedules to return to the Kapālama campus to give back in ‘ike, or knowledge, to our haumāna. This mentorship program is in its fourth year now, and as the number of alumni participants increase, so does the amount of students benefitting from it.
Speaking of haumāna, I recently visited our Hawai‘i campus to speak to over 400 students about giving. This campus has been at the forefront of student philanthropy. To date, their student-driven Pennies for Pauahi and Ambassadors of Pauahi programs have raised over $15,000 for our mission. In fact, students from the campus will be holding a 4-on-4 grass volleyball tournament on Dec. 19th with proceeds from the tournament going towards scholarships at the Foundation. It’s encouraging to see our future leaders engaging in the process of giving at such a young age.
A key component of the Kamehameha ‘ohana has always been our faculty and staff. Each day they dedicate their time and knowledge to ensure our Hawaiian learners have an opportunity to excel in education and in life. This past October many of our staff went beyond their daily responsibilities by donating over $50,000 to the Foundation through Kamehameha Schools’ Workplace Giving campaign. So far, faculty and staff have generated over $71,000 in gifts for this fiscal year.
Of course, there is still much to do, but these examples epitomize how much we can accomplish when we come together as one.
Thank you again for your kōkua, and I wish you a good start to the holiday season!
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Interim Executive Director