Aloha mai kākou,
Every year on December 19th we come together to honor Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop for all that she has done, and continues to do, for the Hawaiian community.
Through extraordinary foresight and genuine love for her people, Ke Aliʻi Pauahi founded a legacy that has since helped many Native Hawaiians on their quest to improve their lives through education.
Personally, her generosity has affected my life in many ways.
First, as an alumnus, Pauahi provided the opportunity to expand my horizons in both education and athletics. The educational experience I received during my years at Kamehameha Schools set the foundation for who I am, and continues to guide me in my life endeavors.
Secondly, as a parent of a graduate and a current student, Ke Aliʻi Pauahi has not only provided the same educational opportunities to my children, but has allowed me to establish a special connection with them as nā pua o Pauahi. She has enabled my keiki and I to connect with our Hawaiian culture through the many cultural experiences provided through school. This cultural growth has given us a greater appreciation of who we are as a Lāhui Hawai‘i.
Lastly, as a staff member, I have the unique opportunity to make her vision a reality and to ensure that her legacy continues to thrive. Each day, I am reminded of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi’s impact through our dedicated campus staff, community outreach programs and statewide partnerships. At the same time, I see many of our people who we have yet to serve and I realize there is much more work to be done.
So, on this Founder’s Day, and whether you are an alumnus or alumna, student, parent, employee or someone who has been touched by Pauahi’s gift indirectly, I ask that you take a moment to remember our remarkable benefactor. And just as she has uplifted your life, think about ways you can do the same for someone else.
Happy Founder’s Day and I wish you all a joyous holiday season!
Me ka haʻahaʻa,