Aloha mai kākou,
In 1884, Ke Ali‘i Pauahi, through extraordinary foresight and genuine love for her people, founded a legacy that has since helped many Native Hawaiians in their pursuit of a better and enriching life through education.
Today, many have stepped forward to partner with the Pauahi Foundation in creating a legacy of giving of their own or in honor of a loved one. There are over 170 named endowment and scholarship funds at the Foundation. These funds ensure that a loved one’s legacy continues in perpetuity by providing future generations the opportunity to receive a post-high education.
It’s funds like the Blaise A. Kepo‘okelaokekai Baldonado Scholarship, which was recently created by Blaise’s mom, Felicia, to celebrate his life. Blaise, who was a 2005 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, had a passion for educating our young leaders and did so through his work at Chaminade University. He unexpectedly passed away in August 2015 at the age of 28. His legacy and passion for education will live on through his scholarship fund.
With the support and generosity of our donors, the Foundation awarded over $586,000 in scholarships to Native Hawaiian learners in 2016. That equates to over 200 haumāna who now have the opportunity to pursue a post-high education. (See our 2015-2016 Annual Report)
Of course, as the number of our beneficiaries grows, so does the realization that we can do more for our people.
The Foundation and Kamehameha Schools cannot do it alone. It is through funds like Blaise’s scholarship and many others that we can provide more opportunities for future generations of Native Hawaiian students.
If you are interested in creating a scholarship to honor or celebrate a loved one’s life, let us partner with you in making that a reality. Together, we can change lives in our Hawaiian community through education!
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Interim Executive Director