Kaiulani Vila KSM’14 graduated in April 2017 from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, TX. Her training included an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. By completing the program, she also earns four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Aloha mai kākou,
The ‘ōlelo no‘eau “Pūpūkāhi i holomua,” or unite to move forward, best describes how we as a collective can help more Hawaiians.
Here at the Pauahi Foundation, as well as Kamehameha Schools, partnerships are the cornerstones of our efforts to uplift our lāhui. Here are a few examples of how we are coming together to make a difference.
The 5th Annual Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea was held on April 3rd at the beautiful Nanea Golf Club. This golf tournament was established to raise funds for multi-year scholarships for Hawai‘i Island students pursing a college education. In the past five years, the tournament has raised over $370,000 in scholarships and has helped 24 students achieve their educational goals. We are excited to see these numbers grow as our partnership with Nanea continues to strengthen in the upcoming years.
In partnership with Kamehameha Schools’ Alumni Association and other alumni groups, we have hosted over 1,900 alumni at events in 2016. These events included networking opportunities, cultural education and various activities focused on keeping alumni connected with our beloved school. We will continue to partner with these groups to provide engaging opportunities for our alumni to come together as ‘ohana.
Over the past year, Kamehameha Schools has established partnerships with Chaminade University, the University of Hawai‘i and Arizona State University. Each partnership helps to improve access to college while also building support systems to increase the probability that our Native Hawaiian learners will earn their college degrees.
These are just a few examples of the partnerships we have formed and we look forward to developing more partnerships in the years ahead. All are vital in our efforts to transform lives through education.
Together, we will continue to make a difference.
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Interim Executive Director
With the beautiful Ka‘ūpūlehu coastline as the backdrop, the 5th Annual Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea on April 3rd teed off with golfers coming together to create educational opportunities for Hawai‘i Island students.
“This year’s golf tournament raised over $70,000 in gross proceeds, which will help fund multi-year scholarships for students from Hawai‘i Island,” said Tara Wilson, Director of Advancement for Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation. “Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club and all who participated for their commitment to uplifting our learners through education!”
To date, the tournament has provided scholarships for 24 students and generated $370,000 in funding. The Nanea Scholarship fund provides a wide-range of support to students pursuing associates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as students in vocational and technical certificate programs.
“This partnership was established to ensure that students have the financial support not just for the first few years, but throughout their educational career,” added Tara. “Our hope is to grow these offerings over the years and increase impact by helping more students attain a college degree.”
After a day of golf, participants enjoyed an evening reception at the clubhouse with entertainment from Pacific Fusion and a silent auction.
Four Nanea scholarship recipients were on hand at the reception to meet tournament golfers and share in the celebration of another successful year of helping students achieve their post-high education.
“I take my responsibility as a Nanea Scholar seriously, and take the time to give back, particularly when it concerns other Native Hawaiian students and causes,” said Narrissa Spies, a 2016 Nanea Scholar. “Mahalo to all the generous donors for having the confidence in us and believing that we will complete our education and turn it into something positive for our community.”
The success and growth of this partnership has been the result of a strong commitment from the Nanea Golf Club, its members and other tournament participants to help learners in their local community flourish in their educational endeavors.
“Kamehameha Schools’ Vision 2040 envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners. We cannot rely solely on our endowment to make this a reality,” said Lance Wilhelm, Kamehameha Schools Trustee. “It is imperative that we partner with like-minded individuals and organizations like the Nanea Golf Club to increase the educational opportunities available to Native Hawaiian learners and maximize our impact throughout the lāhui.”
To learn more about the Nanea Scholarship and how you can help make a difference in someone’s life, please contact Lani Ka‘a‘a at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 534-3966.
Steven Kakaio of Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi, died on Mar. 5, 2017. Born on Molokaʻi, he was a retired Molokaʻi Police Department Captain.
Pauline Fernandez Akina of Honolulu died on Mar. 15, 2017. She was born in Honolulu.
Patsy Kanahele Hicks of Honolulu died on Feb. 5, 2017. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired teacher with the DOE.
Henry Ahuna of Honolulu died on Feb. 27, 2017. He was born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.
Donald Dias of Ewa Beach, Oʻahu, died on Mar. 1, 2017. Born in Honolulu, he was a U.S Air Force Korean War Veteran and a retired detective for the Honolulu Police Department.
Kika Honda KSK’00 and Ivan Kwan Wing were married on April 8, 2017, in Waikīkī. Those in attendance included sisters of the bride J. Kala‘i Honda Carreiro KSK’99, K. Kaipo Honda KSH‘11, parents of the bride Glen Honda KSK’74 and Liana Iaea Honda KSK’77, and brother of bride Kalena Honda KSK’04.