Leilani Lee Gilfoy of St. Lucie County, Florida, passed away on July 27, 2017.
The class of 1975 turned 60 this year, and to celebrate, some class members gathered at Haleiwa Joe’s in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, in July 2017. Classmates, from left, Kalena Doane Waiamau, Crystal Rose, Iwalani Goldstein, Marilyn Kaohi Hasegawa, Pilialoha Curnan Wang, Abbie Phillips Hanohano, Kathy Enos Thurston, Arlene Mclain Pratt, and Cory Chock Nogima.
Noah Borden KSK’12 was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy—a national award that recognizes an athlete that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Noah is a junior special teams player
and long snapper on the University of Hawai‘i football team. Noah is currently majoring in kinesiology at UH.
Since starting their class scholarship in 2013 with the Pauahi Foundation, the class of 1963 has awarded scholarships to eight recipients. In June 2017, they awarded two scholarships of $1,200 each to Zellie Kamahele, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa student pursing a liberal arts degree, and Kiliona Young, a UH Hilo student pursing a degree in agriculture.
Rae Fujimori Godden KSK’72 retired as the chief of interpretation for Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historic Park and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park. Her mother, Rose Akana Fujimori KSK’46, was the first Native Hawaiian woman to become a park ranger. Rae followed in her mother’s footsteps when she retired as a park ranger at the age of 55.
Since returning home to Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, in 2010, retired judge William Fernandez KSK’49 is enjoying life in Hawai‘i. He continues to pursue his passion as a book author and recently released a sequel to the novel “John Tana.” Set on Kaua‘i, the book continues the struggle of the hero John Tana to adapt to the increasing number of plantations and conflicts between his Christian and Hawaiian beliefs. Bill began his writing career with memoirs “Rainbows Over Kapa‘a,” “Kaua‘i Kids in Peace and WW II,” and “Hawai‘i in War and Peace.” To learn more about his books, visit www.kauaibillfernandez.com.
Aloha mai kākou,
This past June, I was fortunate to be one of the over 3,000 alumni to return to the Kapālama campus and share in the celebration known as Alumni Week. This year’s festivities honored classes with graduating years ending in 2’s and 7’s. Being a proud member of the class of 1982, we celebrated our 35th reunion.
Both Maui and Hawai‘i Island campuses have joined the effort with reunion weekend celebrations of their own. Recently held in early July, these neighbor island gatherings are key in helping Kamehameha Schools to stay connected with our alumni.
Congratulations to all classes celebrating a reunion. A big mahalo goes out to all staff and volunteers involved in creating a memorable experience for our alumni.
Reflecting back at the week that I spent on campus, it is certainly a time to celebrate the many memories and connections we have made as graduates. It is also a chance for us to come together and give thanks for the life opportunities given to us as beneficiaries of Pauahi’s legacy of giving.
Many of our celebrating classes took the opportunity to pay it forward with a gift to their class scholarship fund through the “Reunion Challenge”, which culminated on June 30. In total, these classes raised over $111,000 to help more Native Hawaiian students access a college education. Make sure to check the final results for the challenge!
If you would like to pay it forward like these classes, you can do so by visiting our giving page at www.pauahi.org/giving/.
If you have already given, thank you! Your gift will create impact in our Native Hawaiian community!
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Interim Executive Director
Former Rainbow Wahine Aven Lee KSK’96 was named director of volleyball operations for the University of Hawai‘i women’s volleyball program. Aven comes to the program from Sacramento State where she served two years as an assistant coach for the Hornets’ indoor women’s volleyball team and the director of operations for their beach volleyball team. During that time, she helped lead the Hornets to a combined overall record of 46-19 while going 25-7 in the Big Sky Conference. Her other coaching experience includes work at the University of Nevada, University of Pacific, Hawai‘i Pacific University, USA Volleyball, Kalani High School and at various club teams in Hawai‘i.
Paiao Thornton KSK’08 and Troy Thornton welcomed son Bowie Ezekiel Alaka‘i on July 18, 2017. His big sister Sophie (8) absolutely adores her brother, uncle is Scotty Wright-Ah Sam KSK’05 and Christina Wright-Ah Sam KSK’83 enjoys spoiling her grandson.
Roland Cazimero passed away on July 16, 2017. A multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer, musician, song writer and recording artist, Cazimero was one half, along with brother Robert Cazimero KSK’67, of The Brothers Cazimero, a cornerstone on the Hawaiian music scene for the last 40 years and possibly its single most influential group during that time.
Cazimero first made history alongside his brother and Peter Moon in the early 1970s with The Sunday Mānoa and the The Brothers Cazimero were founded in 1975.
The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists has honored the Cazimeros with 25 Nā Hōkū awards and both brothers have also received Hōkū awards as individual solo artists.
The duo was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.