In early September, approximately 50 alumni returned to Kamehameha Schools Kapālama to share their ‘ike, or knowledge, with over 1,300 students in grades 9-11.
“We’ve been doing this for five years now and have seen tremendous kōkua from our alumni ‘ohana,” said Denise Ka‘a‘a, alumni coordinator for the Kapālama campus. “This Alumni Connections program allows alumni to give back in time and knowledge, so that our haumāna can better position themselves for their future endeavors.”
This year’s group of alumni covered a variety of professional fields, including education, hospitality and tourism, agriculture, culinary, natural resources, art, audio and video technolog, communications, law, public safety, corrections and security, public administration, business management and administration, architecture and construction, human resources, science, technology, engineering, mathematis, and Hawaiian language and culture.
“I was inspired to become a Launa ‘Ike presenter because when I was in high school I didn’t have anyone to share their experience with me and offer advice regarding college,” said Lynn Makua Akeo KSK’86. “I shared the message that everyone is created with unique gifts and talents. Work towards a profession that is in your gifting so that you find joy and fulfillment in what you do.”
The day on campus included a mahalo breakfast for all alumni participants, which gave them time to catch up with classmates and friends, as well as network with other alumni professionals. A number of them have participated in the program for five years straight.
“Mahalo to all who participated in this year’s program,” said Pono Maa, interim executive director at the Pauahi Foundation. “The time and knowledge shared with these students will help ensure that our future leaders are prepared for life after high school.”
To learn more about our Launa ‘Ike program, please contact Denise Kaaa at firstname.lastname@example.org.