Launa ‘Ike, or “sharing of knowledge,” is a partnership between the Pauahi Foundation and Kapālama High School.
“We’ve offered this program for three years now, and alumni participation has been overwhelming,” said Denise Ka‘a‘a, Pauahi Foundation alumni coordinator for the Kapālama campus. “It’s great to offer this unique opportunity to alumni, but the true benefit is for the students, and the ‘ike they gain for life.”
Alumni participants are asked to speak to students in grades 9-11 during homeroom. Each speaker focused their presentation on how they planned and prepared during and after college for their career, and how Kamehameha and Pauahi’s gift of education impacted their lives in choosing their life path. They were also asked to touch on servant leadership and the importance of giving back to the community.
The event ended with a breakfast for all alumni participants where many got the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
“From a doctor and a veterinarian to a HFD battalion chief and a school principal, our alumni participants covered a vast spectrum of backgrounds and careers,” added Ka‘a‘a, “But they all came together for one common purpose—to give back to the next generation of leaders in the Hawaiian community.”
To learn more about our Launa ‘Ike program or other opportunities to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.