I’m sure that as the holiday season rolls along many of you out there are busily preparing for family gatherings and scrumptious feasts. This time of the year is often filled with renewed hope for good things to come and concerted efforts to make positive changes in the upcoming year (I have a few resolutions I might need to start early after the aforementioned feasts☺).
But as many families planned for the string of holidays from October 31st to a Thanksgiving gathering, or the capstones of Christmas and New Year, we here at Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation, as well as tens of thousands of others in our Hawaiian community, have one more day to be thankful for, another day to remember: Founder’s Day.
It was 183 years ago on December 19th that the founder of our schools, our mission, and our path was born. And her birth set in motion a movement that has transformed our native Hawaiian community and renewed opportunities for our lāhui for generations to come. Pauahi’s selfless gift to the educational future of our haumāna maoli will have positive impacts for many generations after we are gone.
So, this December 19th, and whether you have been a beneficiary of Pauahi’s gift directly or indirectly, I ask you to take a moment to remember our remarkable benefactor. Please reflect on what she has provided for our lāhui and on her true example of kahiau. Her gift uplifted a people and our responsibility is to keep her vision strong.
Happy Founder’s Day and I wish you all a joyous holiday season filled with peace, and importantly, lots of laughter!
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,