I hope you all have enjoyed the recent holiday season and were able to bring in the new year with renewed energy, focused (if not ambitious – mine have already been altered to be less ambitious, but focused ☺) goals and a wish to make this year better than any other. It’s sometimes difficult to keep our efforts in line with our resolutions, but the important thing is that we give it our best shot and make sure that our time does not go to waste.
This past December I had the privilege of attending Founder’s Day at the beautiful Kamehameha Schools campus in Pukalani on Maui. The ceremony was spectacular, with inspiring performances by the Maui students, heartfelt gifts and pū‘olo from a diverse group of people wishing to pay respect to our founder, and a true sense of thankfulness for all that Princess Pauahi provided for the future of our lāhui.
While I was watching I was struck deeply by a distinct thought related to our founder, and our kuleana. Often times, we speak of the “gift” that Pauahi gave us, or the “legacy” she left. And to be clear, her gift of education was extraordinary, her legacy, lasting and profound. But what I saw in the moments of presentation, pageantry and offerings during the Pukalani ceremony was more encompassing. These students, alumni, parents, and staff were the embodiment, or the physical manifestation, of her vision. What she left us was promise, and hope, and determination. What I saw was the success she had wished for.
It occurred to me in those moments that Pauahi’s true gift was providing the tools and environment to each successive generation in hopes that they will continue to give their own gifts to generations who have not yet come to be. It made me feel a part of something so much bigger than our jobs, or our roles, or our individual passion. It reminded me of our collective purpose and it made me proud to join you in playing even a small part in ensuring her vision for future generations.
To all of you who play a role in uplifting our lāhui, in whatever capacity, thank you for joining in. So much has been accomplished and we know there is still so much left to do. And though we will never know how much of a difference we made 100 years from now, we can be sure that we did make a difference.
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,