When members of the class of 1950 come together every month, one can’t help but notice the laughter, the light bickering, and the bond between this close-knit “kalabash” family.
“When I first came to Kamehameha as an 8th grader, I was so homesick that I cried,” said Ku‘ulei Sequeira Stender KSK’50, “But that all changed in high school. I couldn’t wait to get back to campus because I missed my classmates.”
Their energy and cohesiveness were the catalysts for the creation of their class scholarship, so much so that they raised $20,000 to establish the fund, which was 48 percent more than their goal.
“We will always be together, even the classmates who have passed,” said Henry “Hank” Ahlo KSK’50, who, like some of his other classmates, makes a donation in honor of his deceased classmates, so they too can be recognized.
In July 2014, the Class of 1950’s efforts came full circle when they awarded their first scholarship to a student.
“Thinking back on all we accomplished at Kamehameha and beyond, it’s about paying it forward so that other Hawaiians have the opportunity to realize their dreams,” said class representative, Hartwell Lee Loy KSK’50.
“Giving back is what we learned; it is a reflection of Pauahi,” added classmate Augusta “Gussie” Rankin Bento KSK’50.
Just months after interviewing the class of 1950, the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana said goodbye to Henry Ahlo. He passed away on Feb. 1, 2015. Our deepest condolences to the Ahlo family and the class of 1950.