Aloha mai kākou,
It has been said many times that the only constant in life is change. It’s something we must prepare for each morning when we open our eyes to greet what life has to bring, and to navigate the tides that come our way.
For me, the time has come for a new change and to embrace the exciting challenges that lay ahead. For those who know me, you may also know that I have two wonderful children who live on the Big Island, and it has been very difficult for me to be away from them. Thus, I have decided to move back to Hawai‘i Island for a new role and a new adventure with a wonderful partner of Kamehameha Schools—The Kohala Center. My last day at the Pauahi Foundation will be on June 30th.
Back in 2012 when I accepted this position, I knew that there was an incredibly diverse, but connected, group of supporters of the mission of Bernice Pauahi Bishop and I could sense the potential that the Foundation had. What I could not have predicted was how incredibly strong this group’s sense of pride and dedication was for the collective movement to uplift our Lāhui. Each day that I have had the privilege to come to work in this office, or in this community, and with my incredible staff, has been a true gift. It has strengthened my belief in the power of collective efforts and it has given me renewed hope for the future generations of our keiki.
This year has been stellar for the Pauahi Foundation and it is only because of you, our incredible supporters. Your collective generosity has brought us to records in every statistic by which we measure ourselves here. Currently, the Foundation is on track to reach over $1.25 million in revenue by the end of this fiscal year, representing a 50 percent increase over fiscal year 2014 and a 115 percent increase over fiscal year 2013, and we still have May and June to go! We’ve added over 1,400 new donors in the last two years, mostly made up of faculty, staff and alumni. We’ve seen a movement, He Paka Ua Au, take hold and make a difference.
I mention these wonderful statistics because this is just the beginning. You have helped to make He Paka Ua and the Pauahi Foundation a viable source for supporting the Lāhui. You have proven that through various sizes and frequencies of gifts, we can move the needle together. But there is so much left to do, and I ask you to keep the momentum going.
A few months ago, I saw an image that struck me deeply. It became my example for why the Paka Ua Movement was so meaningful to me. The image (pictured here) is of one keiki seedling, delicate and new. Its tiny curved leaf holds up a single drop of rain. When I saw it, I was overwhelmed with the visual realization that even one small drop makes a world of difference to the seedling that wants to grow.
In everything I do going forward, I will be a raindrop for our people. I will continue to try to bring others into our movement because need in our Lāhui is ever-present and critical. If you are he paka ua, thank you. If you haven’t joined yet, join us. Help the movement grow and let’s make sure that each successive generation gets stronger and has more tools to succeed.
I am so honored to have had the distinct privilege of working here at the Pauahi Foundation and mahalo again for helping us to further the mission of Kamehameha Schools and Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
He Paka Ua Au.
He Pūnāwai Kākou.
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,