During the week of June 1 – 7, over 2,000 alumni and guests were welcomed to the Kapālama campus for Alumni Week 2015. This year’s theme, “Nā Hoaloha Pūlama – The Treasured Friendships,” set the tone throughout the week with many alumni taking advantage of the time to reconnect with classmates and friends.
This year’s weeklong celebration marked its 26th year. Celebrating classes included graduating classes ending in 0’s and 5’s.
The week was kicked off with the Kamehameha Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, June 1st, at the Pearl Country Club. Hosted by the Pauahi Foundation, the tournament raised over $8,900 to go towards scholarships for Hawaiian students. In total, 116 alumni and guests teed off for prizes and class bragging rights. The Women’s Cup (Gladys ‘Ainoa Brandt Award) went to the Class of 1988, the Men’s Cup (Allen A. Bailey Award) to the Class of 1985 and the Co-Ed Cup (Trustees’ Award) to the Class of 1988.
Tuesday, June 2nd, started with an opening chapel service before gathering for dinner, music and fellowship at the Po‘o Kula Welcome Reception at Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center.
To get over the “hump” of Alumni Week 2015, many started their Wednesday at Mauna ‘Ala to offer ho‘okupu to Ke Ali‘i Pauahi and other members of the Kamehameha dynasty. They all returned to campus for the Cultural Fair at Ka‘iwakīloumoku, which was followed by a backyard kani ka pila session later that night.
Thursday is always a popular day in the week as classes gathered for some friendly competition and class bragging rights. The day started off with the Taste of Kamehameha on Kōnia Field where celebrating classes dished out tasty dishes for the judges and over 300 in attendance. Winning dishes included:
- Best Overall: Class of 1995’s Sweet Lemon Grass Boneless Braised Short Ribs with Asian Pickled Slaw
- Best Presentation: Class of 1980’s Palena‘ole Pūpū Trio
- Best Tasting: Class of 1975’s Lomi ‘O‘io
- Most Uniqueness: Class of 1960’s Bacalau (Pickled codfish w/onions and tomatoes)
- People’s Choice: Class of 2000’s Kapolei Smoked Meat Lū‘au
Later that same day, over 675 celebrants came together under the Kōnia field tent for the highly anticipated Talent Night.
Talent Night winners included:
- Best Contemporary: Class of 1975
- Best Traditional: Class of 1970
- Best Choral: Class of 1965
- Most Class Spirit: Class of 1985
- Best Costuming: Class of 1985
- Best Production: Class of 1980
- Most Unique/Original: Class of 1975
- Judges’ Pick: Class of 1980
The week ended with the popular Alumni Lū‘au on Saturday and the Memorial Service on Sunday.
Mahalo to everyone who worked so hard to put together Alumni Week! He Kamehameha Mau a Mau…Kamehameha Forever!