Jerald “Kimo” Alama Keaulana KSK’73 was honored at Honolulu Community College’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner in March 2018 at Dole Cannery’s Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms in Honolulu. He was recognized for his professional achievements and contributions to the community. Known by many as “Kimo,” he attended HCC twice – first, straight out of high school and then returning after working mainly in the tourism industry. He would later return as an instructor after 10 years teaching social studies with the state Department of Education. Kimo is heavily involved in Hawaiian music as a historian, kumu hula and competition judge, and a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning musician. He is currently a board member for the Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Lei o Lanikūhonua, the Mary Kawena Pukui Society and Waihona o nā Mele No‘eau.
In March 2018, Linfield College sophomore Chelsea Horita KSK’16, daughter of Gregg Horita KSK’83 and wife Celeste, was named Northwest Conference Softball Position Player Student-Athlete of the Week. While at Kamehameha, Chelsea participated in softball, wrestling and swimming. She is currently a computer science major.
KS Alumni Relations hosted the annual Alumni Song Contest Viewing Party on Mar. 16 at Waiwai Collective—a contemporary space where community, culture and commerce intersect.
The fifth annual event hosted over 120 alumni while their enjoy the sights and sounds of this year’s Song Contest. The group enjoyed a menu consisting of Hale Kealoha’s kalo poke, fresh poke salad, hōʻiʻo salad, kalo chicken, turkey ʻulu sliders, and chips with kalo ʻulu hummus.
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In partnership with the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Relations Office, the KS Alumni Association recently hosted two events to reconnect alumni in the southern California region.
Both events, one in Huntington Beach and the other in San Diego, allowed KS leaders to provide updates on current initiatives and activities, as well as future plans for alumni relations. The Huntington Beach event included a Founder’s Day Ceremony to give alumni a day of fellowship and an opportunity to honor Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
Representing KS were CEO Jack Wong, Director of Alumni Relations Pono Ma‘a and Manager of the Office of the CEO Pomai Apana. In an effort to engage and reconnect all alumni, KS Alumni Relations has plans to partner with KSAA regions to host similar events locally and abroad.
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The Simeona ‘ohana returned to the Kapālama campus on Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018, to honor their beloved late parents Ahoi Simeona KSK’46 and Harriette Hurley Simeona KSK’46 with the dedication of a commemorated bench at the Bishop Memorial Chapel courtyard. Classmates and lifelong partners, the Simeonas were blessed with six children, M. Kaleiponi Simeona Ventura KSK’67, C. Kealoha Simeona Nascimento KSK’68, K. Manulani Simeona Meyer KSK’69, Edward Simeona KSK’74, Clarence Simeona KSK’77, Nancy Simeona Brenner KSK’80, 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. As said by oldest daughter Kaleiponi, “It’s so (like) mom and dad. They will be greeting all returning alumni and friends for generations to come. They were proud members of the class of 1946 and have returned together once more to their home, Kamehameha.”
“After high school, I shocked my family by deciding to attend Creighton University all the way in Nebraska,” said Kaneakua, a 2013 Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i graduate. “It was a bold decision but the university’s pre-med program is one of the best and I was willing to take the chance.”
The distance from home was one thing, but the cost of such a school was another. With the help of the Nanea Scholarship, she received funding for each of her four years at Creighton, which allowed her to focus on her studies and graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a pre-medical emphasis.
Currently, Kaneakua is awaiting acceptance into either the John A. Burns School of Medicine at UH Mānoa or Creighton’s medical school. Although she is excited yet terrified of the years to come as a medical student, she knows that the Nanea Scholarship got her one step closer to achieving her dream.
“It wasn’t easy but the multi-year scholarship made it easier to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. Mahalo nui to the donors. They’re helping to build the future leaders of our lāhui and strengthening our Big Island community one scholar at a time.”
More than 50 golfers recently hit the links at the sixth annual Pauahi Golf Tournament, raising nearly $60,000 in multi-year, post-high scholarships for Hawai‘i island students. The Pauahi Foundation tournament was hosted by the exclusive Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona.
“Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club and our tournament sponsors First Hawaiian Bank, Takamine Construction, Howard Hughes Corporation, and Les and Zora Charles for the overwhelming support and commitment to uplifting our lāhui through education,” said Tara Wilson, executive director of the Pauahi Foundation and director of Advancement at Kamehameha Schools.
“We’d also like to thank our community partners Hoʻōla Ka Makanaʻa and Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani for their kōkua in making this event a success.”
Creating partnerships with individuals, businesses, and community organizations similar to Nanea, has allowed the foundation to maximize the impact felt throughout the Hawaiian community.
Since its inception, the tournament has generated over $400,000 in support for Hawaiʻi island youth. As of June 2017, the Nanea Scholarship has helped fund the post-high education of 30 Hawai‘i island students. The 2018 tournament scholarship funds will be awarded in July.
Multi-year scholarships, enable students to have the support they need for the entire duration of their college career to a maximum of four years for a bachelor’s degree, two years for a graduate degree and two years of an associates or vocational/technical degree or certificate.
“It gives us great pleasure knowing that the proceeds go directly to students in our local community,” said Jim Saunders, general manager at the Nanea Golf Club. “As the number of recipients grows, so will the number of young leaders in our community as they come back and pay it forward for future generations!”
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The Pauahi Foundation supports the mission of Kamehameha Schools by seeking and developing new and diverse sources of income to support the ever-increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry. To learn more, visit www.pauahi.org.
View more photos of the tournament in our I Mua Newsroom photo gallery.