More than 3,500 Kamehameha Schools alumni took part in events, activities and pā‘ina during KS Kapālama’s recent Alumni Week. This year’s mass reunion welcomed alumni belonging to class years ending in three and eight.
The week kicked off on Monday, June 4, with the annual alumni golf tournament at Pearl Country Club and two “Alumni on the ʻĀina” huaka‘i, one to Bishop Museum and the other to the North Shore.
On Tuesday, June 5, those alumni who stayed in the dorms checked in before an opening chapel service at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel, which was followed by a Welcome Reception hosted by Poʻo Kula Dr. Taran Chun at Ka‘iwakīloumoku.
Alumni started the day at Mauna ʻAla on Wednesday, June 6, presenting hoʻokupu to Ke Aliʻi Pauahi and other members of the Kamehameha dynasty. The group then continued on to Helumoa to learn about the significance of this wahi pana. Paniolo Night capped off the day with cowboy boots, hats, line dancing and BBQ under the tent on Kōnia Field.
On Thursday, June 7, the two major class competitions took place. Taste of Kamehameha allowed alumni to show off their culinary expertise during the day while Talent Night brought out some friendly competition among the celebrating classes.
Friday, June 8, introduced a new event dedicated to our older classes. The Kupuna Pā‘ina welcomed alumni from the decades of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s for lunch and reminiscing at Ka‘iwakīloumoku. Later that night, many of the celebrating classes held their own events off campus to reunite with classmates.
Many participated in the Kamehameha Day Parade in the morning on Saturday, June 9. That night, over 1,700 alumni got together for the Alumni Lūʻau under the large tent at Kōnia Field.
The week ended with a memorial chapel service on Sunday, June 10, where alumni in the celebrating classes honored classmates who have passed on.
Enjoy the Alumni Week video below and see more snapshots of events in our I Mua Newsroom photo gallery.