Former Rainbow Warrior baseball player, Kolten Wong KSHʻ08, had his No. 14 jersey retired by the University of Hawaii—an honor bestowed upon only two other players. An All-American during his playing days at UH, Kolten had a career batting average of .358 from 2009-11, fourth best in UH baseball history. He is top 10 in several career statistical categories including home runs (second, 25), slugging percentage (third, .563), hits (ninth, 245) doubles (10th, 47) and total bases (seventh, 385). His jersey will be on display on Les Murakami Stadium’s outfield wall alongside Coach Murakami’s No. 11 and Derek Tatsuno’s No. 16. Currently, Kolten is preparing for his fourth season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Blaise Baldonado, a 2005 Kamehameha Schools graduate, lived a life filled with aloha.
“He enjoyed being around friends and family,” said Blaise’s mother, Felicia Lum. “He was always taking care of others, giving of himself and making sure that everyone was their best person.”
Unexpectedly, Blaise passed away on Aug. 6, 2015 at the age of 28. His aloha will be felt in perpetuity through the Blaise A. Kepo‘okelaokekai Baldonado Scholarship—a new endowment fund at the Pauahi Foundation established by his mother.
The scholarship will support Native Hawaiian students pursuing a degree in the arts or a field related to higher education.
“Blaise had a passion for education and life. This scholarship will bless future college students with the same opportunities that Blaise had,” added Felicia.
As a student at Kamehameha Schools, he was involved in the arts. He was a member of the children’s choir, concert glee and the drama club. He also served as the Song Contest director for the men in his junior and senior years.
After high school, he attended Seattle University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University.
“He felt that education was very important in becoming successful professionally and in the community,” said Felicia. “He was the first in our family to complete a four-year degree, as well as a master’s.”
Blaise later returned home and was hired as the director of student services at Chaminade University, a position that allowed him to help others in their pursuit of a post-high education.
“Although my son had a short-lived life, he most certainly made an impact on many lives. That impact will be felt for generations to come through his scholarship,” said Felicia.
To honor Blaise’s life and legacy, his family and friends are hosting a celebration on Mar. 1, 2017, at Artistry Honolulu in Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu. The event will include ‘ono food, live entertainment by friends of Blaise and a silent auction. The family welcomes any donations, as all proceeds generated from the event will go towards the Blaise A. Kepo‘okelaokekai Baldonado Scholarship.
“Blaise would have wanted to organize this event and would have done a terrific job,” said Felicia, “I wanted to honor his legacy and let the public know of this opportunity for future college students.”
If you are interested in attending this event, you can RSVP by emailing AlohaBlaiseB@gmail.com.
Donations to the Blaise A. Kepo‘okelaokekai Baldonado Scholarship can be made by visiting his scholarship’s giving page.
Makana Tocman Reilly KSK’01 completed her Master’s in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i in Dec. 2016 from the Kawaihuelani School for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Alaka‘i Development (AD) welcomes Cayenne Pe‘a KSK’00 as principal of Alaka‘i Development. In her role, Cayenne will oversee the finance and accounting efforts for both the private sector development and operating assets of AD, a new Hawai‘i-based rental residential development firm whose mission is to meet the need of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage by developing quality rental residences.
Nicole Bento KSK’00 was recently promoted to assistant news director at Hawaii News Now (KGMB/KHNL/KFVE). She previously worked as the station’s digital content director, overseeing all its web, app and social media products. Now, she manages all aspects of Hawaii News Now’s TV and digital news coverage.
Paiao Wright-Ah Sam KSK’08 and Troy Thornton were married in Loveland, Colo., on Aug. 28, 2016.
Maui alumna and their ʻohana gathered for the 2016 Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Christmas Concert held on Dec. 3, 2016, at the Hawaiʻi Theater. Enjoying the evening were B. Nainoa Christian KSK’05, Christen Chin Christian KSM’12, Hāliʻi and Keely Rivera KSM’09, A. Uʻilani Tanigawa KSM’10, KSK Choral Music Director Zachary Lum KSK’10, Manalani English KSM’07 and Kelsey Canto KSMʻ06.
Robyn Ing KSK‘09 and Alika Pruett KSK‘09 welcomed their second son La‘anui Keahi Pruett on Dec. 8, 2016. La‘anui joins big brother Kaikea. Proud Kamehameha alumni ‘ohana include aunty Dana Ing KSK‘06, uncle Ricky Ing KSK‘12 and grandfather Clayton Ing KSK‘76.
B. Nainoa Christian KSK’05 and Christen Chin KSMʻ12 were married on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Laʻie, Hawaiʻi Temple with a ring ceremony and reception at Dillingham Ranch. Bridesmaids were classmates Ashley Wendt KSM’12 and Kailee Dudoit KSMʻ12.
On October 10, 2016 Brian OʻConnor and Cerise Nakaima OʻConnor KSK’07 celebrated their vow renewal at Hale Koa Hotel in the presence of their ʻohana. The couple was married on Oct. 10, 2015 at Queen Emma Summer Palace. Present at their vow renewal celebration were parents of the bride Charles Nakaima KSK’80 and Norma Awana Nakaima KSK’79, maid of honor Capri Nakaima KSK’16 and groomsman Chaz Nakaima KSK’10.