Cayenne Pe‘a KSK’00 was named principal of Alaka‘i Development, a Hawaii-based, Forest City affiliated, rental residential development firm, whose mission is to meet the need of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage by developing quality rental residences. In her role, she will oversee the finance and accounting efforts for both the private sector development and operating assets of Alaka‘i Development. Prior to Alaka‘i Development, Cayenne worked as director of finance for Forest City Hawai‘i, where she obtained $120 million in construction and term loans and maintained $1.3 billion in bonds. Cayenne, who is a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University.
For a third year in a row, classes celebrating their reunion came together for some friendly competition, and in the process they raised over $100,000 in donations for post-high scholarships.
The Reunion Challenge, which was created in June 2014, counted gifts made from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Celebrating classes (classes ending in 1’s and 6’s) competed in three categories for a chance to win matching incentives from the Pauahi Foundation. The three categories included highest class participation ($5,000 prize), highest amount raised ($5,000 prize), and highest number of recurring gifts ($3,000 prize).
In addition, each celebrating class was assigned class goals in participation and amount raised. If a class met or exceeded their goals, they received an additional $2,000 in matching dollars. All prizes awarded are added to their class scholarship fund.
“We are so overwhelmed by the continued support from our alumni. Their collective generosity truly defines what it is to be an ‘ohana,” said Bran-Dee Torres KSK’93, Donor Relations and Development Manager at the Foundation.
This year’s winning classes included:
• Highest class participation: Class of 1966 with 59 percent
• Highest amount raised: Class of 1966 with $43,460
• Highest number of recurring gifts: Class of 1991 with 32 recurring gifts
In particular, the class of 1966 began its fundraising activities five years prior to their 50th reunion.
“It was a wonderful journey filled with many happy moments and the final outcome was a success,” said Michael Asam KSK’66. “Our class scholarship was established to support and honor our Princess and her legacy. We hope our efforts will motivate others to set up their own endowment and continue the education of Hawai‘i’s children.”
For the younger classes, the Reunion Challenge offered an opportunity to set the foundation for their class endowment so that they can be in the same position as alumni classes before them.
“As nā pua a Pauahi, we all have the responsibility to make her proud and continue her legacy by doing all that we can for the Hawaiian community,” Chahati Lancaster KSK’06. “We encouraged classmates to unite with us as the class of 2006 and give back to Pauahi and her na pua. The additional $15,000 max award from the foundation incentivized many big donations from classmates.”
Classes that hit or surpassed their class goals included the classes of 1966 and 1986 for hitting their participation goal. The classes of 1961, 1966, 1976, 1991, 2001 and 2006 all met their goal in amount raised.na
“The Reunion Challenge continues to bring classes together in support of our Lāhui. Mahalo nui to all participants for their commitment to building a strong foundation for future generations of Hawaiians,” said Pono Ma‘a KSK’82, Interim Executive Director at the Pauahi Foundation.
For more information about the Reunion Challenge or how you can start your class endowment, please email email@example.com.
Alumni staff members from Kamehameha Schools Maui gathered for a group picture at their in-service day on July 27, 2016. Front row, from left: Sheleen Quisquirin KSK’95, Dane Lum Ho KSM’10, Tiare “Kapika” Sanchez KSK’99, Melissa Kehano KSK’94, Bianca “Kūlia”Foster KSK’98, Anuhea Ka’iaokamalie KSM’13, Rachel Patrick KSM’08, Lokelani Williams Patrick KSK’72, Hulali DeLima KSM’08, Alexandres Akana KSK’09; second row: Melissa Stewart-Rodrigues KSK’97, Jenny Kauhane Awai KSK’83, Kuulei Alcomindras-Palakiko KSK’94, Kye Haina KSK’78, Lauren Fujitani Noa KSK’00, Chauna Valdez Rickard KSK’01, Nikki Williamson Barsamian KSK’06; third row: Kanani Kepani Franco KSK’91, Brooke Holderbaum KSK’91, Rhonda Alexander-Monkres KSK’83, Kalei Aarona-Lorenzo KSK’85, Leimamo Fukino Nitta KSK’78, Clarke Tuitele KSK’92, Kahanu Noa KSK’03, Shaun “Pili” Kamakea–Yong KSK’09; last row: Kaleo Pahukula KSK’89, Cathy Davis Honda KSK’82, Kaukokalani Andrade Kane KSK’80, Lyla Eldredge KSK’79, Monica Mata KSK’80, Kalani Wong KSK’74, Charles “Bala” Spencer KSK’87, Ladd Akeo KSK’82, and Leo Delatori KSK’86.
Andrew Knutson KSK’05 received his PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He will be starting a postdoctoral appointment at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., in January 2017.
Melissa Awa KSK’09 recently joined Bowers + Kubota Consulting in June 2016 as a project administrator. Previously, she worked in admissions at Kamehameha Schools. She volunteers annually for Kamehameha Schools Alumni Week manpower team and is a class representative. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business management and marketing in 2014 from Hawaii Pacific University, as well as a master’s in business in 2015.
Adrian Martin KSK’02 was ordained a deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church on March 6, 2016, in the Holy Presentation Church in Stratford, CT. Adrian, known in the Church as Fr. Deacon John, is the first clergyman of Hawaiian descent in the history of the Orthodox Church.
Lehua Kauhane-Reinhardt KSK’04 Nathan Reinhardt KSK’04 celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on June 11, 2016, King Kamehameha Day.
Austin Streadbeck KSK’08 and Lyn Uratani were married on April 2, 2016 in the Hale Malia Community at Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI.
Kumau Pineda-Akiona KSK’02, an attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, was selected by the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association to be a 2016 Leadership Institute Fellow. The HSBA Leadership Institute is designed to identify and develop leaders in the Hawaiʻi legal community with 3-15 years of legal practice.