Blogmas Day 19 | Founder’s Day

On December 19, 1831, our princess and founder of the Kamehameha Schools, Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop was born. Born to Abner Pākī and Laura Kōnia, Pauahi continued the lineage of her great-grandfather King Kamehameha I. Pauahi founded the Kamehameha Schools in honor of her beloved kupuna in order to educate and guide children of Hawaiian descent as the native population was dying out. She devised and bequeathed her land estate, approximately 9% of the island chain to the creation of the school where native Hawaiian children might learn how to sustain themselves, practice hula and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and receive a proper education to save the population from disappearing completely. Pauahi dreamt of a brighter future for nā keiki o ka ʻāina and gave literally everything she had for children she would never know, yet loved anyway. Her passion for us has provided hundreds of thousands of keiki with life-changing opportunities and a rigorous education so we might make a difference in the world someday. Throughout my eight years at Kamehameha Schools, I traveled across the world to New Zealand, Washington D.C., and Maui for the love of music; received a quality education that prepared me for college; met the best people who would become part of my family; and learned how to be a good and industrious person. Without Pauahi’s generosity and brilliance, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. Mahalo Pauahi and hauʻoli lā hānau iā ʻoe!