Just when I’m afraid the aloha spirit is waning I take a trip to Kea’au campus offor their annual . This a yearly event at all three campuses–O’ahu, Maui, and is the major fundraiser for each of the schools. There are always Hawaiian crafts, tons of food, plant sales, silent auction, and the highlight for me, the entertainment…music and hula. The schools are privately owned by the Pauahi Bishop Estate. Pauahi Bishop saw a need in educating children of Hawaiian descent to be “industrious human beings” so in her will she stipulated that her extensive estate go toward building a school. It is not easy to get into Kamehameha School. You must have a birth certificate proving you have koko maoli or the blood line, you are tested both personally and academically. My other half graduated from Kamehameha Schools at a time when it was run militarily. The students wore uniforms, the girls and boys lived and were educated in separate parts of the campus, was not a subject. Times have changed, but the premise of giving Hawaiian children the best education possible remains their number one priority. Now, they learn , , Hawaiian games, along with a stringent academic program. Everyone who ever attended the school has a certain pride they carry with them forever. Most go on to succeed in college, many succeed as musicians and song writers. Many continue their education at the University of Hawaii where they have an extensive program in Hawaiian language arts. Some go on to teach at Hawaiian language schools as or Nawahikalaniopu’u or become professors at the Universities around the state. at has a large Hawaiian language department and many professors went to Kamehameha schools.
After attending the ho’olaule’a I know that aloha will always be a part of Hawai’i. The future generations of beautiful Hawaiian boys and girls will see to it that it is never lost.
Conch Shell Blowers