Kamehameha Ho’olaule’a

English: Graduating Class of the Kamehameha Sc...
English: Graduating Class of the Kamehameha School for Boys, 1896. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when I’m afraid the aloha spirit is waning I take a trip to Kea’au campus of Kamehameha School for their annual ho’olaule’a. This a yearly event at all three campuses–O’ahu, Maui, Hawai’i 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, Hawaiian language 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 culture, Hawaiian dance, Hawaiian games, Hawaiian music 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 Punana Leo or Nawahikalaniopu’u or become professors at the Universities around the state. University of Hawai’i at Hilo 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

Conch Shell Blowers

Young men preparing to dance
Young men preparing to dance
ancient hula (hula kahiko)
ancient hula (hula kahiko)
Beautiful Hawaiian girls carrying on the traditions of oli and hula kahiko
Beautiful Hawaiian girls carrying on the traditions of oli and hula kahiko
English: Bernice Pauahi Bishop from the Kameha...
English: Bernice Pauahi Bishop from the Kamehameha Schools Photo Archives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5 thoughts on “Kamehameha Ho’olaule’a

  1. Another wonderful historic moment from the island of paradise brought to you by Sew Me Hawaii! lol That was great info. I don’t remember when you said that the immigrants/new settlers came to the Big Island, but was the school a ways into that history or was it near the beginning?

    1. The school was founded in 1887 which was after the influx of foreigners from the Mainland, Japan, Philippines, etc. You can tell by the dress, the influence of the ha’ole. Queen Lili’uokalani was still in office. She was stripped of her throne in 1893 (I think in a previous post I said 1793 in error) when sugar became a commodity that was sought after by the U.S. The campus of Kapalama on O’ahu was the first, followed by Maui in 1996 and Hawai’i in 2001. Their campuses are very much like a college campus as the Bishop Estate has been extremely successful in their investments. There have a board of directors, each paid almost $1,000,000 a year. I keep telling Keith he should apply for THAT job!

  2. I meant to take a lot more photos, but I got so caught up in the entertainment, I plum forgot! They had some really fun demonstrations– how to shuck a coconut (which is no easy task), how to throw a net to catch fish, games, how to make a ohe hana ihu or bamboo nose flute. Those would’ve been interesting photos. I will try and do better when we go to the Laupahoehoe Music Festival this weekend. Lots of entertainment, food, crafts, etc. No demos though.

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