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Founder’s Day Virtual Tribute Brings Together Kamehameha Schools Community

December 20, 2020, 4:32 PM HST
* Updated December 20, 4:36 PM
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KS Maui high school haumāna Hakaru Nitahara, Maile Kalama, and Kealani Warner sing He Inoa No Pauahi, a mele honoring founder Ke Aliʻi Pauahi.

A time-honored tradition that pays tribute to a beloved princess brought together thousands of people online. Kamehameha Schools’ annual Founder’s Day service turned into a virtual commemoration this year, marking Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s birthday on Saturday, Dec. 19. 

A day earlier, KS live-streamed ceremonies from each of its three campuses with participation from students, faculty, staff and alumni. The program included students reciting her genealogy and singing mele to express their appreciation for her legacy.

Founder’s Day began in 1888, one year after the original School for Boys opened. Five years later, a ceremony was added at Maunaʻala in Nuʻuanu, the final resting place of Princess Pauahi.

KS Maui middle school haumāna (left to right) Mahina Braun, Abou Diallo, Kawekiu Palakiko, and Pueo Hill sing He Inoa No Pauahi during filming on campus for the Founderʻs Day virtual program.

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