Hulihe’e Palace Event in December Honors Princess Bernice Pauahi

Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihe’e Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 to remember the late Princess Bernice Pauahi. Presenting hula and serenade by the Merrie Monarchs, the event is part of a year-long series that honors Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Painting of Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884).  (Hawaii State Archives)

Painting of Bernice Pauahi (1831-1884). (Hawaii State Archives)

Princess Bernice Pauahi is most well known as the benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. A great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, she came of age during the Victorian Era. She was well liked and very private. When her cousin, Kamehameha V, chose her as his successor in 1872, she declined. Her refusal ended the Kamehameha Dynasty.

During her lifetime, the princess witnessed the physical and social decline of Hawaiians. Some foreigners brought disease—the native population dwindled from 400,000 in 1778 to fewer than 45,000 a century later—and controlled most commerce. Missionaries introduced a new value system.

“Distressed by the plight of her people, Princess Pauahi created a will in 1883 as an instrument of change,” says Casey Ballao, Hulihe‘e Palace docent coordinator. “She believed education could be the answer to help her people.”

The document established a charitable land trust overseen by trustees to improve the well being of Hawaiians. It operates as Kamehameha Schools today, one of the largest, private trusts in the nation.

“The will was the princess’s way to malama ka ‘aina—practice the ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of land and resources,” adds Ballao.

Pauahi married Charles Reed Bishop in 1850. She and Bishop shared a love for traveling, teaching and entertaining and the couple became astute property managers. When her favorite cousin, Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani died, Pauahi received her entire estate (including Hulihe‘e Palace) and this inheritance comprised the major portion of Pauahi’s landholdings. The princess died a year later in 1884. To honor his wife, Charles founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 to house the royal family heirlooms and her extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday—with the exception of the palace open 1-4 p.m. the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll.  Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Kamehameha Schools

In honor of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameaha Schools Bishop Estate is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Breast Cancer Awareness Day at KSBE

Princess Pauahi died of breast cancer on October 16, 1884.

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Kids that attend KSBE were asked to bring in a $1.00 donation to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help support breast cancer awareness.

Kamehameha Schools Serves More Than 45,000 Learners and Families

Media Release:

Kamehameha Schools served more than 45,000 keiki and their caregivers through its preschools, campuses, community education programs and collaborations with other organizations during this past fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2010.

The Schools’ support of Department of Education (DOE) schools and programs has been a key focus throughout its Education Strategic Plan implemented in 2005. Its support of DOE programs and services totaled $31 million this year, compared to $27.9 million last year – an increase of 10 percent.

“Most people think of our campuses when they see the name Kamehameha Schools, and we have very talented students in all three of our campus programs. But what many don’t realize is that we support talented young students in community programs and public schools throughout Hawaiÿi,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer.

Education and education support spending was also up from $258 million during FY 2009 to $299 million during FY 2010. Of this amount, $102 million was spent on community-focused programs.

“Our outreach numbers last year were well past the target for 2009-10 that we established in 2005, when the Education Strategic Plan was approved,” said Chris Pating, vice president of Strategic Planning & Implementation.

“Still, we know there are 75,000 school aged Native Hawaiian keiki in our public schools, so we are deepening our efforts to support initiatives and programs already in communities with large numbers of Native Hawaiians. For example, Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawaiÿi will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application,” he said. According to Pating, this also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nänäkuli and Waiÿanae high schools in project-based, 21st century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.

“For example Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawai`i will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application. This also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nānākuli and Wai`anae high schools in project-based, 21st-century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.”

Other examples of KS’ educational impact include:

Literacy Instruction & Support (LIS): LIS provides culturally relevant learning experiences which develop literacy skills of Hawaiian keiki. This past fiscal year, eight new sites were added, thereby doubling the number of students served. Students at our 21 school-based sites (220 K-3 classrooms) are meeting or exceeding all key literacy targets and schools report high levels of satisfaction among DOE principals and superintendents. Attendance rates are high and students are engaged in both in-school and After School programs.

Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools: Kamehameha Schools has provided $9.1 million in per-pupil funding for the 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools serving more than 3,600 students and their families.

Educator training: $7.9 million (up from $6.4 million FY 2009) in educator training and support including funding for Teach for America participants serving predominantly Hawaiian public schools.

Other Education Strategic Plan milestones in FY 2010 include:

  • Over $12 million in scholarships to Native Hawaiian children attending eligible preschools and private-school kindergarten programs across the state. (2,194 keiki)
  • $12.6 million for Native Hawaiians attending college and post-high vocational/technical institutions. (2,508 awards)
  • $6.6 million in funding support for a variety of programs for students in DOE schools, including:
    • Tutoring and test preparation for students ages 16+ who wish to attain their competency-based high-school diploma.
    • Summer enrichment programs on campus.
    • Homework centers and after-school tutoring.
    • Place-based learning in loÿi kalo and Hawaiian fishponds.
    • Distance learning.
    • Classroom-based Hawaiian social studies instruction for grades 4-7.
    • After-school violence and substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth.

“Going forward, Kamehameha Schools is committed to supporting the work in the DOE as well as programs and services in the community. Our goal is to see our Native Hawaiian keiki thrive – whether they are on one of our campuses, attending a charter school on Kaua`i or in an after-school program through our Literacy Instruction and Support program on Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools recognizes its kuleana to support educational success for Native Hawaiians in perpetuity,” said Pating.

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling nearly 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Approximately 37,500 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States.

2010 Founder’s Day at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus

Today was Founder’s Day at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.  It was a day to honor and remember Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop for what she founded a long time ago for the keiki of Hawaii.

A special "Mahalo" to artist-historian and author, Herb Kawainui Kane, for granting permission to Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i to use his paiting entitled "Bernice Pauahi Bishop" to grace the coer of today's Founder's Day program.

I didn’t make it to last years program so this was the first Founder’s Day that I had attended.

It’s pretty cool to see all the kids dressed in the exact same outfits!

The kids are taught to walk with their hands behind their backs in a position when they are walking from one class to another, this is known as “Butterfly Hands”.

My son was stoked to see me!

My son seems to be pretty well known on campus as even the folks in administration know him (not sure if that’s good or bad though :roll: )

Headmaster Stan Fortuna reaches out to my son

The program itself lasted about an hour long… but the time seemed to go by much faster then it really did as the program just moved along at a fast pace.

I truly feel blessed that my son was one of only 20 boys on this island to be accepted into this prestigious school.


Hawaii County Fair Opens in Hilo this Weekend – Check Out the Kamehameha Schools Booth

Media Release:

As the 60th annual Hawai`i County Fair opens in Hilo this weekend, island residents are encouraged to visit the Kamehameha Schools booth located in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. On every day of the four-day fair, a variety of farmers and ranchers who lease agricultural lands from Kamehameha Schools will take center stage providing tasty Hawai`i-grown samplings and products for sale.

Featured participants include Hawaii Beef Producers from Pa`auilo. Best known for their grass-fed cattle grown antibiotic and hormone free, Hawaii Beef Producers will be serving samples of savory beef stew and fair goers will have the opportunity to buy fresh meat rancher direct.

Hawaiian Pineapple Company, one of Hawai`i’s few remaining pineapple producers, is best known for their premium field ripened pineapple and sweet apple banana.  Most recently, however, they have been experimenting with cacao.  Come indulge in their newest chocolate creations which will be featured at the Kamehameha Schools booth, along with their apple banana, on Friday evening.

Stop by the KS booth on Saturday to taste delicious treats from Kona Dragon Fruit Inc., farming dragon fruit and mango on 19 acres of KS lands in South Kona, and Hawaii Island Gourmet Products, known to many for their signature Atebara potato chips. This Hilo-based company is much loved for their taro, sweet potato and shrimp chips and their mouthwatering cookies.

“We like supporting Hawai`i Island diversified agriculture,” said Clyde Oshiro who, with son-in-law Nimr Tamimi, formed Hawaii Island Gourmet Products in 2002 after purchasing Atebara. “We’re growing taro and sweet potato of our own on a few acres leased from Kamehameha Schools on the Hilo coast.”

On Sunday, enjoy samples courtesy of The Kona Coffee and Tea Company, winner of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s 2009 Gevalia Cupping Contest.  This family owned and operated company will impress you with their specialty 100% Kona coffee.  The Private Reserve and Malia Ohana roasts will also be available for sample and purchase.

Island-wide there are roughly 800 Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants farming a variety of crops that help sustain local agriculture and support the educational mission.

As part of the land legacy endowed by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools stewards about 180,000 acres of agricultural lands statewide. On Hawai`i Island alone, more than 72,000 acres of high-value agricultural lands support a reliable food source, local jobs and a sustainable future for all of Hawai`i, and serves the educational mission established through the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

For more information on how to support local farmers or to view a list of Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants with commercial businesses, visit