Founder’s Day Virtual Tribute Brings Together Kamehameha Schools Community
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.