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Kauikeaouli

Kamehameha Schools 21st annual tribute to Kamehameha III

Birthday Celebration for Ka Lani Kauikeaouli

He Aupuni Palapala Ko‘u – Mine is a kingdom of literacy

Each year, Kamehameha Schools honor Kauikeaouli through an ‘aha mele (concert) celebration and by highlighting an organization that extols the virtues that he lived and loved – kaiāulu a me ho‘ona‘auao – community and education.

This year we’re proud to partner with Pūnana Leo o Kona whose vision is E Ola Ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i – The Hawaiian language shall live. In 1983, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo was created as a grassroots effort with the sole purpose of reviving ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. Now, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo serves as a local, national and international model for language revitalization. Over the past several decades, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo established and built numerous programs throughout the islands, helped to lift a 90-year ban on teaching Hawaiian in public and private schools, advocated for other indigenous people and raised awareness about the consequences of the loss of indigenous languages. For more information about Pūnana Leo o Kona visit ahapunanaleo.org.


Panel discussion with Pūnana leo o Kona

Friday, March 25, 2022
5-7:30 p.m.
View livestream here, and Nā Leo TV: Channel 53 (Spectrum)

This year, KS is proud to support the efforts of Hawaiian immersion school Pūnana Leo o Kona (PLK). A panel discussion with current and former PLK Kahu, kumu and mākua – Akelina Tibayan, Tehani Lau, Jesse Kekoa Kaho‘onei, Kaho‘okahi Kanuha and ‘ohana, and Mahina Paishon Duarte in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i will be moderated by Kaimana Barcarse.


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Akelina Tibayan is a graduate of Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u in Kea‘au, Hawai‘i. She is a lifelong speaker of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and dove straight into teaching as she furthered her education. She taught at Pūnana Leo o Hilo, and is currently a kumu at Pūnana Leo o Kona.

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Jesse Kekoa Kaho‘onei, a husband and father of three daughters, and lineal descendant of the chiefs, kahuna, and commoners of Kona, Hawai‘i. He received a bachelor’s degree in ‘Ike Hawai‘i with a focus in Mālama ‘Āina at Hawai‘inuiākea - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is the Site Director for Kahalu‘u Kūāhewa, under Huliauapa‘a, restoring wahi kūpuna as a traditional agricultural landscape and reconnecting kānaka to ‘āina.

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Kaho‘okahi Kanuha is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, is a kupa of Kona, a graduate of the first papa (class) of Pūnana Leo o Kona, a former ‘Ehunuikaimalino kumu, and the current Manakia Hale Kipa ‘Ōiwi (Hale Kipa ‘Ōiwi Manager) for the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo.

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Tehani Lau, born and raised in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, she is the first in her family to send her keiki to a Hawaiian Immersion school. Choosing to be a part of Aha Pūnana Leo has positively impacted her and her ohana in many ways that allow them to prosper in knowing the Hawaiian language and culture.

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Mahina Paishon Duarte, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, is a Native Hawaiian leader, businesswoman, community activator, champion of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, and a makua Pūnana Leo.


Free virtual ‘Aha Mele

Saturday, March 26, 2022
5-8 p.m.
Tune in here, and Nā Leo TV: Channel 53 (Spectrum)


Join us and celebrate Kauikeaouli with mele and hula performed by Keolanui, Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelelani, Kealoha Reff & Friends, and headliner Joshua Baba Tavares & ‘Ohana. Staged at the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa, gather your ‘ohana and friends and enjoy the sight and sounds from Moku O Keawe.

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Emcees Jaz Yglesias and Ka‘ea Lyons
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Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani
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Kealoha Reff & ‘Ohana
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Joshua Baba Tavares & ‘Ohana

Highlights from this year’s celebrations
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Interested in learning more about wahi pana in West Hawai‘i?

Take a virtual huaka‘i to Kahalu‘u Ma Kai and Makalawena.


Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100