Children Benefit from Princess’ Gift

By Kalei Stern
Wednesday - June 01, 2011 Share

By Kalei Stern, Executive Director
Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation

“Kahiau,” or to give generously from the heart, best describes Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s many contributions to the Hawaiian community. It is this core value and legacy of giving that Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation is built upon and strives to perpetuate.

Established in 2001 as a nonprofit focused on extending Kamehameha Schools’ reach, the Foundation’s mission is to seek and develop new and diverse sources of income to support the ever-increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry.


Our mission is accomplished in a number of ways:

1) Endowed Scholarships: The foundation administers more than 50 donor-funded scholarships.

2) Early Childhood Education and Literacy: Our Early Childhood Education and Literacy Fund supports preschools by purchasing books and other learning tools focused on culturally relevant learning.

3) Charter School Support: Hawaiian public charter schools are vital in providing a culturally rich education. The foundation provides funding to ensure our Hawaiian culture continues for future generations.

Students give generously to the “Pennies for Pauahi” program. Photo courtesy Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation

4) Land Stewardship: Our Land Stewardship Fund supports programs and individuals who are preserving the natural and cultural resources of our precious lands.

5) Advancing the Hawaiian Language: The foundation provides funding to organizations whose efforts are to preserve the Hawaiian language.

Our success centers on our generous donors and giving opportunities, which include Kamehameha Schools’ annual Alumni Golf Tournament, Work Place Giving and our Pennies for Pauahi program.

Pennies for Pauahi, in particular, is a student-driven fundraising program offered at Kamehameha Schools. The campaign focuses on inspiring the younger generation to kahiau. Recently, the students from Kamehameha Schools’ Kea’au campus collected more than $2,000. Combined with additional money from the foundation, the students chose to give the donation to preschools in their community.


To continue Pauahi’s legacy of giving, please visit pauahi.org/giving or call 534-3966.


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