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Hawaii Day 12: Kamehameha Schools Alumni Luau

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments


Dallas’s parents went out to breakfast and to buy even MORE baby formula. Makai stayed home with us and got another sink bath. Dallas had this leftover “local” sushi for breakfast. It’s made with egg and canned tuna.


After breakfast, me and Makai and Kathy went on a walk around Waikiki. SO many people stopped us to say how cute Makai is or to talk about his big cheeks! We took a photo by the Duke Kahanamoku, the famous swimmer and surfer, and by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who set up Kamehameha Schools. Her husband also set up the Bishop Museum in her memory. (We visited in 2005.

After our walk we went back to the condo to get ready. Dallas’s parents left quite a while before us to go to Kamehameha Schools because Dallas’s dad had to get his class photo earlier. Each class has a time they have to be there to get the class photo taken. It was Dallas’s dad’s 50 year reunion and Dallas’s 20th.


Since we had extra time, we went to visit Aunty Mary. She is actually Dallas’s great aunt, his grandma’s sister. Dallas’s grandma passed away a couple years ago and Aunty Mary is the only sibling left. I was impressed with her independence, health and sharp wit! I hope we can all stay this healthy as we get older! Makai was sleeping when we arrived at her house and stayed sleeping after we were there a while. When he woke up he snuggled up to Aunty in her lap for quite a while. So cute!


The view from Aunty Mary’s house in Manoa Valley. Aunty Mary lives on her own mostly. He husband passed away recently and her granddaughter lives in an apartment downstairs, but she is very self sufficient.


Next we headed to Kamehameha Schools for the alumni luau. We heard there were 1500 people there and that for every one person in attendance there were three more people who couldn’t get tickets! The youngest alumni there graduated five years ago. The oldest was a 98-year-old woman who was from the class of 30-something.


Dallas dropped us off and went to park the car and then get his class photo taken. Makai and I browsed around this area where they had some people selling things. I bought a really nice necklace and earrings made from sea glass and sea shells. I tried to rock Makai to sleep during the opening band’s performance but people kept coming up to us to see Makai and talk to him!


There were so many pupus like pickled Maui onion, limu salad, boiled peanuts, poke, edamame, and my favorite, smoked meat. I really like the onions too and ended up buying some at the supermarket later on! For our actual meal, we had kalua pig, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomi salmon, poke, poi, and rice. I didn’t want my poi, so Makai ate it all. And a few other people saved theirs so that he could eat it for the next few days!


For entertainment there were a lot of bands and comedians. Each class was called out and they had to do a dance at their tables. Class of ’94 won, I think! (I’m not allowed to post any photos or video of that, but just know they do exist!). Ekolu is a pretty famous Hawaiian band that played. And Touch of Gold played a lot of crowd favorites and oldies. Dallas’s mom took Makai to the dance floor to dance with him, but the swaying made him want to fall asleep. Even though there was a live band a few feet away!


At around 8 p.m., Dallas’s parents took Makai back to the condo to eat and go to bed. We stuck around and the party continued until 9:30, way past when it was supposed to. No one could remember an alumni luau where so many people were dancing! And they wouldn’t stop! Dallas’s classmate was doing the sound and lighting and kept playing all the Class of ’94 favorite songs. While others were trying to break down tables and clean up, Class of ’94 just kept dancing!


Oh, and before I forget, we also got these photos taken in the “photo booth.”


After the party we went back to the dorms again. Someone had a couple of ukuleles and a guitar and there was a lot of playing and singing. So many of Dallas’s classmates are in Hawaiian bands that have been nominated for Na Hoku awards like Kekoa in Holunape and Kalehua in Hi’ikua. We stayed out late, dropped Hoku off in Diamond Head, made a late-night run to Jack in the Box, and got home around 2:30 a.m. What a fun day/night!


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Bernice Pauahi Bishop

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments


At our hotel there was this statue of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Bishop was an important figure in Hawaiian history and also ultimately in Dallas’s life because she created Kamehameha schools.


From Wikipedia (where else?):

Bernice Pauahi Bishop (December 19, 1831 – October 16, 1884), born Bernice Pauahi Paki, was a Hawaiian philanthropist, ali’i, and direct descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha. She was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha I and the last surviving descendant of his royal line. Her estate is the largest private landowner in the state of Hawai’i. The revenues from these lands are used to operate the Kamehameha Schools, which were established in 1887 according to Pauahi’s last will and testament. Pauahi was married to businessman and philanthropist Charles Reed Bishop.


Bishop’s dying wish was that a portion of her estate be used to set up a school. When she wrote her will only 44,000 Hawaiians were alive so she also stipulated that preference should be given “Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood.”


This statue was created by Kamehameha Schools graduate Sean Kekamak’pa‘a Ka‘nohiokalani Lee Loy Browne. It was unveiled in December 2007.


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Bishop Museum, Ala Moana, Family Dinner

July 23rd, 2005 · 4 Comments

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu


Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu


L&L Drive Inn

Aunty Lauren & Seth

Handmade wash clothes from Aunty Myrtle




Rachel & Carissa

Channon, Rachel, Danny, Carissa, Danae :: Aina Haina, Oahu



Last week Friday Dallas and I went to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last decendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The museum houses extensive collections of Hawaiian and Pacific Island artifacts, documents and photographs. Bishop Museum is the largest museum in Hawaii. My favorite exhibit was the one where they showed how so many different cultures came together in Hawaii. From other Pacific Islanders in the beginning, to Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Portuegese, Phillippino, Korean, etc.

After the museum we went to Ala Moana Shopping Center, this huge-ass mall that has like 300 stores. I did a little shopping. Dallas was hungry for chicken katsu so we went to L&L Drive-Inn for lunch.

That night we went to Kathy’s Aunty Kitty’s house in Aina Haina for dinner. All of Kathy’s good friends and family in Oahu were there. Many of them hadn’t gotten together for quite a while so it was a family reunion of sorts. Someone must have felt Dallas’ earlier craving for chicken katsu because there was a TON of it for dinner.. along with many other traditional Korean and Hawaiian dishes.

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