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Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's 178th birthday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Of course we all know what holiday is coming up this Friday. It's Christmas! But this past Saturday, December 19th, was also an exceptionally significant day.

It was the birthday of princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of Kamehameha schools. Amy Kalili tells us more about the princess and how some chose to celebrate her 178th birthday.

"It's interesting to learn about Pauahi as a person, because she did something phenomenal in leaving her entire estate for the benefit of native Hawaiian children," said Mona Bernardino Keiki Fair Organizer.

Mona's Civic Club is named for the princess and seeks to honor Pauahi through events such at this festival.

"This is our Second Annual Keiki Festival. We have all kinds of performances, crafts, and activities, cultural performances, instructional activities," said Rae DeCoito.

The tents were full of fun, entertainment, and education about Pauahi. "When she was a child she was an avid reader. She loved to read. She would play the piano and when visitors would come either to her family home or to Royal School, she was often asked to entertain them," said Mona.

The civic club also made these placards sharing tidbits of information on Pauahi. "She went to Kawaiaha'o Church, of course. They would sing and Pauahi was the choir director for all of the girls. She loved to sing," said Mona.

And leaders of Hawaiian organizations and businesses recently gathered at Pauahi's church for Ali'i Sunday.

"It's a good thing to gather together to honor our ali'i, who have obviously influenced our lives and still influence our life today," said Kahu Curt P. Kekuna Senior Pastor.

Kahu Kekuna, himself a Kamehameha graduate and direct beneficiary of Pauahi, lead the service, and was joined by other alumni who honored Pauahi in song.

"It's her legacy that I am affected by. It'll go on for generations to come, because of her vision for her people. So all we want to do in honoring our ali'i is to recognize all the contributions they have made to ensure that we have a future," said Kahu.

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