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Honoring Hawaiian princesses

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While Hawaiʻiʻs royalty has long passed, their generosity continues to be felt and honored. Amy Kalili joins a group of Hawaiian Immersion preschool students and families who gathered to give thanks to two Hawaiian princesses.

Aloha kâkou. E piʻi aʻe kâkou i Maunaʻala no ka hôʻano i ke ʻano ʻôpû aliʻi o nâ kamaliʻi wahine o kâkou.

"Kamehameha Schools currently provides $1.7 million in supplemental funds to help support operations of the Pûnana Leo preschools statewide," said Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Director, Pûnana Leo Preschools.

Ua makana mai ʻo Kamehameha i kekahi puʻu kâlâ, $1.7 miliona, i ka papahana Pûnana Leo no ka mâlama ʻana i nâ kula kamaliʻi Pûnana Leo o ka mokuʻâina o Hawaiʻi.

In addition, many of the Pûnana Leo families also receive over $2m in tuition assistance from Kamehameha Schools, the trust set aside by Princess Pauahi. But what does Pauahi's generosity have to do with Ruth Keʻelikôlani?

Eia hou, loaʻa pû i ka hapanui o nâ ʻohana Pûnana Leo he kôkua kâlâ kâki kula mai Kamehameha i mea e piʻi ai ke kôkua ʻia o nâ kula a ʻohana i ka $2m. Eia naʻe, no ke aha ka mahalo pû aku iâ Keʻelikôlani, ko Pauahi hoahânau? 

"Some of us know that the majority of Pauahi's estate was given to her by her cousin Ruth Keʻelikôlani," said Ânuenue Punua, Makua, Pûnana Leo o Kawaiahaʻo.

Maopopo kekahi o mâkou, ʻo ka nui o nâ ʻâina hoʻoilina a Pauahi, ua makana mai maiâ Keʻelikôlani, mai Luka mai.

"And the funds generated from these significant land holdings support the Kamehameha Schools and also benefit the Pûnana Leo and other organizations," said Iokepa.

A me ia ʻâina i loaʻa maila ka puʻu kâlâ he nui e kâkoʻo ana i ke kula ʻo Kamehameha a pçia pû ka Pûnana Leo kekahi.

There is another reason however why Hawaiian speaking families admire and respect Keʻelikôlani.

Loaʻa hou aku nô naʻe kekahi kumu e hoʻâno nui ʻia ai ʻo Keʻelikôlani e kçia mau ʻohana ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.

"She was a staunch supporter of our Hawaiian language, speaking it exclusively despite being fluent in English. She is a great role model for our ʻohana who are trying to raise their families speaking Hawaiian," said Punua.

He wahine kûpaʻa ma ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi. Kûʻç ʻo ia i ka ʻôlelo o waho, ka ʻôlelo Haole. No laila, he wahine maikaʻi no mâkou, nâ ʻohana i makemake e hoʻomau i ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi ma ko kâkou ʻohana.

This sincere expression of mahalo via song, chant and lei is an example of Hawaiian practices that are core to the Pûnana Leo program.

ʻO kçia hôʻea a mahalo aku ma o ke oli, ke mele, a me nâ lei, he kiʻina paʻa o ka papahana Pûnana Leo e ikaika mau ai ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi i waena o nâ ʻohana.

"It's simple yet important, especially in tight times, coming together as an ʻohana to show aloha and mahalo," said Iokepa.

Mea nui ʻeâ, keu aku ma kçia wâ haiki, kçia wâ wî, mea ʻole ke kâlâ, ʻo ka mea nui, ka ʻohana. Ka hui kino ma ke ʻano he ʻohana, kâkoʻo, aloha, mahalo.

Appreciating what you have is an important lesson to remember.

He haʻawina waiwai maoli nô ka mahalo i ka mea loaʻa. Mai poina. Ke aloha.

Original Airdate 1/19/2010

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