HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Graduating from one of the oldest schools in the Hawaiian Islands – Kamehameha – means access to a vast network of alumni. And so when this 1960 Kamehameha Schools graduate was diagnosed with colon cancer, she knew exactly who to turn to. Amy Kalili introduces us to Aunty Gerry Johansen.
Ma ka 18 makahiki aku nei i ʻike ai ʻo ʻAnakç Gerry no kona loaʻa i ka maʻiʻaʻai uha.
Aunty Gerry was diagnosed with colon cancer 18 years ago.
Well you know, when you start to think about where do you start to focus on, who to help. Where else better than with alum that are Hawaiian and that are classmates of ours? What better way to start then there?
Geraldine "Gerry" Johansen
Class of 1960, Kamehameha Schools
Ma hea hou aku kahi kûpono e ʻimi ai i ke kôkua? ʻO nâ hoapapa nô hoʻi!
Na ʻAnakç Gerry nô i hoʻolâlâ a hoʻolaikaʻi i ka Relay for Life mua no nâ haumâna puka o Kamehameha ma ka makahiki 2008.
Aunty planned the first Relay for Life for Kamehameha Schools alum in 2008.
There has never been an alumni Relay for Life. We are the only relay of alumni in the nation.
ʻO kçia nô ka Relay for Life mua na ka hui hamana puka kula.
Ma ia makahiki mua nô i hoʻoulu ʻia ai he $150k. Nui ʻino ke kâkoʻo mai nâ haumana puka e laʻa hoʻi me kçia mea nei i pakele hoʻi i ka maʻiʻaʻai waiû, ʻo Uluwehi Pena.
They raised $150,000. There was no lack of support from KS alum, like breast cancer survivor Uluwehi Pena.
I'm a proud member of the class of 1974.
We have a real close class and a lot of support for each other. So it was really easy to say yes to.
Class of 1974, Kamehameha Schools
Pili nô mâkou a nani kçia alu like ʻana.
The purpose is really to find a cure through research so that cancer is no more.
We have lost a total of 50 classmates, of which 25 have died from cancer.
Ma o ka noiʻi e ʻimi ʻia nei ka lapaʻau pau loa ʻana. Ua pau aku nei he 25 hoapapa i ka maʻi ʻaʻai.
E mâlama ʻia ana ke kolu o nâ Relay for Life no ko KS ma ke kahua pâʻani ʻo Kûnuiâkea ma Kapâlama a he hanana ia i noa i nâ haumâna puka o KS a me nâ ʻohana.
The 3rd annual KS Relay for Life will be held at Kûnuiâkea Stadium in Kapâlama and is open to KS alum and ʻohana.
It brings us together as a family of alumni where we all know each other.
He wâ launa kçia no nâ puka kula.
Hoʻomaka ka hanana ma ka hola 6 o ke ahiahi P6, lâ 14 o Aukake a pau ma ka hola 6 o ia kakahiaka aʻe.
It starts at 6:00 p.m. on August 14 and runds until 6:00 a.m. the next morning.
The message there is that cancer never sleeps and neither will we until we find a cure.
Me ka manaʻo, ʻaʻohe wahi hiamoe a loaʻa ka lapaʻau.
No ke kâinoa a i ʻole no ka ʻike hou aku e kele aku iâ RelayForLife.org/Kamehameha.
To join a team or to start one yourself visit RelayForLife.org/Kamehameha.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.