Kamehameha the Beacon of Light

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“To erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, each for boarding and day scholars, one for boys and one for girls, to be known as, and called the Kamehameha Schools,” were the words written in the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Little did she know, that what started out as two schools for native Hawaiian children, would evolve into a $10.2 billion dollar trust that owns 13% of the state, and serves 34,000 native Hawaiian children yearly. This was the dream of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, to reach out and aid Hawaiian children in becoming good and industrious men and women. For the past 125 years, Kamehameha Schools has impacted the Hawaiian community in a number of ways. From educating over 8,000 children on three different campuses, to offering outreach programs in numerous communities, to even giving native Hawaiians aid in achieving a college education, this is what Kamehameha Schools is about. Due to all of these accomplishments, Kamehameha School is often looked at, as the beacon of light for the Hawaiian community. The reasons are because Kamehameha is an influence due to its wealth, Kamehameha is an organization with great leaders, and Kamehameha is serving with a purpose. With having a $10.2 billion dollar trust, and owning 13% of the state, Kamehameha School is a big influence in the Hawaiian community. From its humble beginnings, it has evolved into a huge organization, that earns million of dollars a year in profits from lease holding that it has on trust lands. With this much wealth, comes tremendous influence. Kamehameha has had the ability to influence land-use decision-making with the government in regards to the issue of developing over burial sites. Kamehameha has also had some influence in political campaigns as well, with donating $38,950 to numerous campaigners such as Daniel Akaka, Daniel Inouye, and Colleen Hanabusa. Due to having…...

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