Maui campus ʻohana pitches in at Hoʻolauleʻa 2013


Senior cheer captain Ashley Watson does a stint at the dunk tank at Ho’olaule’a 2013 on April 20. Students and families all pitched in to help with games, food, displays,shopping, and entertainment to raise funds for students projects.

By Maya Nitta, Features Editor

Kamehameha Schools Maui students worked to help raise money for the Parent Teacher Student ʻOhana at the 9th annual Ho’olaulea on April 20, 2013, at the high school campus. This year’s theme was He ʻOhana Kākou

“It was fabulous, considering all the competition that we had,” said KSM Parent-Community Coordinator Lokelani Patrick.

On Saturday, Haʻikū Elementary School also had their Hoʻolauleʻa, Saint Anthony schools held their bazaar, and Makawao Elementary held their fundraiser. David Malo Day in Lāhaina and Taro Fest in Hāna were also celebrated that day.

Each year students and their families put in hours of work to raise money that will be go back to student projects in the form of grants.

Each class is given a section of the Ho’olaule’a. The class if 2013 was responsible for scrip, while the class of 2015 hosted of the event. Each student must serve four hours, except for the sophomores, who are required to put in 24 hours.

“I worked at logistics, salad bar and washed dishes,” said sophomore Brianna Abe. She said that she was not only working for the hours, but also because she wanted to support her class.

Ms. Patrick said Hoʻolauleʻa is also an excellent showcase of what students have learned and done during the year.

Some students worked as entertainment for the day. This included groups like the Hawaiian Ensemble, Hōʻeu, junior Tevin Tam and Friends, Going Global, sixth grader Jared Roback and friends, and eighth grader Kaulike Pescaia and Uncles. The Middle School ʻukulele group also preformed that day.

Other student works were displayed in both the Senior Art Show and the Middle School and Elementary Galleries. The Senior Art Show consisted of 11 works done by 7 seniors.

The Elementary Sewing Club also donated a quilt that they put together during their time after school. The quilt was sold at the silent auction for $575.

Students also contributed by working in different booths and donating materials to the event.

Art students helped children and even some adults create art projects, like painting a pot, creating an egg planter and making a pinwheel.

The cheer team manned the dunk booth, getting in the tank and getting others to volunteer to go in.

Hawaiian Ensemble and the Hawaiian 4 class also had a booth where event attendees could pound poi, get temporary tattoos or play makahiki games.

Junior Leimana Hasset worked in the Teen Zone in the Lock Up station. Her job was searching for “criminals” whose friends had taken out “warrants” on and making sure they served their time in the makeshift jail.

“Working with my classmates was pretty cool because we had fun together,” she said.

Many items were donated to the silent auction, including two baskets donated by each class, but some classes went beyond what was required. The class of 2015 donated 15 baskets, and the class of 2016 donated seven.

Food this year included a Hawaiian plate, shrimp plate, steak plate, chow funn, pizza, burgers and hot dogs. The taro burger was new this year. Also in Da Kitchen was the Sweet Shoppe, where they sold sweets, such as mud pie (which sold out in hours), cotton candy, popcorn, braddah pops, and brownies.

The professional band Ekolu and Zenshin Taiko drummers closed out the entertainment for today.

Hoʻolauleʻa also had a section set aside for vendors, who sold products like photos on canvas, jewelry, kulolo, chair massages, foil pan covers, and hand-carved Hawaiian items.