Photo by Joby Lum
On Friday Oct. 18, the Kamehameha high school Kapālama campus held its Walk for Pauahi event.
Two weeks prior to the event, students from grades 9-12 were encouraged to purchase two-dollar pink breast cancer awareness bracelets in order to be able to wear pink attire on Oct. 18. All proceeds from the bracelet purchases were donated to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Charity. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which is traditionally celebrated by a pink ribbon and the color of pink.
The walk was hosted by the Associated Students of Kamehsmeha Schools to not only raise awareness for breast cancer, but also as a way to remember what Pauahi has done for the Kamehameha schools haumana. Pauahi suffered from breast cancer before she passed away.
The event started with participants gathering around the stage near the front doors of the auditorium for prayer. After the conclusion of morning prayer, the walk began with our Poʻokula, Dr. Taran Chun, leading the procession holding a banner that said: “Walk for Pauahi”. The walk took the procession around Konia Circle approximately 5 times before students were excused to attend their 2nd-period classes. While students circled Konia field, whiteboards were set up alongside the stage where students could write their names on pink ribbons and stick it on the board.
Kealohi Chu, a senior, stated that the event was a “great way for students and staff to show their support for those who struggle with breast cancer and to show the love we have for ou princess and what she did for us. As someone who has lost friends and family to different types of cancer, I took it to heart.”
This event was covered by the school’s student news broadcasting class, yearbook class, and also through the use of drone footage.