New Chaplain New Chapel


Kamehameha Schools Kapālama

Kahu’s past and present, pose for a picture with the newly installed Kahu Manu Naeʻole

Tayvhe-Lei Kaupu-Galon, Reporter

With the welcoming of a new semester, the Kamehameha ʻohana welcomes back a new but returning face for the Chapel team filling in the position of the new Kahu. 

On January 27th of the new year, the Kamehameha Schools ʻohana officially welcomed Manu Naeʻole a class of ʻ97 alumnist, back onto campus as the new Kahu for the Bishop Memorial Chapel. Haumāna, Kahu, family, friends, and mentors from across the islands were in attendance to witness the first Chaplain installation of its kind and offer their best wishes. People like Kahu Kekuna and members of Kahu Kaʻupu’s ʻohana, past Kahu’s who played a part in influencing Kahu Naeʻole to go into the ministry, were also in attendance. And with the help of those mentors, family, and a few tears of joy, Kahu Naeʻole was welcomed back onto campus to fulfill his dream. Kahu Naeʻole is a Kamehameha School “lifer” who comes back to us from Kalihi and Moanalua Church, interim youth pastor at Kaumakapili Church, and as a Christian Education director from Community Church of Honolulu. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Whitworth, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix, and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. In an interview with Dr. Taran Chun, Kahu Naeʻole said, “If I get this position, it would be a dream come true.” He hopes to serve and hopefully inspire future haumāna. Kahu Naeʻole comes to Kamehameha with a wife and a newborn baby. He said when he had gotten the call that he had gotten the job his wife was in the hospital and his baby boy on the way. It was a week full of blessings for him. Nothing could amount to the joy Kahu felt with all of these blessings. So as the new Kahu settles in, the chapel reopens its doors on the weekends for the residential life boarders and turns a new page for all of Kamehameha