The Kawahara ‘Ohana

Why We Support ‘Iolani School

It began when Ken and a few of classmates -- clad in bright colored shirts -- started going to 'Iolani games to cheer on our teams. It grew from there, and over time, the "Fushcia Boys" became the unofficial (and very loud) spirit crew for 'Iolani, especially when we faced our biggest rival.

We've all mellowed over the last 25 years, but our school spirit and camaraderie remains. Each year, we get together for the holidays; our annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving weekend brings out more and more classmates and families each year. Our bonds now are stronger than ever.

These lifelong friendships are just a small part of what we have received from 'Iolani.

There are countless other alumni who give back a portion of what 'Iolani gave to them. We think of people like the late Roy Tonaki '59, who spent time volunteer coaching our daughter, Miki '18, in softball, instilling the qualities of hard work and discipline that were preached by his coach at 'Iolani, Mr. Eddie Hamada '46.

When we see people like Roy give back something he carried from 'Iolani through his entire life, it inspires us to give. We hope that Miki sees the 'Iolani 'ohana contributing and that she will give back as well.

We hope that the students who are the recipients of our gifts will go on to give back in their own way. We take pride knowing that in some way, our gift will pay dividends exponentially greater than what we put in. If we can touch these students' lives, they will go on to touch countless others.

That's why we volunteer our time and that's why we give to the 'Iolani Fund.

Please join us.

-- Ken '87 and Wendy Kawahara