Founders' Day Chapel 2017

The ‘Iolani student body gathered on Feb. 10 for Founders' Day Chapel, celebrating the school's history and its many contributors.

Once again, it was with great pleasure that ‘Iolani School welcomed members of the Hawaiian Benevolent Royal Societies to the celebration.

The all-school service in the Lower Gym was held a day after the birthday of King Kamehameha IV, born Alexander ‘Iolani Liholiho on Feb. 9, 1834. He was the ruling monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i from Jan. 11, 1855, until his death on Nov. 30, 1863, at the age of 29.

Along with his wife, Queen Emma, Kamehameha IV was the royal patron who brought the Church of England to Hawai‘i in 1862. Shortly thereafter, Anglican clergymen established the school that would later bear his name.

Hālau ‘Iolani, under the direction of kumu hula Ku Souza, performed He Inoa No Ali‘i ‘Iolani, a hula noho ‘uli‘uli dedicated to Kamehameha IV out of respect and gratitude for his strength as a leader, his love for his people and his vision as king.

Head of School Dr. Timothy R. Cottrell and Camryn Yee '18 delivered the mo'olelo (sharing of story). They spoke of the legendary Father Kenneth A Bray, who instilled the "One Team" ethos into the foundation of ‘Iolani School's culture, and set up a video created by students currently in the Oral History class (which is included below).

Ten ‘Iolani School alums who played football, basketball or baseball for Fr. Bray -- Ben Almadova, Tommy Lau, Harry Takane, Walter Nobuhara, Merv Lopes, Donald Ho, Sol Naumu, David Yamashiro, David Kennedy and Ray Wong -- were honored guests. Several of them were interviewed by the Oral History students and featured in the video about Fr. Bray.

The service concluded with the student body singing the Alma Mater a cappella.


"Fighting Spirit: The Legacy of Father Kenneth A. Bray" -- by Oral History students (‘Iolani School 2016-17)

Founders' Day Videos

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