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Kahanakalani Pauahi: Replica Feathered Cape
Kahanakalani Pauahi is a feathered cape whose creation was inspired by the original cape made for and worn by Pauahi as a child. Approximately 30,000 feathers adorn this kīpuka, made lovingly by staff, students, and friends here at the Heritage Center.

Founder’s Day
This Kamehameha Schools tradition began in 1888, one year after the opening of the original School for Boys. Five years later, in 1893, another honorific ceremony was added at Maunaʻala in Nuʻuanu, adorning the final resting place of our benefactress in song and lei.

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
C. R. Bishop promised Princess Pauahi and Queen Emma that he would build a museum to preserve and exhibit the heirlooms of their chiefly ancestors.

Kaiwi‘ula and Niuhelewai, Kapālama
Before he began his journey, [Kamehameha] commenced the planting of kalo at the place called Kapālama and Niuhelewai.

The Last Will and Testament of Bernice Pauahi Bishop
On October 31, 1883, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop signed her last will and testament establishing within the thirteenth codicil the charitable trust, Kamehameha Schools.

The Founding of the Kamehameha Schools
November 4 marks the official commemoration date of the founding of the Kamehameha Schools. In the fall of 1887, preparations for the opening of the boys’ school were nearly complete.