On March 31, Hawaiian Mission Academy hosted a tribute concert, in honor of Mary Kawena Pukui. Mary Kawena Pukui was one of HMA's first high school graduates and went on to contribute to the Hawaiian community in many ways.
Mary Kawena Pukui co-authored the Hawaiian-English dictionary in 1957, and also wrote 'Olelo No'eau, a book of Hawaiian proverbs and sayings. These two books are arguably her most well-known books but she wrote many others. She has been listed as a "Living Treasure of Hawai'i", was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, and is considered on the list of most influential women in Hawaiian history.
With all the contributions and accomplishments of Mary Kawena Pukui, HMA's Parent/Teacher Organization decided to hold a tribute concert and dinner in honor of her life. In recognition of Mary Kawena Pukui's contributions, Ei Nei (with HMA alumnus, Grant Kono) and legendary Hawaiian artists in Ku'uipo Kumukahi, Karen Keawehawai'i, Haunani Apoliona, and Jerry Santos performed in front of a sold-out gymnasium of over 300 attendees. As information spread around the island, the event was promoted on radio stations, television, newspapers, and social media. Click here for the TV segment that was on the evening news.
In addition to the musical performances, there was a vegetarian Hawaiian luau dinner headed by Marshall Freitas, (a parent and alumnus of HMA) along with a silent auction with donated items from the community. By the end of the evening, attendees from the community enjoyed wonderful music, ate delicious vegetarian food, contributed financially (over $18,000 in profit), and learned of Hawaiian Mission Academy.
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