Aloha, ʻO wau ʻo Kumu Kawehi Housman. E like hoʻi me ka ʻōlelo a nā kupuna, “He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina.” Ua pūkoʻa wau mai kēia ʻāina ʻo Puna a ua lilo wau i luhi no Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu ma ka makahiki 2012. Ua puka pū wau mai ke kai hohonu ʻo BYU- Hawaiʻi me ka mēkia Hoʻonaʻauao Kula Haʻahaʻa a me ka Haʻawina Hawaiʻi. E like hoʻi me ka nuʻukia o kēia kula, “No ʻaneʻi ko kākou ola,” ua kāhea hou ʻia wau i ka mole me ka manaʻo e māhuahua i nā haumāna makamae a kamahaʻo o kēia ʻāina kaulana i ka paia ʻala i ka hala.
I am Kumu Kawehi Housman. Our ancestors said, “From a small coral grows an island.” I sprouted here in Puna and became an alumni of Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu in 2012. I also graduated from BYU-H with a major in Elementary Education and Hawaiian Studies. Just like the vision of this school, “We Are Of This Place,” my ties and pilina with this area has summoned me and brought me back to my foundation to cultivate these precious students of this land that is known for its sweet hala fragrance.