Li­holiho Will Honor Its Kumu In Gar­den Trib­ute

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - NEWS -

In honor of their late Hawai­ian kupuna, the fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents of King Li­holiho Ele­men­tary School will hold a trib­ute cer­e­mony at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 in the school’s Hawai­ian Gar­dens.

Kumu Poni, the school’s beloved Hawai­ian stud­ies teacher, died peace­fully in his sleep last month at age 51.

“ Our kinder­garten through fifth-grade kids are go­ing to sing and per­form var­i­ous songs that were spe­cial for Kumu, and they’ve also made trib­ute cards for his fam­ily,” said KLES prin­ci­pal Christina Small.

“We’re hold­ing it at our Hawai­ian Gar­dens be­cause the chil­dren planted ev­ery­thing that’s in it and were there to see it all grow, so it’s just a very spe­cial place.

“We re­ceived a grant and each of our stu­dents planted some­thing in the gar­den,” Small said, adding “Kumu would pick things from it to teach his lessons.

“It’s so beau­ti­ful and lush now, so it’s just the right spot for this cer­e­mony.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 733-4850.

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