Educators Celebrate King Kamehameha in D.C.

President Gotanda and VP Moku participating in annual King Kamehameha lei draping at the US Capitol

This weekend, Hawaiʻi Pacific University traveled to Washington D.C. in honor of King Kamehameha and the annual lei draping ceremony at the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. 

Joining representatives from regional alumni associations of Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaiʻi and Punahou, as well as Hawaiʻi’s Congressional Delegation and elected officials from the state, President John Gotanda and Samuel Moku showed their appreciation for King Kamehameha through the ceremonial presentation of lei. The event also included mele and hula to celebrate Hawaiʻi’s heritage and culture. 

“Leaders inspire us to greatness,” said Moku. “In that way, tradition is as much about the future as it is about honoring the past. 

Moku will co-advise Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s Hawaiian Club, beginning this August 27. The Hawaiian Club, which will collaborate with similar clubs at UH and Chaminade, will connect HPU’s students with Hawaiian leaders, such as Nainoa Thompson, and leaders in culture, education and community, such as Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Stay connected to HPU ‘Ohana News and HPU social media for details about the Hawaiian Club.

To view a short video of the lei draping ceremony, click here.