Mahalo to all who joined us on Ascension Day!

Ascension Day rekindles such fond memories for alumnae of the day when they, too, received their rite of passage.Ladies from the classes of 1948 to 2004 returned to campus on May 10th and concluded the day's celebration at the Alumnae Pāʻina.

The day began with chapel service in The Cathedral followed by a ceremony in the Coral Cross Courtyard.The cross was beautifully decorated with 5,000 blossoms to depict the hope of new beginnings as the junior and senior classes exchanged gifts of song.

Kumu Ipo and the Middle School Hui Hauʻoli chanted three oli to open the luncheon.The students were the youngest to perform at pāʻina, much to the delight of the audience.

Head of School Dr. Ruth Fletcher spoke of the achievements of the senior class and the many new developments at St. Andrewʻs Schools including the Ke Aliʻi collaboration with Kamehameha Schools, expanding The Prep through sixth grade, and gathering the constituents on Queen Emma Square.Trustee Judy Pietsch provided reflections from the Board and their appreciation for the support provided by the alumnae.

A special moment came with the presentation of the 2018 Queen Emma Alumnae Award to two very deserving alumnae. This year, the awards were brought home to campus and to a gathering comprised primarily of fellow alumnae.The recipients of our 2018 Award were Mahealani Cypher '64 for having dedicated her life to pubic service and the preservation of our islands, and Marlene Komoto Schick '82 for her gift of inspiring students to genuinely love learning and contributing to society.

The ladies laughed and reminisced and, for those celebrating their 60th and 70th reunions, marveled at how young they looked.