Bernice Pauahi Bishop



Native Hawaiian philanthropist Bernice Pauahi Bishop was born on December 19, 1831 in Honolulu. Bishop was active in numerous charitable endeavors during her lifetime. She held leadership roles in an organization that assisted sick travelers and another that gave clothing to the poor. A witness to the slow destruction of the Native Hawaiian population and way of life, she hoped to revive Native Hawaiian culture through education. She did this by leaving behind her estate, which comprised roughly nine percent of the land in the Hawaiian Kingdom, to establish the Kamehameha Schools for children of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Today, these schools serve over 48,000 people through its preschools, K-12 campuses and community outreach activities.

Bernice Pauahi Bishop died in 1884 at the age of 52.


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