About this Area
“Lei Kalauao i nā momi o ʻEwa.”
The pearls of ‘Ewa proudly adorn Kalauao.
This is a metaphor that likens Kamehameha Schools’ work to stringing together a beautiful lei.
In times past, this area named Puʻuloa was well known for its pearl oysters, which provided the inspiration for its English name “Pearl Harbor” and is the historical basis of the metaphor.
Continuing the metaphor, nā momi, or the pearls, represent the rich resources from the natural environment, a person, a program, business, or an educational opportunity.
As Kamehameha Schools strings together the lei by convening people or bringing the right resources together, we create a product or system with synergy, whose combined beauty and value outweighs that of its constituent parts.
We link the pearls of the ʻEwa region and showcase them as a lei in the Kalauao ahupuaʻa.