50th Anniversary Gala


-Celebrating 50 years of the KCS 'ohana-

Connection. Impact. ‘Ohana. The power of the KCS experience, pointing to God’s many blessings over the fifty-year life of the school, was evident during the 50th Anniversary Gala. Held at the Prince Waikiki on November 17, the event drew 400 guests, filling a ballroom of individuals whose lives have been positively impacted by KCS.

Thanks to the efforts of the 50th Anniversary Gala committee, a host of generous corporate and individual sponsors supported the endeavor, which also featured over 120 silent auction items. Guests enjoyed the excitement of the online bidding process, as several classroom artwork projects were some of the “hottest” items for sale. All funds raised benefit the newly established Ron and Dee Arnold Scholarship Fund as well as the KCS Annual Fund.

Alumnus Shane Goo and parent Richie Aqui shared their hearts for KCS, testifying to the values that have remained true since the school’s humble beginning in 1968. As a 6th grade graduate of KCS in the 1980s, Shane was provided with a strong Christian foundation, grounding his faith and leading him to give back as a former junior leader and now as a seasoned summer school and summer fun teacher. For Richie, the school’s loving and nurturing environment made an immediate difference in the lives of his sons while also drawing their family into the KCC community.

The joyous occasion of connecting the past with the present, reuniting former students with teachers, and remembering the school’s rich history ended on a poignant note. KCS honored Pastor Ron’s legacy through a video tribute, and students and staff sang and danced to a song he co-wrote, “Raise the Cross.” This moment was one of many in what was truly a beautiful event to give thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness through the years. As founding principal Mrs. McKenzie reflected in her video piece, the Lord is “behind all of this,” acknowledging that the Lord’s help and guidance is “the story of the survival and growth of Kaimuki Christian School.”