I Mua Magazine: Spring 2021

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INVESTING IN THE LĀHUI

“Going to Kamehameha Schools, I realized I was getting an opportunity that so many other people didn’t get. That made Kamehameha Schools our first choice for giving.” Cody Yancey KSK’06

ody Yancey KSK’06 remembers his teachers from orchestra, speech and debate, and AP economics. In any school system, a student is often lucky to have one memorable teacher; Yancey had several and remembers them in detail.

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“It takes a really special instructor to make you interested in AP economics,” he said, with a laugh. A KS student since the second grade, Yancey went on to attend the Colorado School of Mines to study electrical engineering, where, on the first day of school, he met the woman who would become his wife and the mother of their three children. His wife, Sarah Yancey, laughs when remembering “the Hawaiian kid” who showed up to the first day of school in August wearing a flannel jacket and snow pants. “He has a lot of qualities and skills that are not shared by everyone I meet,” Sarah said. An Omaha, Nebraska, native, Sarah went to a Catholic high school before meeting Cody at the Colorado School of Mines.

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“It’s clear that his teachers and his participation in clubs were very formative for him, and I’m happy to be giving to such a great school.” “We are religious people,” Cody said. “I’m Episcopal, Sarah is Catholic, and our family is Catholic in practice. There’s a strong culture in the Catholic church. The things that you have built, you didn’t build alone. The birth of our daughter inspired me to reflect on my education; made me realize how important it is that this legacy continue. By giving to Pauahi Foundation, we are investing not just in skills, but in culture, in infrastructure, in technology; all the things that make the lāhui richer. “I couldn’t tell you what the precise moment was,” Cody said, recalling the moment they decided to give to the future generations of ‘ōiwi leaders by donating a cumulative $37,500 over nine consecutive years. “But I felt like it was a gift from God. Our life is a gift, and God would want us to do something meaningful with it. “Through Kamehameha Schools, more people discover their uncommon abilities – because we were given an uncommon education – and give back. That’s not something I can say about

Cody Yancey KSK’06 and his wife Sarah have donated a cumulative $37,500 to the Pauahi Foundation over nine consecutive years. The Yancey ‘ohana has grown to include Holly Pōmaika‘i (seated), Matthew Kaleialoha (with Cody) and Leslie Mokihana (with Sarah).

every cause we give to. Not that they aren’t worthy causes, but I have seen what Kamehameha Schools can do to make those dreams come true, and to build success for our community.” With your kōkua, we can help our keiki thrive and become the ‘ōiwi leaders of tomorrow. Make a gift to the Pauahi Foundation today by visiting Pauahi.org/give.