Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha celebrated its birthday by honoring their founders in song and dance. The Kauai school is the only Hawaiian Language-Niihau Dialect Immersion school in the state. It was founded in 2001 by five tenacious and determined women: Annie Kamakahikilani Kelley Kanahele - Mama Ane Kanahele, Jean Ileialoha Keala Beniamina- Mama Ilei Beniamina, Josephine Kaohuokalani Kelley - Tutu Pine Kelley, Lina Kawahinekaulana Kanahele Kaaumoana - Mama Lete Kaaumoana and Rhoda Susana “Sana” Kahale Pahulehua.

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Although the founders have all passed away, their mission to strengthen and perpetuate the Niihau dialect of Hawaiian among the children and youth of the Niihau community on Kauai lives on through the hard work and dedication of the school's leadership, teachers, and families