In February, Bill White, a retired Navy Seal and owner of Hale Kea Farms in Waimea, visited the Parker campus as part of the school’s Speaker Series. He spoke to a group of juniors and seniors in the Parker School Theatre about his experience as a Navy Seal.
The Speaker Series, the brainchild of school supporter Rea Callender, was launched in 2005, and brings in two to three speakers per year, all of whom are deemed successful leaders in their field. They are invited to speak to and inspire juniors and seniors who are readying for college and the future. Past presenters include George Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse, Peter Merriman of Merriman’s Restaurants, and bestselling author John Saul.
Originally from Irvine, California, White spent three years in the armed services as an officer and a Navy Seal after graduating from Stanford University in 1962. He then started Arrow Rigging and Construction Company and built and managed the Orange County International Raceway. In 1972 he founded Blanco Investments & Land, Ltd., a development and financial planning business. Hale Kea Farms in Waimea makes up the Hawaii division of that company, and is where White has lived for the last 35 years. He is involved in numerous local and national philanthropic organizations.
White’s message of giving nothing less than your best and never giving up seemed to hit home with all the students, regardless of whether they were considering a military career. White read to his audience the quote attributed to Winston Churchill, “Never, never, ever, ever, give up,” as well as an excerpt from the book The Heart and the Fist by Navy Seal Eric Greitens. White said that the title alone captures what Navy Seals are taught: “that there are times when you have to be tough and times when you have to be compassionate,” and the importance of discerning between the two.
As part of his presentation, White shared a video of him as a Navy Seal, jumping from a plane, and also showed country star Keith Urban’s video of the hit song For You, which was written specifically for the 2012 movie about Navy Seals, Act of Valor. All proceeds from that song go to the Navy Seals Foundation, of which White serves on the board of directors.
Of his experience at Parker, White said, “Overall, I didn’t know what to expect. My first thought was that I’d be facing a bunch of teens playing on their iPhones. But I was so impressed with the attentiveness of the kids, (and) the way they reacted (to the presentation). A couple of kids came up and thanked me afterwards, and I really appreciated that.”
Parker School extends heartfelt thanks to Bill White for his time with the students and to his wife Lynn White for her support and attendance.
Join us for Kahiau, our 9th annual auction gala on March 8, 2014 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.
Kahiau Auction Gala for Financial Aid Set for March 8
Join us for Kahiau, our 9th annual auction gala on March 8, 2014 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. All proceeds from the event go to financial aid at the Parker School. The Hawaiian word kahiau means “to give generously from the heart,” and every year Parker puts on the gala so our ‘ohana can come together in a fun way to provide educational opportunity for children in our community.
Attendees will enjoy a sit-down dinner and have the opportunity to bid on hundreds of exciting silent and live auction items such as: six nights at the Four Seasons in Bali; a fishing adventure in Alaska; a Marriott stay in Costa Rica with partial airfare included; golf at the exclusive Nanea course; original paintings by Martha Greenwell, Harry Wishard, Emrich Nicholson, Joshua W. Miles and many other artists; private guitar lessons with slack-key master John Keawe; private pupu party for 20 catered by Lisa Vann of The Fish and The Hog; a three-night stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa packaged with an exclusive tour of Hirsch Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast; jewelry, health and spa packages, fine dining experiences, and much more. Please visit our Kahiau web page to learn more and to preview items in our online auction catalog. Do check the catalog frequently as we continually add new items. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to bid on items by proxy, please contact the Advancement Office (contact information below).
Guests can also participate in activities at the event such as “First Bidder Frenzy” in which they will have the opportunity to win a prize (last year’s prize was an overnight stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai), and “Bubbly & Bling,” for the chance to receive elegant, high-end, custom-made jewelry by Simply for Fun jewelry company.
The Fairmont Orchid is generously offering discounted room rates starting at $189 per night for Kahiau attendees. Availability is limited, so as soon as you RSVP for the event, contact the Fairmont Orchid at 808-885-2000 to make your reservation. Parker School is grateful to the Fairmont Orchid and all of the generous sponsors, donors and attendees who make our auction event possible. Remember, over 50 percent of Parker families receive financial aid, and Kahiau, our largest fundraiser of the year, is key in making this possible. We look forward to seeing you there!