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by Chuck Cordill, Staff writer

 

Ernestberg, a Honolulu native, was a graduate of Kailua High School. She began her career as an admissions secretary at Hawai‘i Loa College and worked for HPU’s Career Placement Center after Hawai‘i Loa merged with Hawai‘i Pacific in 1992. She went to the Mail Processing and Distribution Center the following year, where she eventually became HPU’s Bulk Mail manager.

“ Kala,” as she was known to her friends and associates, was frequently involved in University functions. She could usually be found at graduation ceremonies, cheerfully handing out commencement programs to family and friends entering the Waikiki Shell’s front gate. Later, she would bestow congratulatory flower leis on her former student workers and others she met through her years on campus.

Kala was involved in HPU’s Hawaiian Club and served as a staff advisor for some time. She also was a big Sea Warrior sports fan, frequently attending matches and games to lend her support. Her hefty collection of media guides from various Sea Warrior athletic programs was a testament to her support and was used on several occasions as a resource by members of the Kalamalama sports staff.

Kala will be missed by her co-workers, staff, faculty, and the scores of students around the world whose lives she touched.
 
Chuck Cordill and Kala Ernestberg.
Photo by Steven Lum
 

 

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