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.