Share a Memory

Whether it was weaving your lauhala headband for your third grade luau, performing in Variety Show or reconnecting with classmates during your 50th reunion, share a favorite memory of Punahou. Your story will be posted on this page and added to a digital memory book for the Punahou Archives.


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  • Sacred and The Word “Sacred”

    Mary Bargion ’66
    Posted June 1, 2016

    Mary Bargion ’66 wrote this poem to honor her beloved Hawai‘i after attending Punahou's 175th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. Mary shared the poem with Punahou in celebration of her 50th reunion in 2016.

  • Orchestra Goes Down Under in ’83

    Christopher W. Chang ’84
    Posted May 23, 2016

    The Punahou Concert Orchestra toured Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 1983. We stayed with host families. One host mother served me undercooked rice that had been prepared in the microwave. The rice was still crunchy!

  • A Lifelong Love of Music Inspired by Mr. Sprenger

    Jeannette Lim ’78 Graycar
    Posted May 23, 2016

    I walked into the Orchestra Building for Ed Sprenger's Beginning 7th Grade Strings class and was immediately overwhelmed by the sound and energy all around me...

  • Barwick's Banyan

    Cathy Lee ’80
    Posted May 19, 2016

    I remember climbing the banyan tree beyond the painted lines near the top and being sent to the principal's office. We were in first grade and my best friend Dawn Kaleialoha (rip) and I were terrified and thought we had done the worst thing ever in the world.

  • A Poem For Paul Nelson

    Cheryl Mailer ’63
    Posted April 25, 2016

    I wrote this poem to express my gratitude to my Junior and Senior year English teacher, Paul Nelson. He taught English and American Lit for five years in the ’60s. (Click here to read Cheryl's poem).

  • Mrs. Winne, "Old Plantation"

    Clinton Basler (1936)
    Posted April 25, 2016

    I feel a little strange, claiming Class of 1936. I attended only 2 years, ’24 and ’25, then off to the Mainland. Not too many memories, but definitely Mrs. Winne requiring memory of "Old Plantation nani oe."

  • Six Generations at Punahou

    Nani Hoogs ’68 Christensen
    Posted April 1, 2016
    I love everything about Punahou. I enjoyed my 6 years as a student and my 17 years teaching. I love seeing my classmates at reunions. But the best memory was from the summer of 2015. I was back to teach up at the K-1 Neighborhood. My granddaughter came with me to take Marine Biology and two dance classes. She enjoyed all of it. And for five weeks I could say that the sixth generation in the family was at Punahou and the third generation was attending the Punahou Dance School.
  • 10 Special Teachers at Punahou

    Lonnie Wiig ’59
    Posted March 16, 2016

    Lonnie Wiig ’59 shared this list of 10 Punahou teachers that he truly appreciates from 1953 - 1959.

  • My Kindergarten Interview

    Carly Schnack '22
    Posted February 1, 2016

    I was walking up the stairs of the old Wilcox building about to take my class interview each step creaking under my feet. That day changed my life.

  • The Senses of Carnival

    Justin Ligsay ’12
    Posted November 4, 2015

    The sounds of malasada dough hitting the oil as it's dropped in to the frying pan, the roaring of the Pharaoh's Fury rocking its screaming riders back and forth, the smell of perfectly prepared cheeseburgers, the white elephant line that snakes its way throughout the baseball parking lot and the laughter of family and friends whose eyes are glued to the big screen at the science center. These are just a few senses of carnival.