Love Stories

Some met and fell in love while still in high school. Others reconnected later at reunions or class get-togethers. For at least one couple, photos in the Class Notes section of the Punahou Bulletin served as kindling for a renewed relationship. Another couple got engaged and married on campus, complete with a buff ‘n blue color scheme! And there are still more weddings in the wings.

Just as Punahou is the common thread of our friendships, it also bonds our love relationships. Enjoy these stories of connection and love. To submit your Buff ‘n Blue Forever love story and photo, email lovestories@punahou.edu.

  • Richlen Nakamoto ’90 and Nikki Adam ’91

    In high school, we were both shy. We’d smile at each other in passing, hoping the other would say hello but neither of us brave enough to do so...

  • Mark ’79 and Jill Suzuki ’80 Haworth

    In June 2017, the Haworths will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary!...

  • Mark ’81 and Lisa Merrill ’81 Hemmeter

    It all started in 3rd grade when Mark signed Lisa's Na Opio. Then we were in Mr. Badham's homeroom in the Academy. It wasn't until Ed Sultan's ’81 18th birthday party that sparks flew...

  • Maile Hirota '86 and Ray Sandla '76

    We met on a blind date. The people who set us up did not know about our Punahou connection...

  • Luke Untermann ’10 and Carissa Moore ‘10

    We started dating during the second semester of our senior year at Punahou. Our best friends were dating at the time, and we started hanging out thru them. I don't think he knew I existed until our friends introduced us, but he was on my radar for a long time!...

  • Kevin ’89 and Kristin Oliver ’89 Penn

    My wife and I met while in high school at Punahou. Both of us graduated in 1989. Kristin Penn (née Oliver) and I were close friends throughout our time at Punahou and through our 20s...

  • Bruce ’75 and Laura Mayfield ’75 Fink

    Bruce and Laura’s friendship started in 1971, when they were Punahou School eighth graders, and it continues through their 36 years of marriage. Brothers George Fink ’73 and Jim Mayfield ’73, cross-country teammates, both take credit for introducing them, as the elevator doors opened at the nearby Makiki Towers condominium...

  • Joe Weismantel ’00 and Aimee Grace ‘00

    Joe Weismantel ’00 and Aimee Grace ’00 became close friends in sixth grade during Mr. May's class. They used to play together at Barwick playground after school and had countless adventures together at Punahou...

  • Jeremy Kort '04 and Amanda Di Bella '03

    Although we attended universities in different states, we met during college and dated long distance for over two years. We tied the knot in 2012, and it's now been 12 years since our first date! Today, we are living happily in Hawaii with our rambunctious toddler and cute bunny...

  • Duncan ’46 and Brucie Cruickshank ’46 Carter

    Duncan ’46 and Brucie Cruickshank ’46 Carter first met in the fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in downtown Honolulu. They were classmates in sixth grade, taught by the legendary Mrs. Jessie N. Boyrie. They met again in 10th grade at Punahou...

  • Chris '00 and Lauren Yuen '00 Gouveia

    We are both in the Punahou Class of 2000. We think we became friends in our sophomore or junior year through mutual friends and shared classes. We kept in touch while we attended separate colleges on the mainland at a time when Instant Messenger and cellphones made it easier to overcome long distances...

  • Kent ’86 and Shawn "Possie" Dudgeon ’86 Badham

    We are raising our three children at the same beach that we were engaged and married at in 2001...

  • John ’64 and Carolyn Kuulei Lundquist ’64 Madison

    We had been high school sweethearts. We began dating in our junior year and were "a couple" until just after graduation. We went our separate ways to college, close enough that we could still see each other but far enough apart that, eventually, we separated and went our own ways. For 37 years, we had no contact...

  • Dave ’87 and Heidi Fountain ’87 Yee

    I met Heidi when we were both freshmen at Punahou. We quickly became fast friends, and then best friends, but it wasn’t until the morning after our class graduation party that we finally held each other's hand ... and never let go...

  • Nick ’99 and Karuna Sasman ’99 Torres

    We are Nick ’99 and Karuna Torres... now. When we met, she was Karuna Sasman ‘99. Although we were classmates in high school, we never really got the chance to meet...

  • Jim McCandless ’64 and Sue Bolling ’64 Diers

    This coming weekend, Carolyn Lundquist ’64 Madison and I will travel to Portland, Ore. where I am honored to have been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the wedding of two more of our Class of '64 classmates, Sue Bolling Diers and Jim McCandless...