Travel Blog

Punahou music ensembles are sometimes afforded the valuable opportunity of traveling for performances. The following is a record of some of those experiences.

  • Final Day in China

    March 26, 2016

    Students performed for the final time in China alongside the Guangzhou Youth Symphony. With members from all over the Guangdong area, the youth symphony performed various pieces for individual instruments and for the entire symphony ...

  • Touring Guangzhou

    March 25, 2016

    The Punahou Orchestra students continued to tour Guangzhou, starting off the morning by visiting the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University and attended various English classes ...

  • Amazing Martial Arts Demo

    March 24, 2016

    Before leaving Foshan for Guangzhou, students visited a martial arts school. The performance that was put on for the orchestra made some students gasp and cover their eyes during certain demonstrations ...

  • On to Foshan

    March 23, 2016

    Students left Zhongshan in the morning and took an hour and a half bus ride to the city of Foshan. Foshan's population is about ten times that of Zhongshan, and students were able to see both old and new architecture across the city ...

  • Cuiheng Village and a Concert!

    March 22, 2016

    Everyone started off the day visiting Sun Yat-Sen's hometown, Cuiheng Village. They learned about Sun Yat-Sen's upbringing and more about his travels to Hawai‘i when he was younger, which helped to inspire him later in China ...

  • Visiting Sun Yat-sen School

    March 21, 2016

    Punahou students visited two schools today, spending most of the time at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School. The symphony members were amazed by the beauty and sheer size of the school. They had the opportunity to interact with students there ...

  • Exploring Zhongshan

    March 20, 2016

    The day consisted of a ferry ride between cities and a little time to explore Zhongshan. Zhongshan is the birthplace of Sun Yat-sen, a student at Punahou during the 1880s. It is certainly a different city than Hong Kong – Zhongshan is much smaller ...

  • The First Look at Hong Kong

    March 19, 2016

    The Symphony began their day in Hong Kong at Victoria Peak, a mountain that overlooks the entire city. Unfortunately, the morning fog that day was so dense and unrelenting that the students were unable to see the city at all. Despite the weather conditions ...

  • Symphony Orchestra is off to Asia!

    March 18, 2016

    After a full day of traveling from Honolulu to Incheon to Hong Kong, the Punahou Symphony Orchestra students slowly trudged into their hotel at 1 in the morning, exhausted and looking forward to a clean room to sleep in. Despite the 14 hours of total flying time ...

  • And Another Parade!

    January 2, 2016

    Today was another opportunity to share aloha in California. The marching band joined the parade down Main Street at Disneyland as part of the final day of their trip.

  • Parade Day!

    January 1, 2016

    The Punahou Marching Band was prepared – students could unload buses in under two minutes, begin marching in the parade while the rest of the band was unloading, and perform at their best passing TV cameras broadcasting their performance to 80 million people ...

  • Final Practice and Prep

    December 31, 2015

    The second and last California rehearsal, held at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, undoubtedly became the most meaningful one for staff and students alike. With a rousing speech from Dr. Fullmer, director of bands at Snow College ...

  • Get Ready for the Parade

    December 31, 2015

    Watch the Rose Parade with this official digital program.

  • Jazz Band Performs

    December 30, 2015

    A busy day for the Jazz Band began with a workshop led by Sal Lozano. After a quick lunch, they arrived at Hollywood Backlot Stage to perform for an enthusiastic audience of family members, students and other Disneyland guests. ...

  • Bandfest and Preparations

    December 29, 2015

    First up for the day: a band group photo in front of Rose Bowl Stadium. Then, the band had the opportunity to walk through the tent that housed many of the floats that will be seen in the parade and view the preparations ...

  • Practice and Disneyland!

    December 28, 2015

    An 8 a.m. rehearsal at Kennedy High School gave the band a chance to brush off any dust that might have accumulated since their last rehearsal in Hawai‘i. Though much of the band would have named Dillingham Hall as the coldest place they’ve played in ...

  • Departure and Arrival in California

    December 27, 2015

    The Punahou Marching Band touched down in Los Angeles at 4:30 this morning–half an hour before the scheduled arrival. As groggy students filed off plane, the 45˚ weather served as physical proof they had left Hawai’i ...

  • Follow the Punahou Marching Band

    December 17, 2015

    The Punahou Marching Band is heading to California to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. There are other opportunities to see them!