Awards and Recognition
Athletic letters are awards given to students at the varsity, junior varsity and intermediate levels of every interscholastic sport. Although each sport has its own requirements to be fulfilled before a letter is awarded, the letter winners are generally chosen for their ability and participation in the sport.
Punahou traditionally awards the school letter “O” to boys who achieve the status of letterman. This practice was begun when Punahou was known as Oahu College and has continued although the name of the school has changed. Girls who achieve letter status receive the letter “P.”
An individual award is presented for each sport honoring the most inspirational athlete. Other awards include:
Scholar Athlete Achievement Awards go to seniors who earn at least a 3.33 cumulative GPA, a minimum of three Punahou varsity sports letters spanning at least two school years, one of which must be earned in the senior year, and receive no citizenship grade below B during their junior and senior years.
The following awards are made to outstanding all-around athletes of the year at each grade level in the Academy:
C. Dudley Pratt Award
Senior Athlete of the Year
The honor, initiated in 1957, is awarded to the graduating seniors (male and female) who have contributed the most to Punahou athletics by athletic achievement and sportsmanship during their high school careers, as determined by the school coaching staff.
McEldowney-Matthias Memorial Award
A koa bowl presented in 1947 by the Class of 1938 in memory of their classmates, Robert A. McEldowney and Gwynn Matthias, casualties of World War II, goes to the boy and girl making the best contributions in citizenship, scholarship and athletics in the junior class. The winners' names are engraved on this perpetual trophy, and each winner receives an individual koa bowl.
Na Wahine Pa'ani o Punahou/Punahou O-Men
This award, started in 1992, recognizes the grade 10 girl athlete and grade 10 boy athlete who have demonstrated "ability, team spirit, dedication and support of others."
Billy Weaver '62 Award
The Billy Weaver Memorial Trophy was initiated in 1959 by the Class of 1962 and is dedicated to Billy Weaver, "whose warm friendship and honest ways have won the love and respect of all who knew him." The trophy perpetuating his memory is awarded each year to the outstanding freshman athlete - sportsman and sportswoman.
HHSAA Hall of Honor
The Hawai`i High School Hall of Honor was established in 1982 by Nissan Motors to recognize "athletic excellence and accomplishments of Hawai`i's high school athletes." In 2004, the Hawai`i High School Athletic Association Foundation assumed responsibility to continue this prestigious tradition.
Each year, 12 student athletes are selected for induction into the Hall of Honor by an independent selection committee. Each honored student athlete also receives a $2,000 college scholarship.
Students in the State of Hawai`i who are participating in any sport(s) approved by the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association, and who are completing their senior year of high school, are eligible for consideration.
Athletic achievement is given primary consideration by the selection committee. Other factors considered include:
- contributions to the team
- versatility in sports
- sportsmanship and dedication
- character and behavior on and off the playing field
- standards as a student
- role in school activities outside sports
- involvement in the community
Hall of Champions
Designed in 1995 by members of Punahou's two primary athletic booster groups, the Punahou O-Men and the Na Wahine Pa`ani O Punahou, the Hall of Champions celebrates Punahou's numerous athletic victories and championships.
Dedicated on May 17, 1996, the mission of the hall is "to record the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and Hawai`i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) varsity championships achieved by the student athletes of Punahou and to perpetuate Punahou's athletic tradition by honoring past champions and inspiring present and future participants."
Residing in the Thurston PE Center, the hall includes more than 30 koa plaques representing the sports in which Punahou participates, and a variety of pictures of both past and present Punahou athletes and teams. Each plaque contains a short narrative of the sport's history and bronze championship labels, which list the year of the league and state victories along with the head coach's name.
A short ceremony is held each spring to recognize that year's champions and to update the hall. Team captains, head coaches, parents and school representatives take part in the ceremony, after which people are invited to tour the hall and share in the successes of Punahou's teams.