Awards and Recognition

Athletic Letters

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."

Awards

An individual award is presented for each sport honoring the most inspirational athlete. Other awards include:

Scholar Athlete Achievement Award

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.

Senior Plaque

Recognizes dedication and a long-time commitment to athletics. Athletes must earn three varsity letters in one sport or four or more varsity letters in two or more sports.

Athlete of the Year Awards

Every year, the O-Men and Pa`ani organizations jointly present an Athlete of the Year award to a boy and girl from each Academy grade level. These awards are:

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

Junior Athlete of the Year

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.

Sophomore Athlete of the Year Award

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

Freshman Athlete of the Year

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.

Eligibility

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.

Qualities Considered

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.

Punahou Inductees

Year Athlete(s)
2016 Emalia Eichelberger, Mariel Galdiano, ‘Aukai Lileikis
2015 Kawika Lam, Micah Ma‘a, Kanawai Noa
2014 Jasmine Mau, Larry Tuileta
2013 Carly Kan, Isaac Savaiinaea
2012 DeForest Buckner, Mindy Chow, Mysha Sataraka
2011 Chrissy Chow
2010 Taylor Crabb
2009 Kristin Lim, Aisha Price, Crystal Sims, Manti Te`o
2008 Daniel Chow, Jeeter Ishida, Shawna-Lei Kuehu, Erik Shoji, Michelle Yoshida
2007 Spencer McLauchlin, Miah Ostrowski
2005 Shanna-Lei Dacanay
2003 Rachel Kane
2002 Todd Iacovelli
2001 Milla Macfarlane
2000 Victoria Chang
1999 Brandon Brooks, Eri Macdonald
1998 Onaona Miller
1997 Parker McLachlin, Tehani Miyashiro, Michael Souza
1996 Jason Ching, Rachel Watson
1995 Jodi Jackson, Donny Utu
1994 Debbie Lambert
1993 Perry Lam
1992 Kena Heffernan, Ana Vidinha
1990 Christian Miler, Kevin Wong
1989 Kanoa Ostrem
1988 Jacob Garcia
1986 Trevor Schirman

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.