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At Ala Moana Beach Park during winter, one can witness a frequent, counterintuitive sight: heavy outrigger canoes traveling on land, gliding and bobbing atop multiple legs and straining shoulders. The bearers are members of Punahou’s competitive paddling team, who carry the 40-foot-long wa‘a (canoes) from the park’s canoe halau across the road to the ocean at Magic Island for every practice or race and back again.
Bastketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Air Riflery, Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling.
Air Riflery, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.
For student-athletes, participation in a sport is not placed in a separate compartment from the rest of their school experience. Punahou’s mission is to educate the whole child and acknowledge each child’s gifts and passions, and it is clear that athletics – in addition to academics and other extracurricular activities – needs to be at the core of the learning experience for those students with an interest in sports.
Baseball, Golf, Judo, Softball, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing and Boys Volleyball
The Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics at Punahou. Initiated in 1980 by the O-Men, and revived in 2008 by both the O-Men and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou, honorees are inducted by ceremony and have their names listed on the Hall of Fame koa plaques that hang in the Athletic Office.
Since the creation of its first formal club in 1901, Punahou tennis has become one of the most decorated sports in the athletic program, rich with history and built on time-honored traditions and strong alumni support.
The teachings and wisdom of the late, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden fit perfectly with the mission of Punahou to develop students in mind, body and spirit. It was said that Wooden, who led the Bruins to 10 national championships in the 1960s and ’70s, never stressed the importance of winning, but instead emphasized the importance of personal growth and the team concept.
“Healthy and active for life” is Shelley Fey’s mantra. As Punahou’s K – 12 department head for physical education, she is downright serious about engaging students in physical activity that will, hopefully, last a lifetime. “Physical education is preparation for life – it teaches the knowledge, skills and confidence that our students will be able to use for the rest of their lives.”
For the past 68 years, Hawai‘i’s finest young athletes have been running in the Punahou Relays – longer than any other track and field event in the state.
It is difficult to understand the mindset of a swimmer and the concept of a swim team. A Punahou swimmer is likely to train year-round, sometimes twice a day.
Bastketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Air Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling.
On the evening of Nov. 23, 2013, the Buff ’n Blue made history with an undefeated season, winning both the ILH and state championships. The last time Punahou’s football team went unbeaten was in 1961, before the OHA-ILH split in 1970.
After “suffering” through fitness trainer Megan Clark’s boot camp, Punahou Athletic Director Jeaney Garcia limped away with two ideas: First, she had found an innovative new training method to introduce to Punahou coaches and athletes. And secondly, she had discovered a practical solution to a growing space problem in the School’s weight room. Garcia believed TRX training would offer a cutting-edge approach to train Punahou’s athletes for competition, and the compact nature of the TRX Suspension Trainers would ease the space problem in the School’s weight room, which Garcia says “was way beyond capacity.”
While team sports dominate during the academic year, summertime at Punahou bursts with alternative, integrated and off-campus activities that give new meaning to “physical education.”
One of the first things spectators at the newly renovated H. Gaylord Dillingham Tennis Complex will notice is the view. Not just the unobstructed perspective of all six courts, but of the structure itself.
The beginning of a Hall of Fame career is sometimes hard to recognize, even when it should be obvious. Kathy Kelley ’75 Carey was not a varsity letter winner in four sports – not even in one – nor does she hold any state championships to show for her time in Punahou athletics.
The 2013 inductees into Punahou's Athletic Hall of Fame represent a diversity of talents, sports and personalities. This year's 18 awardees span the classes of '52 to '89 and include six women, several of whom lived through the historic period of gender equity legislation ushered in by Title IX legislation.
Bastketball, Cheerleading, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Air Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling.
Elli Brady ’13 has been a cross country champion since she was a freshman – she made local headlines when she won her fourth straight individual ILH title last October – but it was a race she didn’t win that stands as her proudest achievement.
This past June, Punahou School hosted its second annual John R. Wooden Course Basketball Camp, the only camp in Hawai‘i to feature the skills and philosophy of the late legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach.
Two 1998 Punahou alumni were among the world-class athletes who competed at the 30th Summer Olympics in London, July 27 to August 12, 2012.
During the past two years, Lea ’13 has played the prima donna Carlotta in “Phantom of the Opera,” the desperate Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods” and the misunderstood Girl in “Hot l Baltimore.”
Cheerleading, Baseball, Golf, Judo, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo and Boys Volleyball
It’s day one of spring training. Coach Ken Smith, dressed in his signature long-sleeved T, cap, and wide-brimmed hat hanging off his shoulders, stands at the edge of Waterhouse Pool.
Basketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Precision Air Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling
Nanci Coolen, Punahou’s head coach for the girls varsity and junior varsity bowling teams for the past three years, has seen the popularity grow. About 6 years ago, there were barely enough girls to form a team, but last year’s tryouts brought out more than 45 girls, resulting in the addition of a second junior varsity team to meet the demand. Coolen credits this popularity with the numerous opportunities for meaningful athletic experiences.
Air Riflery, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.
Plan your week according to homework assignments. The exercise seemed simple enough for the coaches who gathered for the annual Fall Coaches Meeting in Thurston Memorial Chapel in July.
With more than 1,600 student-athletes in grades 7 – 12, instilling sportsmanship comes down to character, competence and compassion.
Baseball, Golf, Judo, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo and Boys Volleyball.
Just one of five simultaneous matches, the two-minute face-off between Prado and Maui High School's Ashley Mae Bumatay went by in a flash. First lingering with a head-to-head deadlock, the matchup quickly picked up speed with a sequence of quick tactical pulls, pushes and lunges before swiftly ending with a final takedown to the mat. After signaling the end of their first match, the ref raised Bumatay's arm in victory.
Basketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Rifelry, Soccer and Wrestling.
As hundreds of spectators cheer behind him, Glenn Beachy paces the sidelines and, with laser-like focus, observes every hit, tackle and block of Punahou's varsity football boys and their opponents. But unlike the roaring fans, Beachy isn't concentrating on the score or the last heart-pounding play. That's because as one of Punahou's three certified athletic trainers, he is looking for something that fans are not.
As I look back on the fall season, I am prouder than ever to be a Punahou alumnus and O-Men member. We won a thrilling game against ‘Iolani at our Flaming “P” homecoming and the entire event was a blur of student excitement and an amazing demonstration of school spirit.
One year ago, Jeaney Garcia took the reins as Punahou athletic director, overseeing 300 coaches and 116 teams in 21 sports. Inheriting a department that had already experienced dynamic success, 2010 proved to be another remarkable year. Punahou captured 17 state championships, five second-place finishes, 25 ILH championships and set a national record for winning 10 state championships in 10 days.
The O-Men typically take the summer months off and then regroup in the fall to begin the push toward our annual Kona Safari and the Punahou Carnival. This summer was no exception, although I am quickly learning that, as a Punahou parent, there really is no downtime!
As newly graduated seniors prepare to embark on their college journeys, many have dreams of playing sports beyond Punahou. A handful of students have signed letters of intent to play in college. Still more might dream of walking on to a team once they arrive at their college destination.
Baseball, Golf, Judo, Tennis, Softball, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing and Boys Volleyball.
This spring, Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou voted to support the varsity girls water polo team as it competed in a tournament in southern California.
As spring brings the sounds of feet sprinting on the track and balls cracking against baseball bats on campus, a much newer spring sport is gaining momentum offshore in the waters around Waikiki and Magic Island.
Basketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling
It was “That ’70s Carnival,” and Pa‘ani brought the Flower Power! Despite tough economic times, our donors, supporters and volunteers showed incredible commitment to Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou.
Punahou School's tennis `ohana came together in October to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dillingham Tennis Courts. The celebration at the President's Pavilion honored the 100-year history of the program, its continuing innovations and the families that have helped make it a living legacy.
Air Riflery, Bowling, Cross Country, Footbal, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.
During Pa`ani’s annual meeting in the fall, Athletic Director Jeaney Garcia shared new initiatives to promote athletic participation, sportsmanship and fulfillment. Garcia, whose energy, vision and skillful leadership already have brought us great inspiration, hopes to partner with Pa‘ani on the mutual goals of growing participation in all of Punahou's athletic programs and enhancing the programs already available to our female athletes.
Sports Illustrated named Punahou School’s athletic program No. 1 in the nation for 2008 – 2009, the second consecutive year the school has topped the list.
As a sickly child battling asthma, the young Jeaney Garcia was surprised when her doctor encouraged her to join the track and field team. "You want me to do what?" she thought. Running was the last thing on her mind, but Garcia reluctantly followed her doctor's orders.
Plans are underway for the construction of two new tennis courts above Wilcox Hall, part of a broad plan of improvements as Dillingham Tennis Complex celebrates its 60th anniversary this month.
The end of the school year was a grand finale for Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou. With so many of our athletes receiving both athletic and academic recognition at Punahou as well as across the state and nation, we were proud and excited for our graduating seniors.
Baseball, Golf, Judo, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing, Softball and Boys Volleyball.
Academy standout athlete Aisha Price '09 was worried last year when choosing colleges that she might face a tough decision between her two passions: soccer and water polo.
The spring season was such a success for girls athletics at Punahou. On April 8, we sponsored a night of girls water polo with pompoms and pizza as the intermediate team cheered on the varsity teams.
In his high school glory days, Tom Holden nabbed a football MVP as a running back. He's been running with the ball ever since.
Basketball, Mixed Paddling, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling.
Throughout the winter season, Carnival weekend and spring tryouts, one theme prevailed in the hearts of Na Wahine Pa`ani o Punahou: the total team effort.
During the last week of January, 35-plus members of the O-Men traveled to Kona to pick oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines and avocados to be sold at Carnival.
When Punahou defeated Leilehua on a breezy December evening at Aloha Stadium to win the school's first state football championship, it capped a year of historic accomplishments for the school.
Air Riflery, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo
First and foremost, a big mahalo to Nedra Dwyer ’90 Manson, our Pa`ani president who is stepping down after three years of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. Nedra diligently carried on Pa`ani’s great traditions during her tenure, and went above and beyond in her efforts to further the organization, broaden membership and make Pa`ani a great experience for all.
During any week, the Punahou locker-room staff is responsible for sorting, laundering, drying, folding and distributing more than 700 practice and game uniforms to Punahou’s athletic teams.
Na Wahine Pa`ani o Punahou has been supporting Punahou girls’ athletic programs, since their founding in 1975. The organization’s floral booth makes its appearance at the Carnival every year, raising money to help finance opportunities for female student athletes.
Before it gave rise to the nation’s No. 1 high school athletic program, this fertile patch on the island of O‘ahu endured a prolonged dry spell.
In the summer of 1947, Frank Belding, Punahou director of athletics and social studies teacher, led a band of boys on an 11-week camping trip across America. The Rover Camps of Hawai‘i was an epic, pioneering experiment in outdoor education.
Baseball, Golf, Judo, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing and Boys Volleyball.
Minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit – that was the temperature when we landed in Rochester, Minn. on January 2, 2008. If you’ve ever experienced temperature like that, you’ll know it’s cold.
Basketball. Paddling, Mixed Paddling, Riflery, Swimming/Diving, Soccer and Wrestling.
Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou’s flower booth at Carnival was a huge success again this year.
In late January, more than 30 members of the O-Men traveled to Kona to pick oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines and avocados to be sold at Carnival.
At the 2007 HHSAA (Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association) Athletic Directors’ Conference this past June, several new sports were approved for Divisions I and II state tournament format. The decision to add volleyball, baseball and soccer will have a positive effect on the larger schools in the ILH (Interscholastic League of Honolulu) with respect to tournament representation.
O-Men and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou are pleased to announce the return of Punahou's Athletic Hall of Fame.
In May 2005, Sports Illustrated ranked Punahou’s athletic program No. 4 in the nation, noting that Punahou has won 318 state titles in 20 sports. The magazine compared the athletic programs of the top 1,000 U.S. high schools over the previous decade, ranking them according to overall excellence and state titles won.
Above the muffled beat of rock radio, the metallic clang of weights and the rhythmic swoosh and whir of machines in motion fill the air. In one corner, two girls power through a grueling round of abdominal crunches; at the opposite end, a muscular boy shoulders a heavy barbell while spotted by his coach.
On April 19, after the Punahou vs. ‘Iolani game, we hosted a social that drew about 100 supporters, including athletes, parents and former players.
Baseball, Girls Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo and Sailing.
The board members of Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou gathered on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 to present a gas-powered golf cart to Punahou’s Girls Softball team and the Punahou athletic department.
Although Title IX legislation, passed by Congress in 1972, helped to increase the participation opportunities and college scholarships for girls and women in many sports, girls wrestling is still trying to gain the respect it deserves.
Basketball, Cheerleading, Paddling, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming/Diving and Wrestling.
We are happy to report that the O-Men hauled in over 18,000 pounds of fruit from areas ranging from Kaloko to Kealakekua Bay on Hawai‘i. No major injuries to report - just the wounded pride of many former athletes, who could barely walk after two days of picking oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines and avocados.
Na Wahine Pa-‘ani o Punahou’s major annual fundraiser is selling flowers at our booth at the Punahou Carnival. This year was a huge success thanks to our many dedicated members and generous flower growers.
During the course of a school year, Punahou’s athletic department will host more than 500 events, the majority of which are held on the campus.
The Labor Day trip to Seattle, “Northwest Passage 2006,” was the first time Punahou had sent combined student groups on a mainland trip. One hundred twenty-one students comprising Football, Girls Volleyball, Cheerleaders and the Pep Band journeyed to Seattle for four days to compete in athletics, visit colleges, experience Seattle and participate in a unique mix of Punahou and Hawai‘i community.
Air Riflery, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.
On October 20th, the O-Men had the pleasure of hosting a social that coincided with a Boys Varsity I and II Water Polo double header against Kamehameha.
It is with great pleasure that I take on the responsibility of leading Na Wahine Pa‘ani ‘o Punahou for the next two years.
Some gifts arrive wrapped in ribbons and bows. Others do not. For Punahou's Intermediate Boys and Girls Soccer players and their parents, one of their most cherished gifts is the husband-and-wife coaching team of Jo Ann and Tuitoga Moe.
Our summer hibernation was only temporary as Easton Manson ’91 led the O-Men campaign to raise $15,000 to assist student athletes with their travel expenses for the Seattle Labor Day weekend activities.
Two years ago, the first article I wrote for the Punahou Bulletin was entitled “The Life Lessons of Competitive Sports.” This being my last opportunity to speak as Pa‘ani’s president, I would like to revisit my original theme.