Buff 'n Blue Journal

  • Presidential Search Update

    Fall 2017

    On May 2, 2017, President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year in 2019. Following the announcement, Punahou School embarked on a search for its 17th president, aiming to build on the enduring vision and trajectory achieved under Scott’s leadership.

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  • Greg Dickhens ’87 Joins Board of Trustees

    Fall 2017

    In October, Greg Dickhens ’87 was elected to the Punahou Board of Trustees. Dickhens, the principal and chief investment officer at Trinity Investments, LLC, is an alumnus who is engaged with and dedicated to the School.

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  • Volunteer Leaders 2017 – 2018

    Fall 2017

    Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Punahou O-Men, and the returning president of Nā Wāhine Pā‘ani o Punahou. Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful for these leaders and the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to these key organizations.

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  • Teachers Strand Brings Together Global Educators

    Fall 2017

    This summer, the three-day Global Education Teachers Strand brought educators from nine different countries together on Punahou’s campus. During the fifth annual workshop, which coincided with the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), teachers discussed and explored what it means to be a global educator.

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  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

    Fall 2017

    These Punahou seniors were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top 1 percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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  • Exclusive Screening of ‘Composed’

    Fall 2017

    In September, Dillingham Hall served as the location for the exclusive Hawaiʻi screening of “Composed,” a film by John Beder. The documentary explores the often taboo topic of performance anxiety within the context of professional classical musicians, showing its effects and the strategies musicians use to manage it.

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  • Alumni Reunion Giving Hits All-Time High

    Fall 2017

    Alumni from classes ending in 2 or 7 set a new record for reunion giving this year by raising nearly $10 million in gifts and increasing participation to 33 percent. These totals topped the 2016 record of $7 million and 31 percent participation.

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  • Students Promote Peace in Japan

    Fall 2017

    Hiroshima Peace Scholars Sydni Au Hoy ’18, Micah Nishimoto ’18 and Kevin Nguyen ’18 prepare to take the 1,000 cranes they folded to the Children’s Peace Monument at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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  • President Jim Scott Announces Intent to Retire

    Summer 2017

    President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire as president of Punahou School at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “It is with deep gratitude to Punahou School for my experience over the past 23 years that I make this announcement,” said Scott, anticipating the completion of a 25-year tenure in 2019.

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  • Carter Nakamoto ’17 Named Presidential Scholar

    Summer 2017

    Recent graduate Carter Nakamoto ’17 has been named a 2017 Presidential Scholar. Nakamoto is among 161 high school seniors across the country chosen from a pool of over 5,100 invited qualifying graduating seniors. One other Hawai‘i student, from Kalani High School, was also named a Presidential Scholar.

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  • Students Revive Sustainability Fair

    Summer 2017

    This year, the first-ever student-run Sustainability Fair brought a popular tradition back to campus in a renewed format.

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  • Athletic Service Awards Honor Visionary Coaches and Trainer

    Summer 2017

    In May, honorees of this year’s Punahou Athletic Service Award were recognized as champions for athletics at a reception at the President’s Pavilion.

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  • PUEO Awarded for Excellence in Summer Learning

    Summer 2017

    The Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School was recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) as a 2016 Excellence in Summer Learning Award winner. Award recipients were chosen for demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and prompting healthy development for low-income students.

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  • From Doodler to Published Illustrator

    Summer 2017

    Author Booki Vivat didn’t set out to write a book. In fact, she never intended for her work to be seen. It was during a team dinner at Harper Collins Publishing where she was exposed as an illustrator after one of her coworkers saw her planner.

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  • PFA Volunteers Recognized For Going ‘Above and Beyond’

    Summer 2017

    The Parent Faculty Association (PFA) annually presents its Above and Beyond awards. Award recipients, whose last child is graduating, are recognized for having gone “above and beyond” as PFA members, leaders and volunteers.

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  • Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63 Joins Board of Trustees

    Spring 2017

    In January, Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63 was elected to the Punahou School Board of Trustees. Kosasa, a renowned infertility specialist and professor emeritus at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at University of Hawai‘i, is an active and dedicated supporter of the School.

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  • 2017 Spirit and Service Speaker: Carissa Moore ’10

    Spring 2017

    Between her travels to surf destinations around the world, three-time world surf champion Carissa Moore ’10 visited Punahou to speak to Punahou’s youth as this year’s Spirit and Service Speaker.

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  • Brain Symposium

    Spring 2017

    Each year, Punahou hosts a multi-day Brain Symposium for educators with a focus on learning and the brain. This winter, Punahou welcomed Dr. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, who offered keynote addresses and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics supporting classroom teaching and curriculum development.

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  • Punahou Wins Three CASE Awards of Excellence

    Spring 2017

    The launch of Ku‘u Punahou, the Punahou Bulletin and the 175th anniversary celebration were recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), each receiving a 2016 CASE District VII Award of Excellence.

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  • Learning the Story of O‘ahu

    Spring 2017

    In February, Kuaihelani Learning Center for Hawaiian Studies was home to a 20 by 40 foot map of O‘ahu which featured Hawaiian place names and was designed using hundreds of maps from the 1800s and 1900s.

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  • Visualizing A Close-Knit Community

    Spring 2017

    Chloé Selarque ’11, an artist and teaching assistant in the Academy art department is engaging Punahou’s community through an art installation project of four floor-to-ceiling sized looms set up in Cooke Library Learning Commons, Bishop Learning Commons (BLC), Luke Center and the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.

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  • Tuskegee Airman Inspires Students

    Spring 2017

    On Feb. 2, 2017, decorated World War II Tuskegee Airman Pilot Colonel Charles McGee visited campus and met with JROTC cadets and students. His career in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force spanned 30 years and 3 wars, where he flew 409 aerial combat missions.

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  • Finding Connections Through Art

    Spring 2017

    As part of their studies of “makai,” K – 1 students’ learning is focused on the ocean, which extends to Arlene Merritt’s art class.

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  • Doors to Many Mansions

    Spring 2017

    Celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of Thurston Memorial Chapel’s 32 copper panels which grace its koa entrance doors.

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  • Letter Exchange Bridges Gap Between Generations

    Winter 2016

    “Interested in getting to know some of the sophomores better?” This was a question sophomore teachers posed to the Punahou community. “We’re looking for adults from across campus to volunteer for a project that involves personal correspondence via handwritten letters with a sophomore this fall.”

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  • BLC Models Future Junior School Learning Commons

    Winter 2016

    The Bishop Learning Center (BLC) has primarily served as the library for grades 6 – 8, but this year students in grades 2 – 5 who previously frequented the Julia Ing Learning Center are also welcome to use the revamped space.

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  • Alumni Come to Campus for a Lesson in Art History

    Winter 2016

    Alumni returned to Punahou as students for the first-ever class of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue,” a new alumni education program. Baroque art in the age of science was the topic.

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  • Showcasing Students’ Global Travels

    Winter 2016

    The many international programs supported by Wo International Center this year were on display at Wo Global Journeys, an evening event on Oct. 18 that gave parents and students a chance to learn about the programs directly from students who participated in them.

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  • Henry Somerville named Director of Tennis

    Fall 2016

    Henry Somerville assumed the role of Punahou’s director of tennis last spring. In this position, he oversees the School’s tennis operations including PE classes, after-school programs, ILH teams and community tennis opportunities.

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  • Educators Expand Their Learning Over Summer

    Fall 2016

    The fourth annual Global Education Teacher Strand, facilitated by Dr. Robyn Borofsky ’99 Vierra, grade 4 teacher at Punahou, and Usha Kannemadugu, digital learning coordinator at Pathways School in India, brought educators from Hong Kong, Jordan, Sweden and beyond to Punahou.

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  • Pan Pacific Program Focuses on Hawaiian Studies

    Fall 2016

    For three weeks this summer, students from around the world, including two Punahou students, participated in the Pan Pacific Program at Punahou School’s Wo International Center. The program, which focuses on Hawaiian cultural studies as well as environmental studies, was led by Wo International Center’s Jade Sunouchi ’02 and Ke‘alohi Reppun ’99, grade 7 social studies faculty.

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  • SGLI Students Collaborate on Global Conservation Efforts

    Fall 2016

    Eighty-two high-school students from 26 schools in 11 countries took part in the seventh annual Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) held this summer at Punahou. For the second year, the program was also offered to middle- school students, bringing together 27 kids from five countries.

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  • Students Promote Peace in Japan

    Fall 2016

    Hiroshima Peace Scholars Julia Kim ’17 and Anli Valdez ’17 spent a week in Hiroshima where they attended a forum for peace at Jogakuin High School, an independent school for girls, and stayed with host families to experience Japanese culture.

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  • Students Travel to China for Global Natural History Day

    Fall 2016

    In July, students from around the world convened in Shanghai, China, for Global Natural History Day (GNHD). Of the 18 competitors from Hawai‘i, two were Punahou students and four were students from the Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou.

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  • National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

    Fall 2016

    These Punahou seniors were named 2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top one percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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  • Volunteer Leaders 2016 – 2017

    Fall 2016

    Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou and the returning president of Punahou O-Men.

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  • Two Seniors Named Presidential Scholars

    Summer 2016

    Recent graduates Michael Chen and Eileen Liu have been named 2016 Presidential Scholars from Hawai‘i. Chen and Liu were among 160 students across the country chosen from a pool of 5,600 qualifying graduating seniors.

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  • WASC Accreditation Team Visits Campus

    Summer 2016

    This spring, an accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) spent four days on campus visiting classrooms and meeting with School leadership, faculty, staff and students to learn all they could about Punahou.

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  • Second- and Third-Graders Enter Their New Home

    Summer 2016

    On August 25, the first portion of the new neighborhood for grades 2 – 5 opens, welcoming second- and third-graders to their new home for the next two years. Funded with a generous lead gift from the Kosasa family, and designed in close collaboration with Junior School faculty and administrators, the two-story studio buildings will eventually be home to grades 4 – 5.

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  • Junior School Assistant Principals Announced

    Summer 2016

    Junior School Principal Dr. Paris Priore-Kim ’76 announced the appointments of Dr. Chase Mitsuda ’98 and Dr. Todd Chow-Hoy as assistant principals in the Junior School, with Mitsuda taking on the role of dean of faculty and Chow-Hoy becoming dean of curriculum.

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  • Ian Okamoto ’91 Assumes K — 1 Supervisor Responsibilities

    Summer 2016

    Ian Okamoto ’91 will assume the role of K – 1 supervisor in preparation for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Junior School Principal Paris Priore-Kim ’76 announced the appointment, welcoming Okamoto to the Junior School Administrative Team: “We look forward to Ian’s leadership.”

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  • Reydan ‘Tita’ Ahuna Named Athletic Director

    Summer 2016

    Reydan “Tita” Ahuna has been named Athletic Director for Middle School and Coaches’ Professional Development. She joins Athletic Directors Kale Ane ’71 and Jeff Meister to complete the athletic department leadership team.

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  • Athletic Service Awards Honor Inspiring Coaches

    Summer 2016

    Three Punahou coaches and teachers, Joan Pratt ’47, Gordon Scruton ’51 and Ken Smith, were awarded the Punahou Athletic Service Award for their contributions to the School’s athletics and PE programs.

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  • PFA Invests in Lifelong Learning

    Summer 2016

    Capping off a year celebrating its 100th anniversary and Punahou’s 175th anniversary, the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) made a significant contribution to the School and its future. On May 13, the volunteer organization presented a check for $100,000 to Punahou President Jim Scott ’70 to establish an endowed fund for bringing inspirational and educational speakers to the School.

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  • PFA ‘Above and Beyond’ Awardees

    Summer 2016

    The Parent Faculty Association (PFA) annually presents its “Above and Beyond” awards. Award recipients, whose last child is graduating, are recognized for having gone ‘above and beyond’ as PFA members, leaders and volunteers.

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  • “Magic Penny” Drive

    Spring 2016

    Student voices reverberated throughout the room as kindergarten and first-grade students sang “Magic Penny” with Chaplain Lauren Medeiros during chapel on Jan. 26, 2016.

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  • Grades 2 — 5 Neighborhood Construction Update

    Spring 2016

    The grades 2 – 5 neighborhood project continues on schedule for a fall 2016 opening. At the end of January, the large construction crane that shared the Punahou skyline for three months left campus. The crane, which stood nearly 200 feet tall, was used to install structural steel for the first four classroom buildings in the new learning environment.

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