Parents

  • True Success Means Knowing How to Fail

    Author and Psychologist Argues Against “Over-Parenting”

    Summer 2013

    On her recent visit to Punahou campus, Madeline Levine is surrounded by adults who pepper her with questions and ask to take her picture. Warm and self-deprecating, she patiently responds to each request before slipping away from the fray to talk to two eighth-grade girls quietly standing off to one side.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Summer 2013

    This has been such a wonderful year, and I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve as your PFA President.

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  • Redefining Success

    Parent Education Fair advances dialogue on how best to support students

    Winter 2012

    “How might we, as parents and educators, show we value emotional health as much as academic success?” This was one of many similar questions discussed at the Parent Education Fair, organized by PFA’s parent enrichment committee to advance ongoing dialogues among the school community about issues affecting students’ lives.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Julie Buto

    Fall 2012

    On Oct. 6, the Parent Enrichment Committee presented a wonderful Parent Education Fair, which featured the thought-provoking film, “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” followed by small group sessions and a panel discussion.

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  • A New Chapter

    Parents Face Life After Graduation

    Summer 2012

    May Day is an appropriate analogy to describe the cycle of parental involvement at Punahou.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Sabrina Toma

    Summer 2012

    “Like a lei, we are connected.” So began the school year emphasizing a theme of unity and interdependence. The lei is an apt metaphor. As members of the Punahou community, we are each unique flowers all woven together into a stunning lei – a School that is a vibrant place of teaching and learning.

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  • Helping Hands

    Parents discover unexpected benefits of volunteering

    Spring 2012

    Alan Kido knows where the proverbial bodies are buried. But his noteworthy tidbits are reserved for the prospective out-of-state parents who are lucky enough to land a coveted spot on one of his Punahou campus tours. Like Carnival, Variety Show and Graduation, Kido’s tours make the short list of popular Punahou PFA experiences.

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  • The Minds of Boys and Girls

    Winter 2011

    If you want to understand a fundamental difference between males and females, give dolls to a group of 3-year-old boys and 3-year-old girls, and watch what they do. Girls cuddle the dolls, brush their hair and relate to them. Boys, on the other hand, may throw them at each other or turn the figures into swords. As any parent of a boy understands, males often relate to each other by throwing objects.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Sabrina Toma

    Fall 2011

    My official introduction to Punahou began 11 years ago one muggy August afternoon amidst the Wilcox lower playground swings.

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  • Buddy Up

    Parents share through the PFA’s Parent-to-Parent Buddy Program

    Summer 2011

    So much energy revolves around the application and acceptance process that many parents find themselves surprisingly lost on the first day of school.

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  • Letter From the PFA President

    Gail Sakamaki ’82 Grief

    Summer 2011

    We have the ideal trifecta at Punahou, where parents, faculty and administrators continuously collaborate for the betterment of our children. We model ways for them to become independent, engaged and successful in matters like school, athletics and work, as well as ways to become a valued member of our community. In accepting the position of PFA President, I was aware of the responsibilities that lay ahead of me, but I have to admit, knowing the support I would receive from this “Punahou trifecta” was quite comforting.

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  • Life at the Tank

    Parents help maintain a Carnival tradition

    Spring 2011

    Lia Howe, Holly Moy, Deanna Sivik and Tammy Yee spend most Wednesdays and Saturdays in the "Tank," a large cement bunker on Rocky Hill where the Punahou community can drop off their once cherished clothes, household goods, treasures, toys and books.

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  • A Day of School for Parents

    The Parent Education Fair provides skills and encouragement for parents

    Winter 2010

    Internet safety. College prep. Cyberbullying. All of these topics have something in common – they are all difficult issues for parents to address with their children.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Gail Sakamaki ’82 Grief

    Fall 2010

    I remember walking with each of my four kids, on four different occasions, into Wilcox Hall on their first day of school. They were bright-eyed, excited, and ready to embark on a 13-year journey as a Punahou student.

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  • PFA Sustainability Efforts Go 'Papergoodless'

    Summer 2010

    Imagine children in K – 1, from the very first stages of learning at Punahou, understanding why we should reduce waste. Imagine students in second grade and beyond incorporating sustainable practices in their daily lives at school. Imagine those students growing up to be mindful stewards of their communities as they move beyond Punahou. That will most certainly be transformational change.

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  • Behind the Scenes at Carnival 2010

    Spring 2010

    Every February, Punahou Carnival attracts people of all ages for games, rides, food and much more. But as you take in the Carnival sights, sounds, smells and tastes, do you ever pause to ponder how it all comes together? Not long after one Carnival wraps up, planning for the next one begins. By fall, the busy work is well underway. Here's a behind-the-scenes look.

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  • Speaker eschews search for self-esteem

    New approach needed, psychologist Rob Evans says

    Winter 2009

    For an entire generation of parents, the effort to boost a child's self-esteem has been the Holy Grail of raising children. Its elusive existence and magical promise kept parents on an endless quest to capture it for their children.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Jasmine Mau-Mukai

    Fall 2009

    One summer Saturday morning on my way to the cafeteria to help with jams and jellies for Carnival, I paused to watch the construction at Wilcox Hall. The changes briefly saddened me. Except for the main building, the rest of the physical structures are gone. Gone is the walkway where I once held my daughter, Cara’s, hand as we walked to and from her kindergarten class, the Wilcox C Rainbows. I was a kindergarten room parent, like many others.

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  • Psychologist Encourages Parents to Accept Children for Who They Are

    Overemphasis on Performance Creates Unhappy Kids, Levine Says

    Summer 2009

    Dr. Madeline Levine’s description of a new demographic of “at-risk” children is frighteningly familiar. These children are affluent.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Summer 2009

    As another school year ends, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the 2008 – 2009 PFA board of directors, Wendy Bazemore, Lee Ann Ichimura, John Field Jr. ’72, Jim Scott ’70, Maureen Dougherty ’71 Scott, Laurel Bowers ’71 Husain, Mike Walker, Kevin Conway, Bruce Schauble, Wendi Kamiya, Kevin Kawahara, members of the PFA, the chaplains, Luke Center, faculty, staff, volunteers and so many others for their assis- tance, support, hard work and generosity.

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  • Chavez’s Granddaughter Keeps Spirit Alive

    Shares Childhood Memories of Famed Civil Rights Activist

    Spring 2009

    If example is the best teacher, Julie Chavez Rodriguez had one of the greats showing her the way to give of oneself for the good of others – her grandfather, activist Cesar Chavez.

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  • Computers and Ethics: A Brave New World

    Winter 2008

    Every time I watch my children pound away on their Punahou laptops, I sense how little of their world I understand. Their fearless cyber-activity is sweeping them into a universe that I don’t know and can’t control. In the years between Pokemon and Facebook, I’ve tried to regulate their Internet activity with a fumbling mixture of prying, spying, time limits and rules.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Fall 2008

    On June 7, 2008 (06-07-08!), the Punahou Class of 2008 officially graduated in a ceremony marked by tradition and joy and a few tears. I can proudly say that my son Alex is now a Punahou alumnus and I know that my daughter Katy’s (’12) turn will come all too soon.

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  • Talking on Technology

    Summer 2008

    As parents, the key questions we face when contemplating technology are: Would we allow our kids to do something that we don't know how to do? Are we comfortable getting out of our kids’ way and letting them use their innate ability to explore new media?

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  • The Tradition of Carnival

    Spring 2008

    The roots of Carnival trace back to 1914 when Punahou (then called Oahu College), held a Carnival Week during which parents of boarders were invited to rent rooms on campus for a small fee. According to a report issued by Punahou President Arthur F. Griffiths, the sleepovers generated a $19 profit.

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  • Myths and Realities of College Admission

    Winter 2007

    On October 18, over 200 parents crowded into Thurston Chapel to hear the presentation, “Myths and Realities of College Admission,” the third of five PFA-sponsored parent education forums scheduled for the fall semester.

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  • The PFA Legacy

    Fall 2007

    On June 2, 2007, Punahou President Scott ’70 awarded diplomas to 430 ecstatic seniors at the Neal Blaisdell Center. The occasion marked a milestone, as the class of 2007 began kindergarten during Dr. Scott’s first year as president of the school.

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  • Flying In Formation

    Summer 2007

    Wasn’t it just yesterday that I wrote my first article for the Punahou Bulletin as president of the PFA? This past year has definitely proven the adage “time flies when you’re having fun” (or was it “time flies when you get old?”).

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  • Another Grand Tour

    Spring 2007

    In his best-selling book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins explores how great companies stay excellent over time and what distinguishes them from the competition. I was particularly struck by Collins’s findings on how leaders formulate a company’s direction.

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  • Letter from the PFA President

    Winter 2006

    What is your passion? I believe finding our passion is part of education, and there is really no better place than Punahou School to experiment and discover what that may be.

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  • The Gift of Possibilities

    Fall 2006

    Fall is always such a great time of year: full of the possibilities brought forth by the start of a new school year.

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