Myron Arakawa ’66

Old School Awardee

Department: Alumni Profiles

2016 PAA AWARDEES

Each year, the Punahou Alumni Association recognizes a group of individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of others through service and contribution to the communities of Punahou, Hawai‘i and beyond. The individual stories of this year’s awardees feature diverse vocations, a variety of passions and an unwavering commitment to the School. Their achievements are an inspiration to the entire Punahou community.

Read additional stories in this feature by Richard Cox ’38, Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94, Lynne Johnson ’62, Eric Kusunoki, Allen Murabayashi ’90, Kahi Pacarro ’97, Kenneth Richardson ’48 and Loretta Luke ’64 Yajima.

Old School Award

The Old School Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Punahou through outstanding service to the School.

By Erin Teruya ’93 Kinney

When the Class of ’66 celebrated its 50th reunion in June, it was the culmination of months of planning, committee meetings, marathon phone calls and activities.

Many classmates point to one man – Myron Arakawa ’66 – for being the “heart leader” of the class and for cementing each person’s connection to each other and to Punahou.

“I credit Myron for his role of nurturing and strengthening the bond of friendship we have as the Class of 1966 through his all-inclusive leadership, a role he assumed when no one else stepped up,” says Suzy Kometani ’66 LaFountaine.

It was Arakawa who carried the torch for the 45th reunion after co-chair Hattie Eldredge ’66 Phillips passed away unexpectedly. Arakawa also stepped up to deliver the eulogy for Phillips at her public memorial service.

At a 50th reunion meeting, LaFountaine recalls Arakawa made white ginger lei for each of the women on the committee. “The giving of lei is so much a part of the Punahou culture, the fragrance of the ginger brings back the fondest of memories, and the thoughtfulness is so characteristic of the Arakawas,” says LaFountaine. “That gesture represents the heart of Myron Arakawa – an outstanding ambassador of the core values of the School, a dedicated leader of those who share the common privilege of attending Punahou beyond the Class of 1966, someone who goes beyond what is expected and more importantly, a true friend.”

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