Letters from the Pa`ani and O-Men Presidents

Department: Athletics

Na Wahine Pa`ani o Punahou

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. Such fundraising would not be possible without the contributions of neighbor-island growers like Carver Wilson ’70 of Maui Floral, whose business sends protea and other exotic tropical flowers all over the world from his farm in Kula, Maui, near the slopes of Haleakala. Though Carnival falls near Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest times of the year for Wilson’s company, he never thinks twice about donating flowers and greenery to the Pa`ani booth each year. “One’s involvement with Punahou goes beyond one’s school years,” Wilson said. “I’m glad to be able to help.”

Carver Wilson ’70 of Maui Floral, a steadfast Pa‘ani floral donor.

Pa`ani president Nedra Manson’90 said that the generosity of Wilson and other growers keeps the booth in business. “Last year, Carver had to move his protea farm and replant all his flowers on another plot of land,” Manson said. “My understanding is that it was a hard year for them, but they still donated without hesitation.


Join the O-Men as we kick off another year of supporting boys’ athletics at Punahou. Meetings are held at lunchtime the first Monday of each month at the Pacific Club. All are welcome. Please contact Chris Eldridge at celdridge@mattressteam.com for more information.

Here’s what some of our members have to say about their involvement with O-Men:

“Whether it’s cheering for the teams, putting on the Punahou Relays, or running the produce booth at Carnival, the O-Men bridge the heritage and traditions of the athletes and teams that came before and after me. Being a part of the O-Men is my way of returning what others did for me and to help future student/athletes.”

Mel Ing ’68

“I originally joined the O-Men to stay involved with the school that gave me such a great academic and athletic experience. After six years, the involvement in the group has evolved to be a positive part of my professional and personal career. I have met a number of alumni with similar interests, graduating classes from the 1950s through 2000. Because the group’s primary focus is athletics, volunteer activities are always fun and rewarding.”

Mike Wells ’89


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