2008 Athletic Hall of Fame

Department: Athletics

O-Men and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou are pleased to announce the return of Punahou's Athletic Hall of Fame. Please join us for a special ceremony on April 6 to honor 13 outstanding athletes who dazzled us with their grace, courage and commitment.

Hall of Fame 2008 Honorees

Clint Albao '63
Norm Chow '64
Chris Duplanty '84
Glenn Goya '73
Tracy Kunichika '81
Walter Macfarlane '62
Ralph Martinson
Norbie Mendes '61
Susie Mills '78
Kim Pennington '82
Nolan Ramirez '71
‘Ia Saipa‘ia '76
Kathy Shipman '79
Cynthia Stehouwer '82
Chris Woo '76

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Cynthia K. Stehouwer '82

Cynthia Ku‘ulei Stehouwer '82 lettered in Varsity AA basketball, softball and volleyball for all four years of high school. Playing in ILH and state championships for basketball and volleyball, her prowess on the courts commanded numerous awards, including ILH Player of the Year in 1981 and State All-Tournament Team Most Outstanding Player in 1979.

Stehouwer attended the University of California, Berkeley where she became a four-year letter winner in basketball. In 1985, she was crowned MVP in the Golden Bear Classic Tournament. Her accomplishments off the court were no less outstanding.

In 1985, she was named California Scholar Athlete by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), an award recognizing the graduating senior with the highest grade-point average among member schools. The AIAW also bestowed on her its prestigious All-California Award. She graduated in 1986 with a degree in business administration.

Stehouwer has served as a line referee for women's volleyball, taught sports at Punahou and Star of the Sea School, and instructed students at the University of Hawai‘i in surfing, windsurfing, canoe paddling and skin diving.

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‘Ia Saipa‘ia '76

In 1976, ‘Ia Saipa‘ia rackedup a scorching 38 points in Punahou's state championship basketball game, a record that remains untouched to this day.

Raised in Kalihi's Ku-hio- Park Terrace, Saipa‘ia came to Punahou in 1972. He played Varsity basketball from 1974 to 1976, co-captaining the team his last two years. He also ran track. Considered by some to be one of the best basketball players from Hawai‘i in the last 30 years, the 6'1" Saipa‘ia was named to the 1st team All-State Basketball in 1974-1976, 1st team ILH Basketball in 1974-1976, and was a two-time ILH and State Basketball Champion.

Saipa‘ia attended San Diego State University and finished his studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Despite playing basketball for only two years in 1978-1980, he became the school's sixth all-time assist leader with 229 assists, and fifth all-time free thrower at 83.6 percent. In 2002, Saipa‘ia was inducted into UH-Hilo's Hall of Fame.

Saipa‘ia's proudest moment may have been in 1980 when he received his bachelor's degree in social work, becoming the first of 11 siblings to graduate from college. Saipa‘ia currently works as a senior superintendent for Matson Navigation.

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Clint Albao '63

Those who knew Clint Albao '63 on the field remember him not only for his personal athletic achievements, but for his exemplary leadership skills. He distinguished himself in baseball, basketball and football, garnering nine Varsity letters.

He was a three-year starter in baseball and one of only 14 players selected from Hawai‘i and California to tour Japan. In basketball, he was a three-year Varsity starter, going to the state finals all three years. In football, he broke the ILH all-time pass reception and yardage record.

Doug Bennett, a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee, wrote, "What stands out most significantly was [Clint's] impact and leadership in three different prime Varsity sports over three years. Not only was Clint a multiple- year 1st Team All-City/League performer in every sport, but he was also instrumental in leading those teams to multiple and/or undefeated state championships."

After graduation, Clint continued to play baseball at Whittier College in California. He made the All-League in his junior year and went on to lead the league in hitting his last two years. Clint and wife Nancy Freeman '63 Albao now live in Temecula, California.

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Tracy Kunichika '81

Less than a year after Tracy swung her first racket, she won the Hawai‘i Kai Junior's 10-and-under title. In 1977, at 15-years-old, she was the youngest player ever to be ranked #1 by the Hawai‘i Tennis Association. Tracy played Varsity tennis for Punahou, winning state singles for three consecutive years from 1979 to 1981.

Her other athletic achievements are equally impressive: She won the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) Girls championship three years in a row (1979 - 1981), and was ranked #1 in Hawai‘i Women's tennis for each of those years. She became an honored Scholar-Athlete during her senior year at Punahou, and was offered tennis scholarships from a host of schools.

The school that won her heart, however, was Harvard University, where she went on to play on the Women's Varsity team from 1982-1984 in both singles and doubles. After graduating from Harvard, Tracy attended University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and worked at investment banking firm Salomon Brothers. She became vice president of Hambrecht and Quist in 1998 and a director for Merrill Lynch in 2000. She is currently president of the American Society for International Shanti, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco and Karnataka, India.

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