Letter from the Pa‘ani President

Department: Athletics

By Nedra Dwyer ’90 Manson
2006 – 2008 Pa-‘ani president

Na Wahine Pa-‘ani o Punahou’s major annual fundraiser is selling flowers at our booth at the Punahou Carnival. This year was a huge success thanks to our many dedicated members and generous flower growers. We were also fortunate to have board members Sue Chouljin and Yolanda Deweese co-chair the flower booth, as their organization and persistence made our flower booth run like a well-oiled machine.

Over the years, the P a-‘ani booth has been filled with flowers, including king, mink and pincushion protea. We have also sold vibrant anthuriums and a large selection of tropicals like heliconia and ginger. We are able to offer such a varied collection of flowers due to the generous donations from growers on Maui, Hawai‘i, and O‘ahu. This year was a challenging one for our growers due to the drier weather and recent high winds that destroyed many of their crops. However, despite the adversity, all of our growers still donated beautiful flowers and greens this year.

Pa-‘ani would like to thank Carver Wilson ’70 of Maui Floral, Adrienne Morine ’50 of Pueonui Farm, and Jim Bolte of Sullivan Farm – these Maui growers continue to amaze us with their beautiful flowers and greens. We would also like to thank Norma Watts of Always Anthuriums, Mike Inouye of Pacific Floral Exchange, Eric Tanouye of Green Point Nurseries, and Margaret Kincaid of Floral Resources. For many of these Hilo growers, this year was their first time donating to Pa-‘ani.

Many of the neighbor-island growers deliver their flowers to Aloha Airlines which generously ships the flowers to O‘ahu. This year, Hilo resident Jean Takase, whose grandchildren attend Punahou, drove around Hilo collecting flower donations and delivered them to the Hilo airport. Mahalo, Jean!

We also received tropicals and greens from John Morgan ’74 of Kualoa Ranch. Even though many of their plants were shredded by the high winds that blew through Kualoa Valley earlier in the week, the Morgan family generously kept up their tradition of giving.

Thanks to Monty Pereira of Watanabe Florists, this was the first year that Pa-‘ani offered roses for sale. Booth co-chairs Sue Chouljin and Yolanda Deweese originated the idea of wrapping the roses individually and selling them outside Dillingham Hall before and after Variety Show. We hope this can become a P a-‘ani tradition.

Thanks to Carol Ai ’73 May and Steven Ai, City Mill continued to show their support by replenishing our supply of buckets which we needed to store and display flowers.

Our beautiful flower arrangements helped make Pa‘ani’s Carnival booth a success and we are grateful for the amazing talents of Sandi Sheeley and Lacey Pfeffer. Not only did these ladies come Friday and Saturday mornings to create the beautiful flower arrangements, but they also brought their own supplies. Thank you, Sandy and Lacey for making our booth a resounding success. We hope to hold workshops this year so that other Pa‘ani members can join our flower-arranging team.

A big mahalo to all the Pa‘ani members and friends who helped set up the booth, worked the many Carnival shifts and helped with clean up. We thank all our growers and volunteers for joining us in supporting girls athletics at Punahou.

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