Volunteer Leaders 2017 – 2018

Department: Buff 'n Blue Journal

Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Punahou O-Men, and the returning president of Nā Wāhine Pā‘ani o Punahou. Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful for these leaders and the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to these key organizations.

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Parent Faculty Association

PFA is a volunteer organization of parents, faculty and staff, dedicated to supporting the School's vision, programs and activities.

Cheryl Kuroda ’88 Looper

www.punahou.edu/pfa

What do you hope to achieve as president of PFA this year?
I hope to see both new and seasoned families get involved in activities and step into leadership positions to keep the PFA going strong. I have been so enriched by being a part of the PFA, and I’d love to see more parents and families experience the learning, fun and lifelong friendships that take place while giving back to this incredible school community.

What PFA event are you most looking forward to?
For incredible connections and learning, I’m looking forward to the PFA Education Fair where we hear national and local experts speak on parenting topics.

Favorite Carnival food?
If I have to pick just one, I’d have to say malasadas, of course!

How did you first get involved with PFA?
I started as Room Parent in my daughter’s kindergarten class.

Final thoughts?
I want to send a big mahalo to all of the volunteers that make the Punahou experience more fulfilling for our entire ‘ohana.

Looper has been active with the PFA for 10 years and is mother to Lura ’21.


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Punahou Alumni Association

PAA organizes and participates in educational, social and cultural programs that reach, connect and engage alumni.

Christian Fern ’93

www.punahou.edu/paa

What do you hope to achieve as president of PAA this year?
My goal is to expand the personal engagement between the PAA Board members and our regional chapters and groups looking to become chapters.

What PAA event are you most looking forward to?
Although I enjoy all of the PAA events, I always look forward to playing in the PAA Golf Tournament. It’s great to see alumni from graduating classes spanning over 50 years enjoying themselves during an afternoon of fun and fellowship, with a little golf interspersed.

Favorite Carnival food?
Everyone has to have a malasada or two (or 12!) at the Carnival, but growing up, I loved the Korean plate. Nowadays, I have to say that I always look forward to the gyros!

How many years have you been involved with PAA?
I first got involved with PAA while I was in high school. At the time, the PAA Board included representatives from the senior class. I was reintroduced to PAA in 2009, and have been on the board ever since.


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Punahou O-Men

Punahou O-Men is devoted to enhancing students’ athletic experience, and providing a venue for fellowship among former athletes.

Jon Everest ’92

www.punahou.edu/o-men

What is your favorite O-Men event?
Our annual trip to Kona to pick fruit for Carnival. It’s amazing that approximately 30 guys can pick 15,000 pounds of fruit in two days. While it’s a lot of work, we have a great time with a very diverse group of alumni.

What do you hope to achieve as president of O-Men this year?
We are very close to meeting our fundraising goal of $175,000 set in 2016 in honor of Punahou’s 175th anniversary. Contact me if you’d like to contribute!

What events are the O-Men planning for this year?
In addition to our usual events, such as the Kona Safari, Carnival and the Punahou Relays, we are looking forward to new social and service events which will increase O-Men participation at Punahou sporting events, and we hope this will foster a greater sense of community between students and alumni.

Favorite Carnival food?
Of course it’s the gelato and sorbetto we serve at the O-Men booth. Prepared by Kenwei Chong ’89 of La Gelateria and using fruit that the O-Men picked on the Big Island and O‘ahu, there is no better way to cool off on those hot Carnival afternoons.

Everest has been active with O-Men for 10 years and is father to Elyse ’24.


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NĀ Wahine PĀ‘ani o Punahou

Pā‘ani’s mission is to support athletic participation throughout all grade levels and to enhance the girls athletic programs.

Meleana Carr ’05 Wolf

www.punahou.edu/paani

What are some highlights from the past year?
Carnival was an incredible success. We featured a variety of handmade floral arrangements and had amazing support from our volunteers. In January, Pā‘ani and O-Men organized a “mixer” networking event, which provided great fun and camaraderie for our alumni groups.

Can you share examples of how Pā‘ani supported students last year?
We donated new equipment – iPads, tripods and cases – to the athletic department to help student-athletes improve their technique. The video equipment will increase participation on HUDL, an online recruiting tool for college coaches. We also partnered with the Punahou Summer School course, “Girls in the Wilderness,” to provide students with new sun-protection gear for their adventures.

What are your plans for your second term as president of Pa‘ani?
We are planning a “Pā‘ani Flower Picking Trip” to a neighbor island to collect flowers for arrangements and lei for our Carnival booth. It will be an amazing bonding experience.

This will be Wolf’s second term as president of Pā‘ani. She is a kindergarten assistant teacher at Punahou and the varsity II paddling coach.

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