Letter from the O-Men President

Department: Athletics

By Michael T. Pfeffer ’87, 2010 – 2011 O-Men president

As I look back on the fall season, I am prouder than ever to be a Punahou alumnus and O-Men member. We won a thrilling game against ‘Iolani at our Flaming “P” homecoming and the entire event was a blur of student excitement and an amazing demonstration of school spirit. Having a first-grader gives one an entirely rein- vigorated view of life at Punahou! Thousands of us spent hours sliding down the hill on cardboard, cheer- ing our team to victory on upper field, and engaging in a cacophony of musical school spirit in the gym before heading out to the actual burning of the “P” on Rice Field. It is always a truly amazing display of school spir- it and reminds us all why Punahou is so special and what a first-rate academic and athletic experience our students have. For all of you who were unable to attend, I urge you to find a way to attend next year – it really is a one-of-a-kind event!

We will be gearing up for our annual Kona Safari to pick fruit for the O-Men booth at the Punahou Carnival.The safari will take place on January 27 – 29 on the Big Island and anyone who is interested in attending may email me at michael@kolohala.com. Given the extreme drought conditions prevalent on the Big Island this year, and our continued desire to diversify our produce offering, we are also looking to alumni who have fruit trees and/or vegetables for contribution. We would especially like to find a significant source of taro, bananas, papaya, breadfruit and specialty citrus on O‘ahu. Please contact me if you think that you can con- tribute. We will be happy to send a crew to pick and transport produce the week of Carnival!

While we continue to face challenging economic times, the O-Men have weathered these challenges well and are in a great place to continue to work with the School to provide the best possible experience for our stu- dents. I encourage any interested individual to join our group to help support Punahou and its students. We meet on the first Monday of each month at noon atThe Pacific Club. As always, your first lunch is free! If you are interested in joining the O-Men, please email Chris Eldridge ’87 at chris@mattresstream.com.

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