Letters from the Pa`ani and O-Men Presidents

Department: Athletics

Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou

By Noel Pacarro ’98 Brown, 2009 – 2010 Pa‘ani President

Pa‘ani Grant Aids Sports Teams

It was “That ’70s Carnival,” and Pa‘ani brought the Flower Power! Despite tough economic times, our donors, supporters and volunteers showed incredible commitment to Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou. Every athlete learns that it takes hard work, dedication and teamwork to achieve goals. The vitality of our organization, the quality of our donations and exceptional efforts of our volunteers, contrasted with this period of economic rebuilding and recovery, are evidence of these lessons put into action in the real world. We are grateful for the continued support of our members, parents, donors, coaches and administration to keep our organization thriving to benefit our female athletes!

This year, one of Pa‘ani’s goals is to become more effective and streamlined, as many corporations are doing during this period of economic recovery. One example of our strategic plans in action is the creation of our grant application. This new application, provided to all our coaches, allows each team to envision a way to enhance the experience of its athletes. Teams can submit an application for a grant ranging from $500 to $4,000. We welcome participation from every program, and hope to make at least one grant per season. So far this year, Pa‘ani has supported the Division I basketball team in its trip to Arizona. We also will be assisting the Division I water polo team as it competes in Southern California this spring. Besides grants, we have been supporting our athletes at paddling meets, alumni soccer games and volleyball championships, just to name a few.

It’s been a fabulous year for our athletes and our organization. This spring we will cheer on our athletes and making a difference! Don’t forget to sign up for leis at graduation, our year-end fundraiser! As always, you can learn more at www.punahou.edu/paani. Go puns!

O-Men

By Michael T. Pfeffer ’87, 2009 – 2010 O-Men president

O-Men Support Carnival, Sports in Public Schools

The Punahou O-Men had another successful “Kona Safari” this year, picking more than 15,000 pounds of avocados, oranges, pomelo and other citrus. We are extremely grateful to the families that allow us to pick fruit on their properties.

It has been tremendous to see the camaraderie and friendships that have developed between the many regular Kona Safari attendees — several have been attending for more than 40 years while others are “Rookies.” Together, they manage to pick between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds of fruit in two days, pack it all up and get it back to O‘ahu in time for the Carnival. The Kona Safari is a highlight of the O-Men experience and I heartily recommend that any interested O-Man sign up for next year’s event!

In addition to our Kona Safari/Punahou Carnival duties, the O-Men raised $7,500 for the Save Our Schools program, spearheaded by Keith Amemiya ’83. We are proud to have been able to help support after-school sports in the public school system during these challenging economic times and we thank all our donors. We also look forward to our next fundraising opportunity as we continue to assist Punahou School in maintaining its position as the No. 1 high school sports program in the country!

Finally, the O-Men is always seeking new members and we hope that you will join us at our meeting the first Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at The Pacific Club, where we hear a Punahou guest speaker and an update from our athletic director. We hope you will get involved.

Kona Safari Mahalos:

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following families, companies and Big Island members for their assistance and generosity:

Chris Eldridge ’87; John Field ’72; Peter Greenwell ’57; Doug Beaton; Kale May ‘83; Justin Yamamoto ’73; Al Valentine; Tony Kane ’86; Scott Craven ’88; Michael “Moose” Mullahey ’90; Glenn Hong – Young Brothers; Albert Shiotsuka – Kona Trans; Chris and Lorri Redlew – Pacific Transfer; Malia May ’84 Lageman – Cardinal Mailing Services; Roy Honda – Kona Farm Bureau; Nani Lee – The Food Basket, Hilo; Betty Beck – The Food Basket, Kona; Guy Lam – Keauhou-Kona Construction Co.; Gary Hogan – Royal Kona Resort; Councilman Kelley Greenwell; Greenwell family; John Honl; Jerry and Ann Magoon; Peter ’57 and BJ Wikeen; Donny Kobayashi – Koga Farm; Koga Family; Christo Izumi – Teshima’s Restaurant/Cathy Ow; Billy Paris; Barbara and Ed Nobriga; Alan Wall; Cheetah Wall; Margaret Possum Schattauer; Keoki Schattauer and Toni Worst; Grace/Stephanie Ackerman; Bob Nelson – Lehuula Farms; Vince Brown MD; Skip ’46 and Rita Cowell; Fred ’76 and Heidi Cowell.

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