Letters from the Pa`ani and O-Men Presidents

Department: Athletics

Na Wahine Pa`ani o Punahou

Noel Pacarro ’98, 2008 – 2009 Pa`ani President

Dear alumni,

The spring season was such a success for girls athletics at Punahou. On April 8, we sponsored a night of girls water polo with pompoms and pizza as the intermediate team cheered on the varsity teams. The spirit and the synergy of the varsity teams were an inspiration to all who were cheering for them that night. They displayed impressive defense, speedy counters and power shots from set.

The next evening, the intermediate girls rode that momentum with great communication, teamwork and courage, and in the end defeated Kamehameha for the Intermediate Championship. It was thrilling to watch the outside shots off a pass hit high corner, saves by the goalie and the quick counters down the pool! The girls earned every bit of their victory, and they did it together, with hugs for the Kamehameha team, too.

This season has been an incredible one because, despite all types of obstacles, such as bad weather and injuries, our athletes in all spring sports have demonstrated their resilience as individuals and their solidarity as a team. Witnessing them give their best, regardless of circumstance, has been very inspiring. We of Na Wahine Pa`ani o Punahou recognize just how useful this skill will be for our female athletes throughout their lives. We reflect on how these lessons during our formative years shaped us, and prepared us for adversity and victories beyond Punahou. We continue our work and hope you will join us as we support our girls – from kindergarten through senior year – to learn to be resilient individuals through athletics and teamwork.

Aloha,
Noel Pacarro ’98

O-Men

Chris Eldridge ’87, 2008 – 2009 O-Men President

Aloha,

On April 8, a group of more than 80 current and former directors and officers of the O-Men along with members of the Punahou board of trustees and administration gathered for a wonderful evening at the home of Ethan ’72 and Jean Dillingham ’72 Abbott to celebrate Athletic Director Tom Holden’s service to the school and Punahou athletics.

The night was full of great food, drinks, music and praise for the job Tom has done, his strong work ethic and how much he cares for Punahou’s student athletes. With several former athletic directors, the current team as well as incoming Athletic Director Jeaney Garcia in attendance, the athletic department was well represented by those who have shaped its past and will be shaping its future.

As my two-year term as O-Men president comes to an end and I hand off to Michael Pfeffer ’87, I would like to thank all of the officers, committee chairs and volunteers who have helped make the experience both enjoyable and fulfilling.

Aloha,
Chris Eldridge ’87

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