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  • President's Desk

    He Au Hou – A New Time, a New Tide

    As we look at this year and to the years ahead, I hope we can build upon the momentum of our 175th anniversary celebration to continue to reach out, connect and engage our alumni across the world. This not only helps to formalize a valuable Punahou network for our future graduates, but it also helps us to imagine the next 25 years.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

    Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou: The Campaign for Punahou School – The Life of the Land

    When Luanna Farden ’56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka‘aumoana McKenney ’83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy. Their contribution to the outdoor learning environments of the 2 – 5 community tells a story that connects Hawai‘i, rural Maine and traditional Polynesian navigation with an educational vision that empowers children to explore the natural world while grounding them in a love of their island home.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Henry Somerville named Director of Tennis

    Henry Somerville assumed the role of Punahou’s director of tennis last spring. In this position, he oversees the School’s tennis operations including PE classes, after-school programs, ILH teams and community tennis opportunities.

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  • Features

    Building A Wonderland

    Watch two years of work condensed into two minutes in a time-lapse video of the construction of the new Kosasa Neighborhood.

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  • Features

    A Conversation Between Astronaut and Navigator

    View video of the historic three-way satellite conversation linking students with astronaut Lacy Veach ’62 on Space Shuttle Columbia and navigator Nainoa Thompson ’72 on the Hokule‘a in the Pacific Ocean which took place in 1992.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Educators Expand Their Learning Over Summer

    The fourth annual Global Education Teacher Strand, facilitated by Dr. Robyn Borofsky ’99 Vierra, grade 4 teacher at Punahou, and Usha Kannemadugu, digital learning coordinator at Pathways School in India, brought educators from Hong Kong, Jordan, Sweden and beyond to Punahou.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Pan Pacific Program Focuses on Hawaiian Studies

    For three weeks this summer, students from around the world, including two Punahou students, participated in the Pan Pacific Program at Punahou School’s Wo International Center. The program, which focuses on Hawaiian cultural studies as well as environmental studies, was led by Wo International Center’s Jade Sunouchi ’02 and Ke‘alohi Reppun ’99, grade 7 social studies faculty.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    SGLI Students Collaborate on Global Conservation Efforts

    Eighty-two high-school students from 26 schools in 11 countries took part in the seventh annual Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) held this summer at Punahou. For the second year, the program was also offered to middle- school students, bringing together 27 kids from five countries.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students Promote Peace in Japan

    Hiroshima Peace Scholars Julia Kim ’17 and Anli Valdez ’17 spent a week in Hiroshima where they attended a forum for peace at Jogakuin High School, an independent school for girls, and stayed with host families to experience Japanese culture.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students Travel to China for Global Natural History Day

    In July, students from around the world convened in Shanghai, China, for Global Natural History Day (GNHD). Of the 18 competitors from Hawai‘i, two were Punahou students and four were students from the Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

    These Punahou seniors were named 2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top one percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Monte Costa ’74

    Lens on the Worldwide Voyage

    Salt spray, jostling waves and sudden downpours: These are certainly not ideal conditions for a camera. For Hōkūle‘a photographer Monte Costa ’74, these factors are just a part of the job as she braves the elements to create her iconic images.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Michael “Buddy” McGuire ’58

    Story of a Seafarer

    Michael “Buddy” McGuire’s ’58 involvement with Hōkūle‘a and the Polynesian Voyaging Society spans more than 35 years. His career is bookended by Hōkūle‘a’s ill-fated second attempt to reach Tahiti in 1978 and the triumphant beginning of its Worldwide Voyage in 2014.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Maui Tauotaha ’97

    Anchored Through Family

    “We made an unscheduled stop in Florida,” said Maui Tauotaha ’97, describing one of many stories from journeying with Hōkūle‘a. “Some of the locals there were watching the Google tracker, and before we even finished tying up to the dock, a man pulled up to us in a boat asking if we needed a place to stay for the night.” The man lent the crew his car, fed them, organized an impromptu pa‘ina and even housed half of them the few nights they were there.

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  • Puns in Print

    Puns in Print

    Works by Mike Befeler ’62, Bret Breneman ’61, Steve Case ’76, Rolando Garcia III ’92, Mimi Hanaoka, Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94, David Moss ’81, Pamela Rotner Sakamoto and Elizabeth “Kahi” Wight ’63

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  • Donor Profiles

    Karl Heyer IV ’76

    An Education With Impact

    Karl Heyer IV ’76 understands how important a solid education can be – he’s seen it play out time and again in his professional life, and in the lives of his three children, Karl ’12, Kelley ’14 and Maile ’17.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Volunteer Leaders 2016 – 2017

    Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou and the returning president of Punahou O-Men.

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  • Final Say

    SGLI: India

    We were welcomed with a bhothu (a red dot placed on the forehead), a sprinkling of fragrant water and a garland. It was a typical Indian ceremony performed by a couple of students on a school stage. However, it welcomed us to something extraordinary, the very first Student Global Leadership Institute held outside of Hawai‘i.

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  • Final Say

    The Land of the Fiery Chilies

    As we crawled up the decorated staircase like a hungry tribe of monkeys, an aroma of spices and chilies wafted through the air. It was our first encounter with the unique spicy cuisine of Bhutan. We faced off with the renowned ema datsi, which consists of green chilies in a cheesy broth.

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