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Our country has emerged from a national election that resulted in the current climate of ongoing political divisiveness and general uncertainty.
Nicole Saito ’18 had studied World War II in history classes before but it wasn’t until she took the G-Term session, “World War II: Hawai‘i as Homefront” that she fully grasped the complexities of this catastrophic conflict.
Fifty years after Thurston Memorial Chapel opened its doors, hundreds of people gathered to reflect on the Chapel’s vibrant role in the life of the School and to share their memories of this strikingly original structure.
There was a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as the Class of 2018 took Carnival-goers “Back to the ’50s” for a jumpin’ jive good time.
The Class of 2017 explored the evolution of communication in this year’s Variety Show, “I Can’t Techno More: Face Time!” From primitive grunts and hand gestures of cave people to handwritten letters of days gone by, the seniors put a comedic spin on the various ways humans have communicated over time, and the effect technology and social media have had on interpersonal communications.
At Barwick Playground in Kosasa Community, Radhika Sarkar ’18, a junior, is sitting on the ground beneath the “Explorer Dome,” an arching dome of interconnected ropes, bars and netting. Second- and third-graders are suspended above her, chatting, climbing and laughing.
We are now officially in year two of the public phase of Ku‘u Punahou – the Campaign for Punahou School. Mahalo to the 10,024 donors who have already helped us make significant advances in teaching and learning, from major expansion in our endowment to support student financial aid, to the ongoing construction of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5.
For Carlton ’92 and Cindy Yuen, Punahou is a place where possibility becomes reality. Carlton experienced how the School nurtures potential both in his own life and now, in the lives of his children.
For Chris ’67 and Monica Mamiya ’77 McLaren, Punahou has shaped their lives in so many ways that the school is inextricably part of who they are. The two first met as teachers in the Junior School, where Monica taught first, second, fourth and fifth grade for 28 years and Chris taught fourth grade for 12 years.
In January, Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63 was elected to the Punahou School Board of Trustees. Kosasa, a renowned infertility specialist and professor emeritus at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at University of Hawai‘i, is an active and dedicated supporter of the School.
Between her travels to surf destinations around the world, three-time world surf champion Carissa Moore ’10 visited Punahou to speak to Punahou’s youth as this year’s Spirit and Service Speaker.
In July 2015, Mike Lippert, Academy Music Department head and choir teacher, and Amanda Lippert, K — 1 music teacher, with their two children, Greg ’26 and Nohea ’29, embarked on a life-changing journey that took them 7,000 miles away from Hawai‘i.
It’s a late weekday afternoon and Dr. Malcolm Ing ’52 is busy at work in his office. He is still updating patient profiles when we meet for a chat to reflect on his life and his long career as an ophthalmologist. Cloaked in a crisp white laboratory coat, Ing strides agilely across the clinic. His office looks out over a gorgeous panorama of swaying palm trees, the cool blue waters of Ala Moana Beach Park stretching out into the distance.
A sinewy woman with a broad smile and bright eyes, Peg Deschwanden ’48 Foster stands waiting at the entranceway of her residence on a recent Saturday afternoon to greet me. After a warm welcome in the lobby, she casually mentions that she lives on the 13th floor of her building – would we care to walk up?
“At the time, I didn’t realize I was learning,” says Beatrice “Beadie” Kanahele ’47 Dawson, reflecting on her childhood. “Only in retrospect” did she realize that learning occurs both explicitly and implicitly; from parents and teachers, Dawson learned and internalized the values that propelled her to the heights of professional success.
If there’s one notion Christopher “Kit” Smith ’52 swears by, it’s that “keeping fit is very important.” This might be an understatement when it comes to him: Even at 82, Smith continues to run five times a week, averaging 5 to 6 miles a run on weekdays and closer to 10 miles on weekends. “But that’s less now than before,” he says humbly, and not without a hint of remorse.
Each year, Punahou hosts a multi-day Brain Symposium for educators with a focus on learning and the brain. This winter, Punahou welcomed Dr. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, who offered keynote addresses and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics supporting classroom teaching and curriculum development.
The launch of Ku‘u Punahou, the Punahou Bulletin and the 175th anniversary celebration were recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), each receiving a 2016 CASE District VII Award of Excellence.
William F. Haning III ’67 was my speech team partner in 1966 when we performed a well-received rendition of a scene from Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.” He played the straight man whose subversive wit and Aussie accent seduced the judges and tickled the audience.
In February, Kuaihelani Learning Center for Hawaiian Studies was home to a 20 by 40 foot map of O‘ahu which featured Hawaiian place names and was designed using hundreds of maps from the 1800s and 1900s.
Chloé Selarque ’11, an artist and teaching assistant in the Academy art department is engaging Punahou’s community through an art installation project of four floor-to-ceiling sized looms set up in Cooke Library Learning Commons, Bishop Learning Commons (BLC), Luke Center and the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.
On Feb. 2, 2017, decorated World War II Tuskegee Airman Pilot Colonel Charles McGee visited campus and met with JROTC cadets and students. His career in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force spanned 30 years and 3 wars, where he flew 409 aerial combat missions.
As part of their studies of “makai,” K – 1 students’ learning is focused on the ocean, which extends to Arlene Merritt’s art class.
Celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of Thurston Memorial Chapel’s 32 copper panels which grace its koa entrance doors.
At Ala Moana Beach Park during winter, one can witness a frequent, counterintuitive sight: heavy outrigger canoes traveling on land, gliding and bobbing atop multiple legs and straining shoulders. The bearers are members of Punahou’s competitive paddling team, who carry the 40-foot-long wa‘a (canoes) from the park’s canoe halau across the road to the ocean at Magic Island for every practice or race and back again.
Basketball, Diving, Paddling, Precision Riflery, Soccer, Swimming and Wrestling.
In January, eight students traveled to San Francisco for their G-Term experience titled, “Hokule‘a Educational Outreach to San Francisco.” While Hokule‘a was not physically present during their trip, the students’ objective was to carry forth its message by sharing the gifts of Hawai‘i through song, dance, education and friendship with groups in the Bay Area.
In this video, second- and third-graders express their gratitude for Kosasa Community and share what they love most about their new home.
Almost thirty years ago, Japanese language faculty Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo initiated a project to develop textbooks for their Japanese language classes. Those textbooks have become the No.1 bestselling textbooks for Japanese language high-school classes throughout the U.S.
The Punahou Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to join Punahou Connect, an online professional community, mentoring program and job board for Punahou School alumni.