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  • President's Desk

    Broadening Our Definition of Success

    In presenting each Punahou graduating class their diplomas at Commencement, we typically describe their impressive achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and service to the community. The Punahou School Profile that accompanies a student’s transcript to colleges highlights the impressive concentration of academic talent within their graduating class.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou: Mauka to Makai Match

    The Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community was named in honor of the parents of its lead donors, Dr. Thomas ’63 and Mi Kosasa, and his siblings Paul, Susan and Gloria ’68 Gainsley.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou: Reunion Giving

    Each year, over 5,000 alumni celebrate their Class Reunion. It is not only a time to reconnect with classmates, but also allows for reflection and appreciation of treasured memories of their time at Punahou. With gratitude for past experiences, many alumni join the celebration by making a gift to the School on behalf of their class.

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  • Features

    Class of 2016 Academic and College Choice Profile

    Each winter, we publish the college choices of our last graduating class in the printed Bulletin. In addition, we also share some data on the exemplary scholarship of our students, whose diversity of interests and talents at Punahou are always supported by a foundation of solid academic performance when measured by national standards.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Letter Exchange Bridges Gap Between Generations

    “Interested in getting to know some of the sophomores better?” This was a question sophomore teachers posed to the Punahou community. “We’re looking for adults from across campus to volunteer for a project that involves personal correspondence via handwritten letters with a sophomore this fall.”

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    BLC Models Future Junior School Learning Commons

    The Bishop Learning Center (BLC) has primarily served as the library for grades 6 – 8, but this year students in grades 2 – 5 who previously frequented the Julia Ing Learning Center are also welcome to use the revamped space.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Alumni Come to Campus for a Lesson in Art History

    Alumni returned to Punahou as students for the first-ever class of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue,” a new alumni education program. Baroque art in the age of science was the topic.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Showcasing Students’ Global Travels

    The many international programs supported by Wo International Center this year were on display at Wo Global Journeys, an evening event on Oct. 18 that gave parents and students a chance to learn about the programs directly from students who participated in them.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Shelby Baron ’12

    Staying in the Game

    When it mattered most, Paralympian Shelby Baron ’12 dug deep and pulled out the best athletic performance of her life. It was day one of the wheelchair tennis competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and Baron and doubles partner Emmy Kaiser were playing a team from France.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    George Killebrew ’81

    Making it Happen

    As a senior at Punahou, George Killebrew ’81 applied to a number of schools on the West Coast. His mother, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) alumna, suggested that he consider applying there. “She always had a good sense of what was best for me,” says Killebrew. Knowing this, he elected to enroll at SMU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and found a job with the SMU athletic department.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Kevin Wong ’90 and Scott Wong ’97

    Serving up Success

    They live an ocean apart now – younger brother Scott ’97 in Malibu, head coaching Pepperdine University’s women’s volleyball; older brother Kevin ’90, anchored in Honolulu, running volleyball clinics when not traveling as a commentator. But even growing up together in Pearl City, where their parents laid a foundation of education and sports, and Punahou instilled expectations of excellence, a six-year age gap meant their paths to remarkable volleyball success developed very differently.

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  • Donor Profiles

    Stuart Gurney and Junjun Wu-Gurney

    Helping Students Grow through Global Experiences

    For Stuart Gurney and Junjun Wu-Gurney, crossing borders has always opened up opportunities.

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  • Athletics

    For the Record

    Fall 2016 Varsity Teams

    Air Riflery, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.

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  • Features

    Punahou’s Water Supply

    Online Bonus Content

    Did you know Punahou pumps its own water for use on campus? That’s up to 160,000 gallons of water on a typical school day sup- plied from the spring of Ka Punahou.

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  • Features

    An Inspiring Start to the School Day

    Online Bonus Content

    Students in K – 1 Omidyar Neighborhood come together at the start of every school day to present an oli (Hawaiian chant) to their teachers, expressing gratitude for all they do.

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  • Features

    Student Tutors Help Fellow Classmates Excel

    Online Bonus Content

    Be inspired by this student-produced video of Academy students helping their class- mates become more confident learners through tutoring.

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  • Features

    Punahou Connect

    The Punahou Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations proudly announce the launch of Punahou Connect, an online professional community, mentoring program and job board for Punahou School alumni.

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  • Final Say

    Building an Extraordinary Network for the Leaders of Tomorrow

    by Albert Jiang ’17

    Throughout the summer, a small team of alumni, students and a science teacher worked tirelessly to organize the first-ever Health Care Career Spotlight event held in October 2016. A panel of seven Punahou graduates working in the health-care field kicked off the symposium with a Q&A session in front of over 200 students, parents and teachers. In the second half of the event, these panelists joined 50 more alumni in hosting breakout groups based on their respective specialties and fields.

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