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  • President's Desk

    Until We Meet Again

    Seniors, in your final days together you have heard heartfelt reflections, insight and advice from classmates and teachers. I can only affirm here what you have already learned.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    President Jim Scott Announces Intent to Retire

    President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire as president of Punahou School at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “It is with deep gratitude to Punahou School for my experience over the past 23 years that I make this announcement,” said Scott, anticipating the completion of a 25-year tenure in 2019.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Carter Nakamoto ’17 Named Presidential Scholar

    Recent graduate Carter Nakamoto ’17 has been named a 2017 Presidential Scholar. Nakamoto is among 161 high school seniors across the country chosen from a pool of over 5,100 invited qualifying graduating seniors. One other Hawai‘i student, from Kalani High School, was also named a Presidential Scholar.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students Revive Sustainability Fair

    This year, the first-ever student-run Sustainability Fair brought a popular tradition back to campus in a renewed format.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Athletic Service Awards Honor Visionary Coaches and Trainer

    In May, honorees of this year’s Punahou Athletic Service Award were recognized as champions for athletics at a reception at the President’s Pavilion.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    PUEO Awarded for Excellence in Summer Learning

    The Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School was recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) as a 2016 Excellence in Summer Learning Award winner. Award recipients were chosen for demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and prompting healthy development for low-income students.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    From Doodler to Published Illustrator

    Author Booki Vivat didn’t set out to write a book. In fact, she never intended for her work to be seen. It was during a team dinner at Harper Collins Publishing where she was exposed as an illustrator after one of her coworkers saw her planner.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    PFA Volunteers Recognized For Going ‘Above and Beyond’

    The Parent Faculty Association (PFA) annually presents its Above and Beyond awards. Award recipients, whose last child is graduating, are recognized for having gone “above and beyond” as PFA members, leaders and volunteers.

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  • Features

    Awards and Accolades

    Junior School, Academy and Athletics
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  • Features

    Aloha and Mahalo

    Celebrating 581 Years of Service

    The Punahou ‘ohana bids farewell to 20 colleagues who retired in the 2016 – 2017 school year. These tributes are based on interviews with the honorees, their supervisors and colleagues, and were written by Rachel Breitweser ’03, Camila Chaudron ’08 and Scott Osborn ’94.

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  • Athletics

    For the Record

    Spring 2017 Varsity Teams

    Baseball, Golf, Judo, Softball, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing and Boys Volleyball

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Nainoa Thompson ’72

    “O” in Life Awardee

    Great teachers have been the navigators of Nainoa Thompson’s ’72 life, planting seeds of opportunity, lighting paths for exploration and showing him how to be patient in the pursuit of his goals.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Francis G. Duhaylongsod ’78

    Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Awardee

    As a young child, Francis Duhaylongsod ’78 dangled threads from his family’s dining room chairs so he could practice tying one-handed knots. In intermediate school, he volunteered at Kuakini Hospital. And as a professor of surgery at Duke University, Dr. Duhaylongsod invented and perfected minimally invasive cardiac surgery – now a standard procedure that has replaced invasive heart surgery and shortened healing time for many patients.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Kelvin Taketa ’72

    Charles S. Judd Jr. ’38 Humanitarian Awardee

    Kelvin Taketa ’72 has spent his adult life giving voice to the voiceless and raising the visibility of the unseen. His significant contributions to Hawai‘i’s charitable community earned Taketa the Charles S. Judd Humanitarian Award.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Leonora Espania

    Old School Awardee

    The President’s Home is the venue for some of the School’s most intimate and important special events for faculty, alumni, parents and donors. Entrusted with making sure these events go off without a hitch is Leonora Espania, special events coordinator for the President’s Office.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Scott Metcalf ’74

    Old School Awardee

    Dependable. Selfless. Humble. Generous. These are just some of the words used to describe former Facilities Manager Scott Metcalf ’74, who passed away in July 2014, at age 58.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Joyce Salmon

    Old School Awardee

    For 38 years, Joyce Salmon worked as a reference librarian in Cooke Library, devoted to student-inquiry and often going outside of Punahou’s own library collection to find optimal resource materials for student research papers and projects.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Gordon Scruton ’51

    Old School Awardee

    Gordon Scruton was a sprinter for Punahou, part of the winning 4x100 relay team in 1950. He began coaching in the late 1960s and founded the Kailua Youth Athletic Club, a summer track program that today is known as the Renegade Track Club. For decades, Scruton officiated local high school and University of Hawai‘i meets, and fulfilled a lifetime goal of officiating at the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright

    Old School Awardee

    Anyone who has volunteered in a Carnival food booth or helped host the Alumni Lu‘au can appreciate the enormity of the job and the orchestration required to feed so many people. Director of Food Service Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright not only coordinates large-scale special events at Punahou, but she and her team also serve more than 1,500 hot meals every school day.

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  • Donor Profiles

    Patrick Vinton Kirch ’68

    A Passion Passed on to the Next Generation

    In 1963, Patrick Kirch ’68 was an inquisitive 13-year-old growing up in Manoa Valley with a fascination for ancient civilizations fueled by long afternoons exploring old lo‘i terraces and other traces of Hawai‘i’s past.

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  • Final Say

    The Pages That Bind Us Together

    By Calais Nobuhara ’17

    On the last day of every school year, each student is given a yearbook. Whether it's the glossy Na ‘Opio or the hardcover Oahuan, these books are a representation of the long year behind us. As we flip through the pages and compose long messages in our Sharpie pens, we don’t remember the rough, stressful times. Instead, we are proud of the year we completed as we prepare ourselves for whatever chapter will come next.

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  • Final Say

    What We'll Remember

    By Audrey Boyle ’17

    Class of 2017, first of all, I want to offer a hearty pat on the back to all of you. We made it (almost)! In these next three minutes, I'll attempt to put words to something as nebulous and indefinite as the quote-unquote "Punahou experience".

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  • Final Say

    Educating the 21st Century Leader

    By Caitlyn Kwan ’17

    Looking back at our educational experiences thus far, a part of me can’t help but wonder … What was it all for? Simply to get into a good college? A mental challenge to see if we could handle the pressure? Are we prepared to face the real world and all of its challenges?

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  • Final Say

    The Punahou Student

    By Sarai Uesato ’17

    I am not much with words or much of a speaker, so I don't really know what I'm doing up here, but I have a lot of love for the people sitting here today and I would like to share a piece of my heart.

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  • Features

    Last Day of School at Kosasa Community

    Second- and third-graders celebrate the completion of their first year in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community in this heartwarming video.

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