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  • President's Desk

    Ku‘u Punahou

    My Punahou is a place unlike any other in the world, with a rich history deeply rooted in Hawai‘i. It is the beautiful lands of the New Spring and the learning environments they have nourished for 175 years. It is a place that has nurtured generations of children as they grow into young adults ready to enter the world with confidence, passion and purpose.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou

    The Power of Promise

    “Punahou has launched this campaign to fulfill its aspirations for offering a great education to our students and encouraging them to pursue successful lives of inspiration and purpose. This is a time when the field of education is going through significant changes, as is the world our children are entering. Ku‘u Punahou will enable our school to fulfill its potential as an educational thought leader and partner in Hawai‘i and beyond,” notes Scott.

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  • Features

    Happy Birthday, Punahou

    You’re Invited

    Join us for a festive 175th Birthday Party celebration on the Academy Quad.

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  • Features

    The 175th Year Marches On

    On Jan. 1, 2016, the Punahou marching band, complete with color guard and hula dancers, celebrated the School’s 175th anniversary and proudly represented Hawai‘i in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. This was the School’s fourth appearance in the parade, the last in 2007.

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  • Features

    A Surf Odyssey

    Q&A with Writer-In-Residence William Finnegan

    Wiry, cracking jokes and captivating his audience with a freewheeling conversational style that befits decades spent hunting stories in troubled spots across the globe, William Finnegan seems game for anything. Today he’s itching to ride the North Shore swells, unfazed by danger after 60-plus years. But a hectic schedule has forced him to make do with the waters off Diamond Head, the site of some of his earliest surfing exploits.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    “Magic Penny” Drive

    Student voices reverberated throughout the room as kindergarten and first-grade students sang “Magic Penny” with Chaplain Lauren Medeiros during chapel on Jan. 26, 2016.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Grades 2 — 5 Neighborhood Construction Update

    The grades 2 – 5 neighborhood project continues on schedule for a fall 2016 opening. At the end of January, the large construction crane that shared the Punahou skyline for three months left campus. The crane, which stood nearly 200 feet tall, was used to install structural steel for the first four classroom buildings in the new learning environment.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    A Traveling Exhibit About Kalaupapa

    In 1866, 12 people were taken from their families and sent to a peninsula on Moloka‘i because they had leprosy, now also known as Hanse’s Disease. By the time mandatory isolation ended in 1969, an estimated 8,000 people had been sent to Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i, impacting virtually every Hawaiian family in some way.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Suzanne Case ’74

    The Curiosity Quotient

    When asked what drives her, Suzanne Case shares, “My great curiosity. I really enjoy digging into a topic and trying to understand what the challenge is and thinking through the path forward. It’s something I gained from my Punahou education. The great teachers didn’t just relay information, they embodied an appreciation for exploration.”These questioning and probing problem-solving skills will definitely play a critical role as Case takes on her biggest job yet in serving the public trust.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Kapua Kawelo ’91 and Hi‘ilei Kawelo ’95

    Sisters — From Mauka to Makai

    Big sister Kapua looks Hi‘ilei straight in the eyes and tells her, “You eat too much meat.” With a here-we-go-again look Hi‘ilei responds, “But I love my imported prosciutto.” In unison, they burst into laughter, which makes it obvious that this kind of playful banter is constant between these sisters.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Ulalia Woodside ’88

    Carrying on the Legacy

    Just a few weeks into her newly appointed position as executive director of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Ulalia Woodside is busy figuring out where the office supplies are stored and claiming victory when the security code for the front door of the Conservancy’s downtown Honolulu headquarters works.

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  • Donor Profiles

    Sharon Twigg-Smith

    Moved by the Past, Inspired by the Future

    Sharon Twigg-Smith is one of Punahou’s valued advisors and most dedicated supporters, which is striking when considering that she was introduced to the School not as a student but through the experiences of her family. “I was not aware of Punahou before we moved here and when my son began attending, I was stunned by his experiences here.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony

    Seventeen of Punahou’s finest athletes were inducted into the Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame at a special event on March 5, 2016.

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  • Athletics

    For the Record

    Winter 2015 – 2016 Varsity Teams

    Bastketball, Paddling, Swimming/Diving, Air Riflery, Riflery, Soccer and Wrestling.

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  • Features

    Punahou in 50 Objects

    Carnival Lei Haku (1972)

    For the month leading up to Carnival, families from all over Hawai‘i donate flowers from their yards and volunteers gather for many Saturdays in advance to prepare lei haku. The month-long process of learning to make the lei, and the beautiful finished product, is rightfully one of the favorite annual traditions of the Punahou Carnival.

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  • Final Say

    Many ‘Firsts’

    This past year, I embarked on a 12-day trip to Estelí, Nicaragua, as part of an Operation Smile medical mission team. Surrounded by medical volunteers from over 15 countries, I experienced a unique community comprised of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures. As one of two students within the mainly adult medical team, I was initially intimidated.

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  • Features

    Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood

    A Place to Wonder and Explore

    The Punahou campus is an incredible place for students to learn about their community, and the world around them. Everyone is always trying to be more sustainable. Although there is a lot of excitement with the new 2 – 5 studio classrooms, we must not forget another place on campus that is also very sustainable. That place is Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.

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