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  • Global Ed

    Capturing Costa Rica

    Technology aids students in documenting observations

    A group of 15 Punahou Summer School students recently returned from a four-week summer trip to Costa Rica, where they documented the native flora and fauna they encountered on hikes through the rainforest. Senior Kevin Chung writes about the experience.

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  • Athletics

    Punahou again grabs Sports Illustrated’s top spot

    Sports Illustrated named Punahou School’s athletic program No. 1 in the nation for 2008 – 2009, the second consecutive year the school has topped the list.

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  • Athletics

    Athletic Director Jeaney Garcia

    sprints into position

    As a sickly child battling asthma, the young Jeaney Garcia was surprised when her doctor encouraged her to join the track and field team. "You want me to do what?" she thought. Running was the last thing on her mind, but Garcia reluctantly followed her doctor's orders.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students Get White House Surprise

    The five Punahou Science Bowl team members got more than the garden-variety tour when they visited the White House on April 30, shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C., to participate in the national Science Bowl.

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  • President's Desk

    Challenges and Opportunities

    As we look forward to the new school year, we are guided by the principles of Punahou's mission and vision while continuing to respond confidently to new financial realities. We will continue to frame those new realities with sensitivity, humility and vigilant fiscal stewardship.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Punahou Faculty Receive Diplomas

    Seven weeks after watching their students earn their diplomas, five Punahou teachers were awarded hard-won diplomas of their own. This year’s graduates of the Master's Degree in Private School Leadership in the Pacific Basin – a collaboration of the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Education – included Academy faculty members Will Best, math; Paris Priore-Kim ’76, dean; Jane Stevens ’94, social studies; RickTune ’93, psychosocial; and Chris Watson, English.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Jonathan Koshiba joins Middle School as Supervisor

    This fall, the Middle School welcomes new sixth- grade supervisor Jonathan Koshiba ’94 to its team. Koshiba most recently served two years as director of Summer School and Specialized Programs, a position he said was very fulfilling.

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  • Donor Profiles

    Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

    Profile in Giving

    Clarence T.C. Ching believed that education and hard work are the keys to open the doors of opportunity in life. Punahou's PUEO (Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities) Program at Punahou School is the beneficiary of these twin passions. A recently announced and generous gift of $3 million from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation will ensure the sustainability of this flagship Punahou public purpose program through 2015.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Grant Will Help Launch Leadership Institute

    Punahou School has been named one of four national recipients of a 2009 Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The $250,000 matching grant will help launch the new Student Global Leadership Institute, a program to cultivate a community of international youth leaders poised to meet common global challenges.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Hiroshima Mayor Visits School

    Hiroshima mayorTadatoshi Akiba, in Honolulu to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its sister-city part- nership between Hiroshima and Honolulu, visited Punahou School for the first time July 7 to convey a message of peace.

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  • Service Learning

    Recipe for Social Change

    EIR program teams young entrepreneurs with business world mentors

    A handful of sustainability-conscious teens canvassed Manoa Marketplace one summer afternoon, armed with literature and intent on their mission to sign up as many restaurants as possible to their earth-friendly cause.

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  • Alumni

    2009 PAA Awards

    In front of delighted friends, family and colleagues assembled to honor him, Frank Damon '44 humbly received the 2009 "O" in Life Award from outgoing PAA President Mark Kam '80 in May.

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  • Athletics

    Advantage – Punahou Tennis

    Plans are underway for the construction of two new tennis courts above Wilcox Hall, part of a broad plan of improvements as Dillingham Tennis Complex celebrates its 60th anniversary this month.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Punahou Bulletin Wins IABC Awards

    The Punahou Bulletin garnered two awards this spring from the International Association of Business Communicators – Hawai‘i Chapter. The quarterly magazine, which reaches more than 36,000 alumni, parents and friends, received the 2009 ‘Ilima Award of Excellence in External Publication along with an Award of Merit in graphic design.

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  • Parents

    Letter from the PFA President

    Jasmine Mau-Mukai

    One summer Saturday morning on my way to the cafeteria to help with jams and jellies for Carnival, I paused to watch the construction at Wilcox Hall. The changes briefly saddened me. Except for the main building, the rest of the physical structures are gone. Gone is the walkway where I once held my daughter, Cara’s, hand as we walked to and from her kindergarten class, the Wilcox C Rainbows. I was a kindergarten room parent, like many others.

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  • Final Say

    Final Say

    After a long walk through downtown Hiroshima in mid-morning traffic, we arrived at the Hiroshima Peace Park and settled under a large tree near the Atomic Bomb dome. Kevin '10 and I, along with our new Hiroshima high school friends, were on a mission to collect signatures supporting an anti-nuclear weapon petition, which will be presented at a nuclear non-proliferation conference next May at the United Nations.

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  • Alumni

    Letter from the PAA President

    Krissy Izumi-Nitao ’84

    I am honored and privileged to represent the 2009 – 2010 PAA board of directors. We have been working hard this summer to identify, develop and build events that will further Punahou Alumni Association’s mission of “Reach, Connect and Engage!”

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Dean Ho '55

    A Businessman in Two Worlds

    When he was nearly 50 years old, Dean Ho '55 made a move that changed his life - he put down roots in Shanghai, approximately 5,000 miles away from his Honolulu hometown. Ho was always curious about China so it seemed like a natural progression.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Robert L. Char '72

    The Road to China

    Bob Char '72 always knew he would end up in China - it was just a matter of when. Fondly remembering a childhood filled with cultural pride, Char said, "Both of my parents were always proud to be Chinese and imparted that pride to us [kids]."

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Emily Chang '98

    Reporting from Beijing

    Emily Chang '98 has witnessed the best and worst the world has to offer: drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border, a boy struggling to overcome cancer, the underworld of the Botox industry. These stories and others won Chang five Emmy Awards as a young reporter at KNSD, an NBC affiliate in San Diego, Calif., from 2004 - 2007.

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  • Athletics

    Letters from the Pa`ani and O-Men Presidents

    The end of the school year was a grand finale for Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou. With so many of our athletes receiving both athletic and academic recognition at Punahou as well as across the state and nation, we were proud and excited for our graduating seniors.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Punahou Bulletin introduces new look

    As your new Punahou Bulletin editor, I am pleased to unveil an exciting improvement to your magazine. I’d like to also take the opportunity to introduce myself and talk about some of the other changes highlighted in this issue.

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