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  • President's Desk

    Aiming for the Future

    As we launched the school year with the theme, “Every Life is a Story,” I have been inspired by the ways in which this idea has been expressed. It has underscored the remarkable stories behind members of our vibrant school community.

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  • Features

    Ku‘u Punahou: Fall Update

    With a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou is the first comprehensive campaign undertaken in the School’s history to simultaneously support growth in three areas: People, Place and Purpose.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Presidential Search Update

    On May 2, 2017, President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year in 2019. Following the announcement, Punahou School embarked on a search for its 17th president, aiming to build on the enduring vision and trajectory achieved under Scott’s leadership.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Greg Dickhens ’87 Joins Board of Trustees

    In October, Greg Dickhens ’87 was elected to the Punahou Board of Trustees. Dickhens, the principal and chief investment officer at Trinity Investments, LLC, is an alumnus who is engaged with and dedicated to the School.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Volunteer Leaders 2017 – 2018

    Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Punahou O-Men, and the returning president of Nā Wāhine Pā‘ani o Punahou. Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful for these leaders and the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to these key organizations.

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  • Features

    Learning Commons Leaders

    Pat Quilter ’64

    Music has been a part of Pat Quilter’s ’64 life from an early age. He remembers spending hours listening to records as a child, together with his younger brother, Matt ’67. While Matt went on to become the professional musician in the family, it was Pat who combined his interest in music with a knack for invention to experiment with building guitar amplifiers in the ’60s and ’70s.

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  • Features

    Learning Commons Leaders

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes experienced Punahou at one of its most unusual historical moments and still credits the School with providing an outstanding education that continues to inspire her today. She arrived as a kindergartner in 1941, only months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers’ takeover of campus for the duration of World War II.

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  • Features

    Junior School Learning Commons

    A 3-D Journey

    Last spring, Punahou students from grades 4 – 11 created an interactive, virtual model of the Junior School Learning Commons by harnessing augmented reality technology. The project was led by Malia Kiang ’18 and Carson Loughridge ’22, who handled the production and programming, respectively.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Teachers Strand Brings Together Global Educators

    This summer, the three-day Global Education Teachers Strand brought educators from nine different countries together on Punahou’s campus. During the fifth annual workshop, which coincided with the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), teachers discussed and explored what it means to be a global educator.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

    These Punahou seniors were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top 1 percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Exclusive Screening of ‘Composed’

    In September, Dillingham Hall served as the location for the exclusive Hawaiʻi screening of “Composed,” a film by John Beder. The documentary explores the often taboo topic of performance anxiety within the context of professional classical musicians, showing its effects and the strategies musicians use to manage it.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Alumni Reunion Giving Hits All-Time High

    Alumni from classes ending in 2 or 7 set a new record for reunion giving this year by raising nearly $10 million in gifts and increasing participation to 33 percent. These totals topped the 2016 record of $7 million and 31 percent participation.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students Promote Peace in Japan

    Hiroshima Peace Scholars Sydni Au Hoy ’18, Micah Nishimoto ’18 and Kevin Nguyen ’18 prepare to take the 1,000 cranes they folded to the Children’s Peace Monument at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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  • Features

    Faculty Corner: Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology Department

    We asked some of the members of the Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology (D-MET) department to describe the type of learning that the K – 12 Learning Commons will facilitate. Each of them works with students in multiple grade levels, helping to incorporate the design-thinking process and applied learning into a variety of courses, from middle-school shop to ninth-grade biology to art and engineering.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04

    The Buzz

    “Scaramucci has been fired!” Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04 announces President Trump’s recent ousting of his communications director. Her dog, Kolea, sitting comfortably on a plush office chair nearby, perks up her ears.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Denby Fawcett ’59

    Different Paths

    The view from Denby Fawcett’s ’59 lanai never lets you forget where you are. To the west, the massive hull of Diamond Head rises overhead, while below, the waters off Black Point wash onto a rocky beach, reachable by foot.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Diane Seo ’85

    The Digital Space

    “The moment I started using the internet, I wanted to work in the digital space and be a part of the dot-com movement,” says Diane Seo ’85, thinking back to 1999 when the internet had taken hold.

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  • Puns in Print

    Puns in Print

    Works by Allegra Goodman ’85, Jaimee Wriston ’69 Colbert, Mike Befeler ’62, Florence “Johnny” Frisbie ’63 and Mariko Merritt ’00

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  • Donor Profiles

    Dana Harimoto ’59 Izumi

    Gratitude for a Life of Opportunities

    In the last seven decades, Dana Harimoto ’59 Izumi has played many roles at Punahou: student, teacher, parent, grandparent, volunteer and donor. For Dana, it’s been the greatest privilege to be a part of the Punahou family, a community that set the groundwork for a life of learning and teaching.

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  • Final Say

    Becoming Global Citizens

    By Kaylen Kuo ’18 and Betsy Wo ’18

    This past summer, our group of 18 traveled to New Zealand, a country with a vibrant culture, history and community. Most of us have lived in Hawai‘i our whole lives, trapped in a bubble, so the thought of expanding our horizons had us excited. We arrived with the purpose of learning about New Zealand culture and giving back.

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  • Features

    Summer Travel Course Blog

    Explore Alaska, Bhutan, New Zealand and Japan through the eyes of students who traveled across the globe with one of these Wo International Center’s summer travel courses.

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  • Features

    PUEO Alumni Return for the Summer

    Partnership in Unlimited Educational Opportunities, or PUEO, is a 7-year program that offers a variety of courses at Punahou to some of Hawai‘i’s public school students. Enjoy this student-produced video which follows several PUEO graduates who returned to campus this summer as teaching assistants for the program.

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