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More than 3,000 alumni, family and friends from around the globe gathered on campus during Alumni Week in June to celebrate their rich and enduring connection to Punahou School.
Punahou had the honor of receiving a distinguished international guest this summer: President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan and 24 of his ministers and top advisors visited the campus on June 29 to learn more about Sun Yat-sen’s connection to the School.
Four years ago, a group of Punahou’s Junior School faculty and administrators undertook the challenge of reimagining the learning environments for grades 2 – 5.
One of the challenges of being a 174-year-old school is striking a balance between Punahou’s rich history and traditions, and its mission to provide an unparalleled educational experience for successive generations of children.
Nineteen Punahou faculty and staff embarked upon a cross-cultural expedition this summer as they traveled to the remote islands of Tahiti and Rapa Nui, part of a professional development initiative organized by Wo International Center.
Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful to the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to key organizations. Punahou welcomes new incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association and the Punahou Alumni Association, and welcomes back the presidents of Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou and Punahou O-Men.
You learned earlier this summer that Academy Principal Kevin Conway announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2014 – 2015 school year, and that this will also be the last year for Junior School Principal Mike Walker, who has accepted a position as head of the San Francisco Day School.
It was a Buff ’n Blue weekend in Boston when alumni had the opportunity to paddle an outrigger canoe on the Charles River while honoring a son of O‘ahu.
The fifth annual Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) assembled 79 students for an intensive summer program, which brought students from around the world to Punahou School from July 21 – Aug. 1, 2014.
Energy hawk, telecommunications whiz, financial virtuoso, Punahou graduate and, today, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Pamela Hamamoto’s ascent to the job of a lifetime is no accident.
“I’ve always been an adventurous person, relishing activities like hiking and camping,” says Dr. Bradley Wong, adding, “But if anyone said I would be leading medical missions to the Philippines, Vietnam and Nepal for 26 years, I would have said, ‘You’re out of your mind!’”
Community and cross-cultural psychologist Dr. Amelia Borofsky lives on the coral atoll of Pukapuka and works for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education. “For the first time in my life,” she explains, “I feel prepared to be here, doing the work that I’m doing.”
Works by Dana Anderson ’59, Gail N. Harada ’71, Liana Holmberg ’89, Patrick Vinton Kirch ’68, Jon H. Larson ’59, David McCullough, John N. Miller ’55, Linda Rowan ’75, Margo Sorenson and Kirby Wright ’73.
“Summer is an opportunity to improve my practices as a teacher,” explained Kai Davis ’67 Nelson, a Punahou eighth-grade English teacher who participated in a School workshop this past June.
In June 2014, John and Carri Morgan decided to establish an endowed fund at Punahou to support student service learning. Their goals for the endowed fund parallel their life interests – environmental stewardship, outdoor education and Hawaiian culture.
Did you know the Punahou Bookstore is online? Visit the redesigned, mobile-friendly Buff ’n Blue Store for a great selection of Punahou apparel and accessories.
Punahou middle-schoolers delighted audiences with Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and many other favorite Dr. Seuss characters in the summer production of “Seussical JR.” on July 22 and 23 in Dillingham Hall.
With the Campus Master Plan moving forward, Piper’s Pali is being realigned toward the Diamond Head edge of campus to create additional space for the future grades 2 – 5 facilities.
Planted in 1842, the tamarind tree is one of the oldest objects on the Punahou School campus. The tree was planted by Punahou boys, Anderson Forbes (who attended Punahou from 1842 – 1847) among them, who placed it in the ‘Ewa court of the School's first structure – an adobe E-shaped building that stood near today's Alexander Hall and Cooke Library.
Stepping off of the plane in Beijing, it was clear I had landed in an entirely new world, where traffic laws were mere suggestions, glimpses of blue skies were photo-worthy opportunities and, as we quickly discovered, personal space was literally nonexistent as our train raced through the underground “tunnel of doom” to get into the Forbidden City.
This summer, I was one of 15 Punahou seniors who had the rare opportunity to travel to Tahiti and Rapa Nui for our Senior Capstone course, CapSEEDS. First, we learned about the history, geography and economy of the islands during a two-week, pre-travel classroom segment. We then embarked upon the travel portion of the course, which immersed us in the islands’ cultures.