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  • Athletics

    A Coach for All Seasons

    Summer workshops promote skills that count off the field

    Plan your week according to homework assignments. The exercise seemed simple enough for the coaches who gathered for the annual Fall Coaches Meeting in Thurston Memorial Chapel in July.

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  • Features

    Sun Yat-sen’s Hawai`i

    The Friendships and Ideals that Shaped a Movement

    October marks the centennial of the 1911 Overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty, a landmark event that brought an end to feudal China and unleashed social and political changes to that country that continue to reverberate throughout the world today. Most people know that the figure at the center of that revolution – and hence, of the many international tributes celebrating the event this year – is Dr. Sun Yat-sen, commonly acknowledged as “the father of Modern China.”

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Student Global Leadership Institute Expands

    Forty-eight rising high-school seniors from China, Japan, Jordan, Singapore and the United States convened at Punahou this summer to experience what it means to be a global leader.

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  • Service Learning

    A Summer of Service and Stewardship

    Kaua‘i trip offers students connections with nature

    The Hawaiian word kahiau means to lavish generously without the expectation of getting anything in return. For the past seven summers, Punahou middle- and high-school students, along with faculty, have been doing just that, as they pull weeds in the Koke‘e rainforest in an area they have adopted as their own.

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  • President's Desk

    Institute for Teaching, Learning and Instructional Innovation

    We launched the 2011 – 2012 school year with a renewed focus on the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Instructional Innovation (ITLII) at Punahou. The word “innovation” is derived from the Latin “innovatus,” which means to renew or to restore. Therefore, innovation is not just the introduction of something new. It can be the renewal of something that already exists.

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  • Features

    Old Partnerships and New Beginnings

    Launched in 2005 as a collaborative venture between Punahou and the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, PUEO stands for Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities. Principals from about 50 public schools tap students who perform at the academic middle, demonstrate financial need and have college aspirations.The curriculum focuses on a wide array of study, life and leadership skills.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Brain Symposium Brings Neuroscience to the Classroom

    Punahou welcomed David Eagleman to the School’s second annual Brain Symposium. An assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Eagleman riveted audiences with “Educating with the Brain in Mind: From Research to Practice,” June 13 – 14.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Students’ Artwork Brightens Fitness Center

    Hennrich Fitness Center got an infusion of art over the summer, as sports-themed murals designed and painted by Academy students were installed as decoration and inspiration.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Welcoming the New Director of Hawaiian Studies

    After calling the Winne Units home for more than 30 years, newly appointed Director of Hawaiian Studies Malia Ane ’72 can now be found in Kuaihelani Learning Center in Case Middle School.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson, New Chair of the Board

    With a new school year comes a milestone within the leadership of Punahou School’s Board of Trustees. Former Chair of the Board Ethan Abbott ’72 has officially handed over the gavel to Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson, the first woman to hold the post in the School's 170-year history.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Hello, Broadway!

    The bright lights of Broadway beckoned 23 rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders training and performing in New York City as part of a special Punahou School summer program. The 18 girls and five boys kicked off their trip with a performance for their parents at Twigg- Smith Pavilion on Friday, July 29, before departing for the East Coast later that night.

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  • Donor Profiles

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes

    Why We Give

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes knows a thing or two about making a difference. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, which comprises the East Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Redwood City clubhouses.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Learning Among the Trees

    Majestic trees on Punahou’s campus that provide cool, leafy shade and a comfortable place to gather have an educational role, too. Now some of the most prominent trees are being tagged with identifying markers that may encourage students to learn a little Latin and botany as they hang out with friends.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    In the Winners’ Circle

    Punahou School was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators – Hawai‘i Chapter at the 2011 ‘Ilima Awards banquet on June 15.

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  • Alumni

    2011 PAA Awards

    Robert Y. “Bob” Akinaka ’59 does more than just get involved; he gives selflessly of his time and talents with immense spirit and enthusiasm.

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  • Alumni

    Letter from the PAA President

    Douglas Kwock ’83

    This academic year the Punahou Alumni Association turns 106.We continue to uphold our motto, “Reach, Connect and Engage,” by inviting alumni to reconnect with the Punahou community, and by supporting the engagement of alumni who are already active.

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  • Parents

    Letter from the PFA President

    Sabrina Toma

    My official introduction to Punahou began 11 years ago one muggy August afternoon amidst the Wilcox lower playground swings.

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  • Final Say

    A Message of Peace

    Traveling internationally can be daunting, but last summer when my project for the Hiroshima Peace Scholarship intersected with the opportunity to retrieve an Aogiri tree from Hiroshima, it seemed to me like the world was conspiring so perfectly in my favor.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Elizabeth Peet ’31 McIntosh

    Patriotic Prevaricator

    Elizabeth Peet ’31 McIntosh still keeps plenty of secrets. Sure, the retired spy has written two memoirs, contributed to an oral history project at the Library of Congress and recently was profiled in the Washington Post. But the 96-year-old hasn’t told all her tales, and never will.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Gregg Yamanaka ’69

    Global Vision

    As chief executive officer of the APEC 2011 Hawai‘i Host Committee, Gregg Yamanaka ’69 manages to focus on the big picture even as he juggles a million tiny details.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Woranan “Pai” Pongsupaht ’96

    Cooking for a Cause

    When Woranan “Pai” Pongsupaht ’96 joined the masses looking for work on Craigslist, it wasn’t an employment ad that caught his eye – it was a 1979 Ford Step Van. Now the former Seattle youth counselor is a culinary entrepreneur, reveling in the success of Pai’s Food Truck and using it to help raise money for the kinds of teen programs that lost funding during the Great Recession.

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