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Fragrant flowers and verdant plants set the stage in Hemmeter Fieldhouse for the Academy Holokū Pageant, an annual showcase of Hawaiian culture and music. On Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, hundreds gathered to watch two performances of over 360 students in grades 9 – 12, along with alumni, faculty and staff.
The Punahou production, “Les Miserables,” opened on April 7, 2017. It was about a teenage convict, Jean Valjean, who broke out of parole and was being hunted down by an officer. Eight years later, still on the run from the officer, he became guardian of a child, Cosette, who had recently lost her mother.
Recently, the Music School hosted Shakuhachi Master Toshimitsu Ishikawa from Osaka, Japan. Ishikawa performed a live demonstration of the traditional Japanese bamboo flute to students, including two Academy classes, Asian History and Japanese Language. The haunting music captured the imaginations of students and faculty alike.
Educating for a sustainable future is embedded in the Aims of a Punahou Education. Since the 2005 Sustainability Summit, which urged for greener practices at both the institutional and personal level, the School has advanced this goal in a variety of ways.
Changing behavior and culture has been a key component for realizing Punahou’s Aim of “Educating for a Sustainable Future.” But the School has also made significant advances at the institutional level in its resource management policies. These improvements have been achieved even with Punahou’s size and infrastructure, and they are all the more compelling because of the message they send to other large institutions, educational and otherwise.
The two Punahou student athletes had the hot hands Wednesday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course to help the Buffanblu become the first school to sweep the ILH boys and girls individual golf titles two years in a row.
In 2006, when Case Middle School received its LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, President Jim Scott ’70 said, “Our students are learning to become responsible global citizens who are committed to the wise use of the world’s precious resources. It is, perhaps, the most important lesson we can teach them.”
Author Booki Vivat didn’t set out to write a book. In fact, she never intended for her work to be seen. It was during a team dinner at Harper Collins Publishing, where she was exposed as an illustrator after one of her coworkers saw her planner.
Since the 2005 Sustainability Summit convened by President Jim Scott ’70 and the resulting Sustainability Challenge with its ambitious 10-year goals, the notion of what it means to educate for a sustainable future has evolved at Punahou. From a framework based on measurable institutional outcomes, such as reducing energy and water use by 50 percent, it has expanded to include the less tangible but arguably more lasting model of changing mindsets, behaviors and culture.
‘O wai ‘oe? What is your water? This question was at the heart of an inspiring K – 12 art project that took shape throughout the week of April 2 – 7, under the creative direction of world-renowned street artist John “Prime” Hina.