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  • Founders Mo‘olelo Honors the School’s Hawaiian and Christian roots

    Punahou Communications Staff
    Posted September 12, 2017

    The Founders Play, written by faculty and acted by students, told the history of the founding of Punahou in celebration of its 175th anniversary. This year, the play was revived as the Founders Mo‘olelo (story) and performed by third, fourth and sixth-graders in Chapel services for grades K – 12.

  • Third-Grade Lū‘au Tradition Continues in a New Space

    Rachel Breitweser ’03
    Posted March 24, 2017

    “Today is one of the best parts of third grade. It is the result of many weeks of preparation and generations before you,” said Chaplain Lauren Medeiros to the third-graders, some adorned in lei, or with handcrafted bracelets and headbands.

  • ‘Singing’ in the New School Day

    Rachel Breitweser ’03
    Posted December 15, 2016

    At 7:55 a.m. each day, K – 1 students gather in the middle of their neighborhood facing Mānoa Valley to recite a morning entrance chant in Hawaiian. The chant honors their teachers and asks permission to start the school day.

  • Students Tend to the Lily Pond

    Rachel Breitweser ’03
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Hawaiian studies students put their study of mālama ‘āina into practice while clearing debris out of the Lily Pond.

  • The Third-Grade Lū‘au, a 40-Year Tradition

    Rachel Breitweser ’03
    Posted March 23, 2016

    The mouthwatering aroma of steamed pork, laulau and other traditional fare signified the culmination of weeks of anticipation for the Class of 2025, teachers, staff and parents participating in the Third-Grade Lū‘au, a tradition and essential event in the grade's yearlong study of Hawaiian culture and history.

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