In 2016, Punahou celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding. The festivities kicked off at the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year and the entire Punahou community was invited to join in the yearlong celebration by attending an event on campus or around the world (or via webcast), sharing a memory, or contributing to the collection of 175 acts of service.
- Worldwide Toast
- Punahou Presents
- Punahou Sessions
- Student Performances
- Punahou in 50 Objects
- Acts of Service
- Ka Punahou Book
- Behind the Celebration
- The 175th Anniversary Song “Punahou Stand Strong”
- “America” from “West Side Story”
- “Why God, Why?” from “Miss Saigon”
- “12 Short Pieces for Violin and Piano”
- “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from “Les Miserables”
- “Something Wonderful” from “The King and I”
- “The Manson Trio” from “Pippin”
- “As Long as He Needs Me” from “Oliver!”
- “Rhapsody in Blue”
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
- “One” from “A Chorus Line”
Music and lyrics by Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia
Contemporary choreography by Ahnya Chang ’97
Hula choreography by Emma McGuire ’93
Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia, Summer Derrickson ’16, Celia Kenney ’16
Ahnya Chang ’97, Kana‘i Eldredge ’16, Evan Haines ’16, Haley Kagimoto ’16, ‘Aukai Lileikis ’16, Emma McGuire ’93, Ariana Miyake ’16, J.P. Muasau ’16, Helena Schaefer ’14, Janie Schaefer ’15,
Kupuna and Keiki
Vicky Hollinger ’59 and Kamaka‘alohia McGuire-Yap ’27, Charlys Ing ’63 and Kristin Ing ’90 Aune, Tom “Tiger” Metcalf and Paris Priore-Kim ’76
‘Anela Apo ’16, Kalpana Balaraman ’16, Madison Garcia ’16, Allie Saunders ’16
Fiona Chin ’16, Kiersten Chong ’16, Laura Hollison ’16, Katherine Lin ’16, Madison Miura ’16, Korilyn Okamoto ’16, Kaydi Onaga ’16
George Gershwin, composer
Choreographed by Charlys Ing ’63
Beryl Yanagi-Fugita and Jennifer Perry ’85 on piano
Ke‘ala Akau ’18, Kaitlyn Buehler ’18, Cristyn Dang ’15, Candice Hatakeyama ’17, Kaitlin Hennessey ’18, Caitlyn Kwan ’17, Kelly Kwan ’14, Katherine Lin ’16, Claire Mai ’17, Melissa Miura ’15, Madison Miura ’16, Kristin Nishimura ’14, Talia Preis ’17
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban
Kristin Ing ’90 Aune, Lindsey Bailey ’08, Pauline Lo ’71 Bailey, Ahnya Chang ’97, Leanne Day ’03, Jackie Dowsett ’98 Ballinger, Willy Falk ’76, Kikilia Fordham ’82, Allison Higa ’86, Rick Manayan ’13, Sumire Matsubara ’09, Andrew Sakaguchi ’88, Janie Schaefer ’15, Jason Tam ’01, Heather Taylor ’92, Brenda Wong ’76 Yim
Musical Director, Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia; Keyboard I, Sachi Hirakouji; Keyboard II/Cello, Allen Murabayashi ’90; Bass, Matthew Cody Love ’05; Violin, Duane Padilla; Drums/Percussion, Clarke Bright
Director and Stage Manager, Paul D. Palmore; Musical Director, Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia; Technical Director and Light Design, P. Brian Gilhooly; Assistant Technical Director, Travis Flazer; Set Design, Paul D. Palmore, P. Brian Gilhooly, Travis Flazer; Lighting Design, P. Brian Gilhooly; Costume Design, Vickie Van Wagner; Assistant Costume Coordinator, Dvorah Neubauer Governale; Sound, Chris Gouveia ’00; Assistant Stage Manager, Erica Ito ’17; Follow Spots, Kristen Takebayashi ’16, Marissa Takebayashi ’16; Tickets, Krystle Hara ’03, Lisa Amador, Jessica Wong ’81
Lea Woods Friedman ’93 Almanza
From singing along with Mr. Yorck in 1st grade, performing as a Holoku director and musician under the guidance of Kumu Dave, to her favorite Dillingham Hall memory of sophomore year in the musical “Peter Pan” as Wendy – sharing the stage with her baby brother John '02 as Michael Darling, her 13 years at Punahou truly helped to nurture Lea’s love and joy in music through all genres. Even when performing professionally around the globe as an opera singer, Lea knew O‘ahu was where she wanted to raise a family. Thus, with great gratitude she is now able to watch her own two kids start their Punahou journey on this amazing campus! She breathes each day grateful to Live Joy & Give Joy through the gift of music with her LWA Vocal Studio students and performing at Diamond Head Theatre.
Kristin Ing ’90 Aune
Kristin is on the faculty at Punahou Dance School, and is honored to work with this exceptional community and teach alongside her mother, Charlys Ing. She also teaches dance classes for the Parkinson’s community. Punahou, Yale University, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Inspiration - her brilliant students and colleagues inspire her every day!
Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia
Roz is a songwriter, playwright, musical director, singer, teacher, worship leader and lifelong learner. She is Director of Worship and Performing Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. Roz attended the University of Hawai‘i ’88, B.A. in Liberal Studies with a self-designed “Creative Arts” major, combining combined Art, Music, Drama, Speech and Poetry. Inspiration - her mother, Beebe Freitas, is her first and primary inspiration, and Dr. Scott’s speeches to the graduating class over the past 10+ years have deepened her love for the School and her desire to give back. “Watching students respond and fall in love with singing and music, truly rocks my world. I sing my praises to Jesus forever and ever! I am a very thankful girl.”
Ahnya Chang ’97
Ahnya is on the faculty at Punahou Dance School, and is a performer,
director, and choreographer in Honolulu. She spent several years as a Teaching Artist with the National Dance Institute, and trained in Kathak dance in New Delhi and New York City, where she performed with the Kathak Ensemble. Inspiration - Her teachers and colleagues, who continue to remind her how much there is to share with students and audiences. “Creative arts and live performance bring out unique qualities in all who have the privilege to participate, and help us be our best in every area of our lives. Arts educators have a special opportunity to reach people and guide them toward that level of personal excellence.”
Willy Falk ’76
Based in New York City for the past 34 years, Willy is a Tony-nominated veteran of seven Broadway shows, numerous off-Broadway shows and touring companies, as well as opera and concert work in the U.S. and abroad. As a performer, it is his hope to entertain and to make people happy. At Punahou, encouraged by his voice and dance teachers, Willy received a scholarship for his lessons. In addition to a strong academic foundation, he was exposed to the performing arts which changed his life, and for which he will always be grateful. Willy attended Harvard University ’79, B.A. in English and American Literature; The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art ’80. Inspiration - “people who do the right thing even if it is not the easy thing.”
Laura Keller ’06
Laura began playing the violin at age three and has performed ever since. From kindergarten through graduation, Punahou helped to foster the importance of sharing her gift and love of music with others. Laura sees “giving back” as a way of saying a heartfelt thank you! She currently lives in San Francisco, is a violin faculty member at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, and performs throughout the Bay Area. Laura attended New England Conservatory ’10, Bachelor of Music; Yale University ’12, Master of Music. Inspiration - “the experiences I’ve had and the people who have taught me the things that have shaped my world and who I am.”
Sumire Matsubara ’09
Entertainment has been in Sumi’s blood through her grandfather and grandmother on both sides of the family. She was “bitten by the theatre bug” in her first summer musical, “Once On This Island,” in 7th grade at Punahou. Sumi attended Carnegie Mellon University. Inspiration - her mother, stepfather, brother Oliver, friends, teachers and mentors. “Without their help and guidance and love, I could’ve never achieved the things I have in my life.”
Andrew Sakaguchi ’88
A dancer/singer/actor, teacher, director and choreographer based in New York City, Andrew has had an extensive career in dance and musical theater that has taken him around the world. He has fond memories performing on the Dillingham stage with Punahou Dance School, Dance Theater, and Chorale, and it is a pleasure and a privilege for him to return home. He also notes, “I’m proud to perform in memory of the wonderful Gary Heidel.” Inspiration – “So many people have inspired me, so I will choose the children: They thrill me with their possibility and demand that I do my all to empower them toward a bright and limitless future.”
Jason Tam ’01
Jason’s numerous credits include: Broadway: “If/Then,” “Lysistrata Jones,” “A Chorus Line,” “Les Misérables.” Off-Broadway: “Marry Me A Little.” Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Casa Mañana, Sharon Playhouse. NY/Workshop: “Nobody Loves You,” “Allegiance,” “The Last Goodbye,” “Clueless,” “The Black Suits,” “The Nightingale,” “The Yellow Wood.” TV: “Do No Harm,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Guilty,” “One Life to Live,” “Beyond the Break.” Film: “Every Little Step” (documentary). Jason attended New York University ’05, B.F.A.
Clarke is thankful to God to be able to serve Him and others with the gift of music. He loves and is so proud of his family and being able to partner with others in creating an art form that will serve, honor and bless the community. Clarke graduated from the University of Hawai‘i ’87, B.Ed. and a secondary degree in Music. He is inspired by his Dad, the late Ron Bright.
Matthew Cody Love ’05
Matt is a freelance musician, performing and teaching locally. He can most often be found on stage with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, but also plays a wide variety of music across the island. Matt studied double bass performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He loves returning to campus whenever he can. Whether he’s teaching music in Montague or recording a concert in Dillingham, he feels a sense of joy to be able to give back to the Punahou community. Inspiration - his colleagues, and he “finds the passion and perseverance of his students most intoxicating and truly a daily gift.”
Sachi can be seen all over campus as an accompanist for Punahou choirs and theater productions, private voice students and string students. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i and University of Washington with degrees in piano performance. Inspiration – “the community that appreciates and understands the life-impact of performing arts and those who show their passion for performing arts on stage.”
Allen Murabayashi ’90
Allen is a New York-based Internet entrepreneur, who notes that he loves to eat, and flosses daily. Allen attended Yale University ’94, majoring in Music. Inspiration – “meeting someone new with a great voice! Punahou has helped produce so many talented alumni, and it is a pleasure to play with them.”
Duane has been a violin teacher at Punahou Music School since 2003 and serves on the National Board of the American String Teachers Association. He performs with Hot Club of Hulaville, L'Escargot and Tuscany. Growing up, Duane was taken “under the wing” of mentors that helped to “show him the way.” Teaching at Punahou is his way of paying that gift forward. Duane attended Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and B.A. in Psychology; Yale University, Master of Music in Violin and Violin Performance. Inspiration - Duane’s guiding force comes from the great violin pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki: “Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
Jennifer Perry ’85
Jennifer is a proud graduate of Punahou and the University of Colorado, where she earned a Bachelor and Master of Music in piano performance, chamber music, accompanying, music theory, and ethnomusicology, and a M.S. in Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist.
Since 1982, Beryl has been a member of the piano faculty at Punahou Music School and teachs private and group lessons. As a collaborative artist for the past 40 years, Beryl’s credits are numerous across the Islands. Beryl attended University of Hawai‘i, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance; and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Master of Music in Piano Performance. Inspiration - her mentors: Isabel Haran, Martha Kunimura, Paul Lyddon, David Burge and Beebe Freitas; students, past and present; and colleagues and friends in the Music School and throughout the campus and community.
Pauline Lo ’71 Bailey
“Dance allowed me to explore world cultures; inspired passion, commitment, creativity, and hope. Dance saved my life.” Pauline is currently a Punahou administrator. University of the Pacific in English Literature; California State University at Northridge in Education. Inspiration – “my daughters.”
Leanne Day ‘03
“Performing offers a medium to not only express myself, but to also communicate with an audience in ways that transcend verbal conversation.” Scripps College '07 with an English Honors major; University of Washington M.A. in English; and currently in the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington. Inspiration – “my parents.”
Jackie Dowsett ’98 Ballinger
As a dancer, you may have seen Jackie as a backup dancer for Cher, a Radio City Rockette or a Cheerio in “Glee.” Most recently, she choreographed Punahou’s productions of “The Pajama Game” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Southern Methodist University, B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Elementary Education ’02 magna cum laude. Inspiration - Teachers. “A great teacher can change a student’s life!”
Kikilia Fordham ’82
Kikilia is in Advancement at Punahou School. SUNY Purchase ’86, B.F.A. in Dance; Boston University ’95, M.S. in Administration. Inspiration – Jean Erdman ’33 Campbell “for making me feel like I could do anything and of course to my ‘ruggies; Janiepayne ’15, Lenabugz ’14, Rudedog ’08 and AllieKat Schaefer who don’t take me too seriously.”
Vicky Hollinger ‘59
“Performing with the Punahou Alumni Glee Club keeps me connected to our school and enables me to share my music and knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture with our Glee members and those for whom we perform.” San Francisco State College, B.A. Humanities.
Charlys Ing ’63
Charlys has been the director of Punahou Dance School since 1989. Wellesley College B.A. ’67; University of Hawai‘i ’72, M.Ed. Inspiration - “I am inspired by the joy, enthusiasm and confidence exuded by our dance students and by the artistry and commitment of our extraordinary Dance School faculty.”
Kelly Kwan ’14
“I’m an adventure-seeking, brunch-loving, accident-prone, Netflix-obsessed, sleep-deprived, about-to-be junior at Scripps College in Claremont, California.” Majoring in Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture with a focus on Human Rights and Social Justice, with a Chinese minor. Inspiration - “my Mom.”
Rick Hong Manayan ’13
Rick is a choreographer/dancer/poet in Middletown, Connecticut and Honolulu. Wesleyan University ’17 majoring in dance and sociology. Inspiration – “my family and those who’ve taken me in regardless of my
Emma McGuire ’93
Emma is currently an Academy Hawaiian language teacher. University of Hawai‘i, B.Ed. in elementary education and M.A. in Hawaiian language. Inspiration – “the people in my life who struggle in their own ways and continue to persevere.”
Tiger Tom Metcalf, the Dancing Dean
Tom started at Punahou as a 6th-grade teacher in 1950 and retired in 1990 as an Academy class dean, having graduated eight classes. Middlebury College '49, B.A.; Columbia University, Teachers College '61, M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. Inspiration – “Jo Flanders ‘discovered’ me in a Faculty Talent Show. I owe it all to her. Just a ham at heart!”
Melissa Miura '15
Melissa attends Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Inspiration - Charlys Ing.
Kristin Nishimura '14
Attends Scripps College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance, and will be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during fall ’16. Inspiration – “I have been inspired to give back to Punahou through helping young dancers in dance classes.”
Janie Schaefer ’15
Attends Ithaca College working toward a B.F.A. in Acting. Inspiration – “my Mom, Kikilia Fordham.”
Helena Schaefer ’14
Attends Sarah Lawrence College ’18 Yonkers, New York. Inspiration - “Music inspires me to express my own creativity and artistic abilities. Working as a common thread for humanity and nature across the globe, music inspires me to learn about and understand a wide variety of cultures, while motivating me to use that knowledge and skill to affect global change.”
Heather Taylor ’92
“Telling a story through dance and song feeds my soul.” Heather is the Junior School Drama Resource Teacher at Punahou. University of Virginia, B.A. in Math, M.T. in Secondary Education; Columbia University Teachers College, M.Ed. in Private School Leadership. Inspiration – “everyone who has a passion and follows it.”
Brenda Wong ’76 Yim
Brenda currently works with her husband, Dr. Ernie Yim, in a private medical practice and as director of The Dancing Docs! University of California Irvine and UCLA, majoring in Fine Arts. Inspiration – “my six children – Amber, Eric, Brandon, Ryan, Jade and Nicholas Noah. I keep active ‘dancing around’ the never-ending surprises they bring to my life.”
Performed during Alumni Lu‘au on June 11, 2016, this special hula was dedicated to Punahou’s 175th anniversary year. The dance is set to "Punahou," a song that pays tribute to the life-giving waters springing forth from beneath the hala tree.
This hula was choreographed by Lauli'a Phillips ’98 Ah Wong and Leilehua Phillips ’95 Utu, co-directors of the HĀ program and co-directors of the Holokū Pageant and the Case Middle School May Day program. Hula dancers are Lauli’a Phillips ’98 Ah Wong and Allen Kam ’89. Holokū Musicians are: Pal Eldredge ’64, Waileia Mineshima-Eldredge ’94, Noe Kong-Johnson ’15, Wil Tafolo ’06 and Dj Utu ’21.
The following tutorial video was flipped to make it easy for dancers to mirror the moves.
Aia i ka Punahou
Wai aʻo Kāneloa
A he loa ka helena
E ʻimi i ka pono
A he pono kaulike
For you a me aʻu
Haʻina ka puana
Wai aʻo Kāneloa
It is there at Punahou (the new spring)
The water of Kāneloa (great Kāne)
It was a long journey
The search for this precious gift
For both you and I
Let the story be told
About the waters of Kāneloa
Punahou Sessions is a set of live music videos created and produced by Allen Murabayashi ’90 in honor of Punahou’s 175th anniversary, to celebrate the extraordinary depth and diversity of talent among alumni and students who create music. Featuring a representative collection of musicians spanning the classes of 1946 – 2020, the Sessions combines musicians in a variety of musical genres, recorded live on the Punahou campus.
Mahalo for the generous contributions of time and talent to the musicians, to Allen Murabayashi ’90 for his inspiration, Darin Leong ’95 for mixing and mastering the multi-track audio and Evan Asato ’11 for directing and filming. Enjoy the Sessions, share them, create your own music. (See Murabayashi’s Producer Notes.)
Special performances celebrated Punahou’s 175th anniversary throughout the 2015 – 2016 school year. Students learned of the School’s rich history through performing in or attending two productions about the founding and earliest days of Punahou: The Founders Play and The First Generation. The Punahou Symphony joined in the anniversary festivities with a performance of “Swell Lines,” a musical piece composed by Punahou alumnus Dr. Jon Magnussen ’86.
Written by faculty and acted by students, the Founders Play tells the history of the founding of Punahou 175 years ago. The play, performed for K – 12 students during Chapel services at the beginning of this school year, spans 50 years and honors the School’s Hawaiian and Christian roots.
The play tells the story of a young Hawaiian named ‘Opukaha‘ia who left the Islands aboard a cargo vessel to New England in 1809. There, he inspired seven young American couples to become the first company of missionaries to voyage to Hawai‘i and begin the work of converting the Hawaiian people to Christianity.
At the time of their arrival, the lands of Ka Punahou were in the care of Boki, the governor of O‘ahu, and his wife Liliha (whose grandfather, Kame‘eiamoku, received the lands as a gift from Kamehameha I). It was through the influence of Queen Ka‘ahumanu, Kamehameha’s favorite wife and queen regent, that the Sandwich Islands Mission was granted the Punahou lands.
The Founders Play was written by Lizzy Cooper ’63 Lowrey, Heather Taylor ’92 and Chaplain Lauren Buck Medeiros. Ensemble cast: Caleb Balisacan ’17, Katja Berthold ’17, Kai Cox ’18, Harley Derrickson ’18, Summer Derrickson ’16, David Di Martino ’17, Nathalie Jones ’17, Celia Kenney ’16, Malia Kiang ’18, Michael Kiang ’16, Lani Saunders ’17, Kylie Shaieb ’18, Malia Ane ’72 (ipu) and Beebe Freitas (piano).
The First Generation Play
Written by Lizzy Cooper ’63 Lowrey and her students in 1991 to honor Punahou’s 150th anniversary, this play picks up the story of Punahou’s first year after the Founders Play ends. It is based on original journals and newspaper articles written by the first Punahou students.
Current Junior School drama teacher Heather Taylor ’92 revived the play to celebrate the School’s 175th anniversary. The play was performed for students, faculty and staff in Thurston Memorial Chapel in March 2016.
The play begins with the very first day of school: July 11, 1842. Junior School students reenacted scenes of students traveling to campus in wagons, working in the School’s gardens and studying constellations.
The play also introduced students to several individuals who played a vital role in the founding and establishing of Punahou.
Composer and Punahou alumnus Dr. Jon Magnussen ’86 dedicated the musical piece, “Swell Lines” to Director of Academy Orchestras Jonas Carlson and the Punahou Symphony in celebration of the School’s 175th anniversary.
Now a graduate from the Juilliard School, accomplished composer and assistant professor of music at University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, Magnussen adapted his ocean-inspired work for a string quartet into a piece for the Punahou Symphony, complete with bass parts and solos.
Earlier, Carlson had invited Magnussen to submit his music for students to play. Magnussen took him up on the offer, going above and beyond in dedicating “Swell Lines” to the Punahou Symphony.
As a student, Magnussen played violin in the Punahou Symphony under the direction of the late Edward Springer from 1984 – 1986.
A collective storytelling project to celebrate the School’s history.
There is a wealth of objects, texts, artifacts and narratives that bring the School's past to life while shedding light on its present and future. Many of these objects and the stories behind them were curated into an exhibit at Punahou's 175th Anniversary celebration in 2016, called Punahou in 50 Objects. The entire Punahou community was invited to contribute their ideas, objects and anecdotes, making this collective storytelling exercise a multi-vocal reflection of the School.
This commemorative 175th anniversary hard-bound book combines thought-provoking essays, stunning photographs of the campus today and profiles of engaging alumni that provide an inside look at Punahou School.
Chair of the 175th Steering Committee Trustee Ethan Abbott ’72 was well-versed in Punahou’s tradition of anniversary celebrations: He was a fifth-grader during Punahou’s 125th celebration and a member of the Trustee steering committee for the 150th under the leadership of Dan Case ’42. In the five years leading up to Punahou’s 175th anniversary, Abbott brought together School administrators, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers in a coordinated effort to plan for the celebration.
Trustee Emeritus Dan Case '42 and Trustee Ethan Abbott '72, 175th Chair.