Thomas Kosasa ’63
2020 “O” in Life Awardee
The list of Tom Kosasa’s ’63 lifetime achievements is as long as it is varied. Add to it two new titles – retired Punahou Trustee and “O” in Life awardee. Kosasa retired from the Punahou Board of Trustees in late May. The Punahou Alumni Association (PAA) awarded Kosasa its most prestigious award this past summer and will host an awards ceremony to honor all of this year’s PAA awardees at a later date.
Kosasa entered Punahou in 1957 as a seventh grader from ‘A¯ina Haina Elementary. At Punahou, he was a member of the National Honor Society and rifle team, which won the state championship in 1963. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in architecture. He completed medical school at Dartmouth and finished his residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Kosasa rose to the rank of major in the U.S. Army; is an accomplished pilot and flight instructor with an ATP rating; a seasoned race car driver with a first-place finish in the North Atlantic Road Racing Series driving a Porsche; the author or co-author of more than 60 professional journal articles; is a pioneer in the field of infertility treatment in Hawai‘i; and has welcomed an amazing number of new lives into this world as an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Kosasa is also one of Punahou’s most generous donors. He and his family launched the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, naming it in honor of his parents. He also made the pledge in May 2019 that officially put Punahou over the top of its $175 million
Ku‘u Punahou campaign.
“We are deeply grateful for all that Tom and his wife, Mi, have done for Punahou,” President Mike Latham ’86 said. “They have made an enormous difference and will always be an integral part of the Punahou ‘ohana.”