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We hope you enjoyed Punahou School’s inaugural Festival of Ideas
on June 7 – 9, 2021.

 
Mahalo to everyone who joined us for three full days of live online events featuring luminary speakers, alumni panels, “talk story” conversations, hands-on workshops, a faculty and student showcase, and even a “Pitch to the Pros” session where students pitch their big ideas for funding and feedback. If you weren't able to join us live, we invite you to watch the event recordings on-demand, from the comfort of your home.
 
In the session descriptions below you’ll see a button to “Watch Recorded Session” linking to a YouTube video. No sign-in is required. Enjoy!

Festival Events

List of 9 items.

  • Building Bold Futures

    BUILDING BOLD FUTURES
    Monday, June 7
    9 a.m. HST / 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST
    One hour
    Opening Keynote & Conversation
    Steve Case ’76, Chairman and CEO, Revolution
    Mark Fukunaga ’74, Chairman and CEO, Servco Pacific, Inc.
    Trustee Emeritus Steve Case ’76 delivers the Festival’s keynote address, sharing his vision for building bold futures through innovation that is both inclusive and impactful. His talk will be followed by a conversation with Trustee Mark Fukunaga ’74 with audience Q&A. Welcome and introductions by Punahou President Mike Latham ’86.
  • Future Now: Alumni on Revolutionary Change

    BUILDING BOLD FUTURES
    Monday, June 7
    10:30 a.m. HST / 1:30 p.m. PST / 4:30 p.m. EST
    One hour
    Panel Discussion
    Chris Burniske 08, Partner, Placeholder
    Allen Murabayashi ’90, Co-founder, PhotoShelter
    Zak Stone 00, Product Manager for Cloud TPUs, Google Brain Team
    Liz Yee 94, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Chief of Staff, The Rockefeller Foundation
    Hear visions of the future from this vibrant panel of alumni working at the forefront of innovation in wide-ranging disciplines including artificial intelligence, cryptoassets, and global pandemic recovery. Audience Q&A to follow.
  • Innovation Showcase

    INNOVATION SHOWCASE
    Monday, June 7 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
    12 p.m. HST / 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST
    Stop by this virtual live showcase to hear about some of the exciting ideas coming out of the Punahou campus. These daily sessions will feature the amazing projects and ventures of students and teachers from all disciplines and ages. A different group of creators will be presenting their work each day, aligned with the day’s theme. We invite you to come learn, discuss, brainstorm, and experience the wonderful array of projects.

    Detailed Schedule Day 1

    Detailed Schedule Day 2

    Detailed Schedule Day 3
  • Explore New Dimensions

    INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
    Monday, June 7
    1 p.m. HST / 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST
    1.5 hOURS
    Workshop
    Bao Jones ’24, Student, Punahou School
    Mark Loughridge, Director of the Case Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurship (CASE), Punahou School
    Join this hands-on workshop to explore augmented reality experiences created by Punahou students and faculty. Watch sharks swim into your room, elements of the periodic table rise up from the cards in your hands, and a Falcon rocket launch from the ground in front of you. Inspired by these experiences, we will brainstorm and shape new ideas together for how these amazing technologies can change the way we work, play and live. Come experience education on the cutting edge, and dream bold futures. No previous experience needed.
    Anyone is welcome to observe the workshop. However, to enjoy the workshop as an active participant you must order the workshop kit in advance that includes the objects and images to trigger each augmented reality experience. Kits are available. Limited supply, so order now!
  • Fearless Innovation in Education

    INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
    Tuesday, June 8
    9 a.m. HST / 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST
    1 hOUR
    Featured Conversation
    Jean Case, CEO, Case Impact Network and Case Foundation
    Emily McCarren, Academy Principal, Punahou School
    Paris Priore-Kim ’76, Junior School Principal, Punahou School
    What’s the “secret sauce” of the brave innovators who have created transformational, breakthrough advances in society? How might we apply these principles as we rethink our approach to education? Find out from Jean Case, in conversation with Academy Principal Emily McCarren and Junior School Principal Paris Priore-Kim ’76. Audience Q&A to follow. Welcome and introductions by Punahou President Mike Latham ’86.
  • Pitch to the Pros!

    INNOVATION SHOWCASE
    Tuesday, June 8
    10:30 a.m. HST / 1:30 p.m. PST / 4:30 p.m. EST
    1 HOUR
    Shark-tank Style Contest for Student Ventures with Judges
    Jean Case, CEO, Case Impact Network and Case Foundation
    Steve Case ’76, Chairman and CEO, Revolution
    Amara Humphry ’05, Head of R&D, Abl
    Meli James ’96, Co-founder, Mana Up
    Dustin Shindo, CEO, Junify Corporation
    Student finalists pitch their venture ideas to an expert panel of judges for funding in an exciting “Shark Tank” style pitch fest. Come cheer on students Noah Takashima ’23, Ashley Tom ’23, Ella Williams ’23, Angela Yu ’23, Yuri Kato ’23, Sascha Pakravan ’22, Kawai Kelekolio ’21, Aidan Bowie ’21, JD Mercado ’21, Will Gotanda ’21, Diego Eann ’21, Beren Wong ’22, Matai Loveman ’22 and Sabina Funasaki ’24. All virtual attendees will be invited to cast a vote for the “Audience Award!”
  • Rediscovering and Sustaining Hawai‘i’s Soul

    SUSTAINABILITY
    Wednesday, June 9
    9 a.m. HST / 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST
    1 HOUR
    Featured Talk Story
    John De Fries ’69, President and CEO, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
    Duane Kurisu, Chairman and CEO, aio
    Punahou Trustee Duane Kurisu and John De Fries ’69 sit down to “talk story” about one of our state’s most daunting questions: How can we progress forward while also sustaining Hawai‘i’s soul?
  • Reinventing a Healthier Planet

    SUSTAINABILITY
    Wednesday, June 9
    10:30 a.m. HST / 1:30 p.m. PST / 4:30 p.m. EST
    1 HOUR
    Panel Discussion
    Celeste Connors ’94, Executive Director, Hawaii Green Growth
    Tom Gammarino, Academy English Faculty, Punahou School
    John Leong ’96, Founder, Pono Pacific Land Management
    Lia Shipman ’91 Colabello, Managing Principal, Planet+Purpose Solutions
    Explore a myriad of ways to join the movement toward a more sustainable future with these inspiring alumni and wayfinders. Audience Q&A to follow.
  • Invent Your Own Reef-safe Sunscreen

    SUSTAINABILITY
    Wednesday, June 9
    1 p.m. HST / 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST
    2 HOURs
    Workshop
    Robyn Fukumoto ’05, Founder, Lani & Kai
    Moani Hibbard, Founder, Ao Ola
    In this hands-on workshop you’ll customize a sustainable mineral sunscreen you’ll love to wear that’s both healthier for you, and for the reefs. What colors will you use? What aromas? You’ll create a prototype and learn how to pitch your idea with Robyn Fukumoto ’05, founder of sustainable sunscreen brand Lani & Kai and Moani Hibbard, founder of local plant-based product company, Ao Ola.
    Anyone is welcome to observe the workshop. However, to enjoy the workshop as an active participant you must order the workshop kit in advance that includes everything you need to customize a mineral sunscreen. Kits are available. Limited supplies, so sign up now to help save our reefs through innovation and entrepreneurship!

Schedule of Events

TIME JUNE 7 JUNE 8 JUNE 9
Building Bold Futures Innovation in Education Sustainability
9 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE
Building Bold Futures
Steve Case ’76, followed by conversation and Q&A with Mark Fukunaga ’74
FEATURED CONVERSATION
Fearless Innovation in Education
Jean Case in conversation with Emily McCarren and Paris Priore-Kim ’76
FEATURED CONVERSATION
Rediscovering and Sustaining Hawai‘i’s Soul
Duane Kurisu talking story with John De Fries ’69
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.      
10:30 a.m. ALUMNI PANEL
Future Now: Alumni on Revolutionary Change
Zak Stone ’00, Liz Yee ’94, Chris Burniske ’08 - moderated by Allen Murabayashi ’90
WORKSHOP
Pitch to the Pros!
Student contestants pitch their ideas to entrepreneur judges Steve Case ’76, Jean Case, Meli James ’96, Dustin Shindo, Amara Humphry ’05
ALUMNI PANEL
Reinventing a Healthier Planet
Celeste Connors ’94, Lia Shipman ’91 Colabello, John Leong ’96 - moderated by Tom Gammarino
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Noon INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
Detailed Schedule
INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
Detailed Schedule
INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
Detailed Schedule
12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. WORKSHOP
Explore New Dimensions
A Hands-on Workshop in Augmented Reality with Mark Loughridge and Bao Jones ’24
WORKSHOP
Invent Your Own Reef-safe Sunscreen
with Robyn Fukumoto ’05
1:30 p.m.  
2 p.m.
2:30 p.m.  
JUNE 7
Building Bold Futures
9 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE
Building Bold Futures
Steve Case ’76, followed by conversation and Q&A with Mark Fukunaga ’74
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.  
10:30 a.m. ALUMNI PANEL
Future Now: Alumni on Revolutionary Change
Zak Stone ’00, Liz Yee ’94, Chris Burniske ’08 - moderated by Allen Murabayashi ’90
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Noon INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
(separate program coming soon)
12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. WORKSHOP
Explore New Dimensions
A Hands-on Workshop in Augmented Reality with Mark Loughridge and Bao Jones ’24
1:30 p.m.
2 p.m.
2:30 p.m.  
JUNE 8
Innovation in Education
9 a.m. FEATURED CONVERSATION
Fearless Innovation in Education
Jean Case in conversation with Emily McCarren and Paris Priore-Kim ’76
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.  
10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP
Pitch to the Pros!
Student contestants pitch their ideas to entrepreneur judges Steve Case ’76, Jean Case, Meli James ’96, Dustin Shindo, Amara Humphry ’05
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Noon INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
(separate program coming soon)
12:30 p.m.
1 p.m.
1:30 p.m.  
2 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
JUNE 9
Sustainability
9 a.m. FEATURED CONVERSATION
Rediscovering and Sustaining Hawai‘i‘s Soul
Duane Kurisu talking story with John De Fries ’69
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.  
10:30 a.m. ALUMNI PANEL
Reinventing a Healthier Planet
Celeste Connors ’94, Lia Shipman ’91 Colabello, John Leong ’96 - moderated by Tom Gammarino
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Noon INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Punahou students and faculty share their innovations
(separate program coming soon)
12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. WORKSHOP
Invent Your Own Reef-safe Sunscreen
with Robyn Fukumoto ’05
1:30 p.m.
2 p.m.
2:30 p.m.  

Featured Speakers

 

List of 23 items.

  • Chris Burniske ’08

    Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a New York venture firm that invests in decentralized information networks. Prior to Placeholder, he co-authored, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond, and spearheaded ARK Invest’s crypto efforts, including its 2015 bitcoin investment. 
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  • Jean Case

    Jean Case is Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Impact Network and Case Foundation. She has a long and diverse track record of transformation and change management as a business builder, policy advocate, philanthropist, investor and tech pioneer. She was a pioneer in bringing the Internet to the masses, and served as an executive at AOL for nearly a decade, overseeing all marketing that established AOL as the #1 Internet brand and the first Internet company to go public.
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  • Steve Case ’76 (Keynote)

    Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and a pioneer in making the internet part of everyday life. Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL). Under Steve’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, helping to drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. 
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  • Lia Shipman ’91 Colabello

    Lia Colabello develops and manages award-winning sustainability initiatives for organizations, with a focus on reducing single-use plastic, pursuing Climate Neutral and B Corporation certifications, implementing circular economy strategies and engaging entire brand ecosystems in these efforts. 
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  • Celeste Connors ’94

    Celeste Connors is the Executive Director of Hawai‘i Green Growth. She has 20 years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. Previously, she was CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, to build resilient infrastructure systems in vulnerable communities. She was previously the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House, and has served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany.
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  • John De Fries ’69

    John De Fries was appointed as president and chief executive officer of the Hawai‘i Tourism  Authority (HTA) on September 16, 2020. HTA is the State of Hawai‘i agency responsible for strategically managing state support of the tourism industry. 
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  • Robyn Fukumoto ’05

    Robyn Fukumoto ’05 has spent the last decade working across business and strategy arms of new venture development. Over the past four years at Boston Consulting Group's Digital Venture (DV) arm, she's led Fortune 500 companies to innovate and build new businesses.
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  • Mark Fukunaga ’74

    Mark Fukunaga ’74 serves as the Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) and is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and Servco Australia’s board of director. Servco’s businesses are in automotive retailing and distribution businesses, with operations in Hawai‘i and Australia, and mobility with Hui Car Share. Servco’s San Francisco investment office is active in venture and growth capital investments. Fukunaga currently serves as Chair of its largest investment to date, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
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  • Tom Gammarino

    Tom Gammarino joined Punahou’s Academy English faculty in 2010. He is the author of the novels King of the Worlds (Chin Music Press, 2016) and Big in Japan (Chin Music Press, 2009), and the novella Jellyfish Dreams (Amazon Kindle Single, 2012). 
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  • Moani Hibbard

    Moani Hibbard is a workshop teacher, licensed esthetician and mother who spent more than 8 years working with Hawaiʻiʻs conservation field, native Hawaiian plants and honing her craft. Her roots in Hawaiian immersion and love for how plants have the power to benefit our skin and overall health lead to the creation of Ao Ola, ‘āina to skin, skin to mana plant-based products.  
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  • Amara Humphry ’05

    Amara Humphry ’05 is a social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience building impactful education products for K-12 schools, teachers, and students.  She is committed to increasing equity in education by designing technology for students and teachers who need it most. In 2016, she was recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 as the co-founder of Gooru, which uses big data and crowdsourcing to provide teachers with free tools to personalize learning. 
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  • Meli James ’96

    Meli James is the cofounder of Mana Up, a Hawaii-based product accelerator and economic development initiative building the state’s next generation of consumer brands. Born and raised in Honolulu, Meli lived in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years where she co-founded and contributed to numerous startups in the Bay Area and Honolulu, including Nirvino, which was a #1 ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 App and Top Ten Lifestyles App during its time.
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  • Bao Jones ’24

    Bao Jones ’24 is a freshman in the Academy at Punahou School. His interests are math, physics, and science in general. The project being showcased is a result of Bao’s interest in using augmented reality to find new ways for students to engage in science learning.
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  • Duane Kurisu

    Duane K. Kurisu is a real estate investor and owns and self-manages office buildings, shopping centers and industrial parks. He is also the Chairman and CEO of aio, a holding company for businesses with brands focused on Hawaii and the Pacific in the areas of media, technology, sports and food.
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  • Mike Latham ’86

    After an accomplished academic career as an educator and college administrator, Mike Latham ’86 began his tenure as the 17th president of Punahou School in July 2019. Prior to returning to Hawai‘i, Latham served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Grinnell College in Iowa, a nationally ranked liberal arts college known for innovative teaching.
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  • John Leong ’96

    John Leong is an environmental entrepreneur with a passion for creating a more resilient Hawai‘i. He has helped develop Hawai‘i’s green jobs industry and founded Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC, the only comprehensive, private natural resource management company in Hawai‘i. In 2007, John co-founded the non-profit organization, Kupu, with his wife, Julianna Rapu ’97 Leong, to cultivate positive environmental impact by focusing on developing Hawai‘i’s next generation of environmental stewards and community leaders.
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  • Mark Loughridge

    Mark Loughridge is director of the Case Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Punahou School. Previously, he co-founded Foundation 9 Entertainment (F9E), which at the time grew to be the largest independent game developer in the world. F9E made software games for every major market, publisher and hardware platform around the world including Disney, Pixar, Microsoft, SONY, Nintendo, Hasbro, Mattel, Scholastic, PBS, the MIT Media Lab and more. 
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  • Emily McCarren

    Emily McCarren serves as the Punahou Academy Principal. Originally from Vermont, Dr. McCarren graduated from Colby College in Maine where she majored in Spanish and Biology, and was a two-sport athlete, captaining the Alpine ski team and lacrosse team. She holds two master’s degrees: in Spanish Literature from the Saint Louis University Madrid campus and in Educational Leadership from the Teachers College Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi, where her dissertation examined the role of teacher care on a student’s online learning experience.
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  • Allen Murabayashi ’90

    Allen Murabayashi was born and raised in Honolulu. He was a founding employee of hotjobs.com, where he helped grow the company from a 4-person start-up to a publicly traded company with 675 employees in 4 countries. Subsequently in 2005, he co-founded PhotoShelter, an online visual asset management system. He serves as co-chair for Save the Music Foundation, a national organization that supports music education in predominantly low income public schools. 
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  • Paris Priore-Kim ’76

    Paris Priore-Kim ’76 has served as Punahou Junior School Principal since the 2015 – 16 school year. An alumna of Punahou, she began her tenure at Punahou as a substitute and summer school teacher in the Junior School, joining the faculty full-time in 1998 as a middle school social studies teacher. After serving one year as Assistant Director of the Luke Center for Public Service, she became an Academy Dean in the 2007 – 2008 school year, leading the Classes of 2011 and 2015. 
     
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  • Dustin Shindo

    Dustin Shindo serves as CEO of Junify Corporation, a Palo Alto based startup focused on remote workers and the cloud access security software. Prior to Junify, Dustin founded Pono Corporation, which through its subsidiaries worked in healthcare data, medical devices, and drug development. In 2001, he co-founded Hoku Scientific, a material science and renewable energy company that he led to a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market in 2005. 
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  • Zak Stone ’00

    Zak Stone is the Product Manager for Cloud TPUs on the Google Brain Team, where he helps guide the development of cutting-edge supercomputers for machine learning that are available (sometimes for free!) to students, researchers, and businesses all over the world. 
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  • Liz Yee ’94

    Elizabeth Yee is the Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Chief of Staff at The Rockefeller Foundation. She oversees global programs, strategic priorities and serves as a strategic advisor to The Foundation’s President, Dr. Rajiv Shah. She joined The Foundation in 2019 as Managing Director, Climate and Resilience. In 2015, Liz joined 100 Resilient Cities, a project sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation, where she led support for 100+ non-profit and for-profit enterprises to implement resilience projects globally. 
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Mahalo for your support!

The Innovation and Application of Knowledge Working Group

  • Helen Chao-Casano
    Work Group Member
  • Tiffany Coke
    Work Group Co-Chair
  • Todd Funasaki
    Work Group Member, Showcase Lead for “Building Bold Futures”
  • Danette Kobayashi
    Work Group Member
  • Mark Loughridge
    Work Group Member/Festival of Ideas Co-Lead
  • Taryn Loveman
    Work Group Member
  • Jennifer Roble
    Work Group Co-Chair, Showcase Lead for “Innovation in Education”
  • Holly Sereni
    Work Group Member/Festival of Ideas Co-Lead
  • Robyn Vierra
    Work Group Member/Showcase Lead for “Sustainability”