Home in Jacksonville, Florida may be 4,700 miles from Honolulu, but Frances Thompson '46 Lynch always held Punahou and Hawai'i close to her heart.
Ka Punahou Society
The legend of Ka Punahou speaks of the spring at the heart of Punahou School, a center of nourishment and revitalization. This perpetual spring inspired the establishment of Ka Punahou Society in 1996 to honor and recognize Punahou’s planned giving donors. Their deferred gifts provide a lasting source of support for the School just as the waters of that spring do for the lands that surround it, and the School does for its students and alumni.
Planned giving donors play an important role in Punahou’s success. One of the first of these visionary individuals was trustee and Punahou parent Reverend Samuel Chenery Damon who left instructions in his will to endow financial aid at Punahou School. Since its establishment in 1885, the Reverend Samuel Chenery Damon Financial Aid Fund has helped hundreds of students afford a Punahou education. Throughout its history, Punahou School has been the fortunate beneficiary of many more planned gifts from donors who sought to make an enduring contribution to Punahou’s future.
Loveday Conquest '66 remembers well the stepped-up pace of HWs and reading assignments during her freshman year at the Claremont Colleges.
When Luanna Farden '56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka'aumoana McKenney '83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy.
As a student, Hugh Tennent '65 didn't always realize how fortunate he was to attend Punahou. But after celebrating his 50th Class Reunion last summer, he chose to set up an endowed financial aid fund through his estate plan in honor of his parents, Valentine '37 and Jeanne Tennent, who made it possible for him to have a wonderful childhood.