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2021 Annual Report

Endowed Funds

Punahou’s endowment is a sustainable funding source that provides current and future revenue streams to support the School’s educational mission and vision. The endowment consists of over 900 separate restricted and unrestricted funds, established over many years for a wide variety of purposes, with a total market value estimated to be $356 million as of June 30, 2023.

Since 1859, when Punahou’s first named endowed fund was established, generous donors have invested in the Punahou priorities that align with their interests. Endowed funds support Punahou in perpetuity and attest to our donors’ inspirations and legacies.

See more information about Punahou’s Endowment and a full list of all funds.

The following new funds were established during the 2022 – 2023 school year.

List of 23 items.

  • Abe-Araki

    The fund was established to honor the memory of Masaru and Kikue Araki and Shigeru and Louise Abe. From their humble beginnings, these families established successful businesses in Haleʻiwa in the 1930s (Araki) and the 1940s (Abe). 
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  • Aldyne D. “Bren” Breneman

    This endowed financial aid fund was established by Dr. John Corboy ’56 in honor of beloved Academy Speech teacher Aldyne D. “Bren” Breneman, who taught at Punahou from 1945 – 1968. Bren was an inspiring speech and drama teacher, who taught broadcasting, coached debate and directed many plays and Variety Shows in Dillingham Hall. The Breneman Fund shall provide support for students at Punahou in kindergarten – grade 12, who qualify for financial aid, with a preference for students who have an interest in drama and speech.
  • Allan ’53 and Joan Burns

    The Allan ’53 and Joan Burns Endowed Financial Aid Fund was established in 2021 at Punahou in Allan’s memory. Allan P. Burns ’53 was born on May 18, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, Donald, was an attorney, and his mother, Pauline, was a homemaker, who became a secretary and single mother when her husband died suddenly when Allan was nine. His older brother, Donald Jr., was stationed at Pearl Harbor, and helped support the family, and when Allan was 12, he and his mother moved to Hawai‘i.
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  • Bob Young ’50

    As a student photographer for Ka Punahou, Punahou’s school newspaper, Bob Young first gained an appreciation for inquiry and image that led to a storied career as a photojournalist in Hawai‘i. Bob captured a cross section of life in Hawai‘i through his lens. This fund hopes to inspire future students to realize the transformative power of truth captured in pictures or words, by supporting journalism and student publications at Punahou School. The Bob Young ’50 Endowed Fund was established in Bob’s memory (dec. 1/9/2009), by his daughter, Tara Young ’93, and Avi Mannis in 2017.
  • Brian Suite ’10 Student-Athlete Scholarship

    Brian Suite ’10 was an avid outdoorsman and multi-sport athlete who enjoyed every minute of his 13-year journey through Punahou School. He was grateful for the experiences he had, the opportunities he was given and the friends he made. And he embraced the lessons he learned outside of the classroom – especially through Punahou’s Outdoor Education program, the Boy Scouts, community sports and Punahou Athletics.
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  • Christine Sakumoto ’65 Drake

    Christine and David Drake honor the memory of her parents, Miriam Mieko and Edward Matsuo Sakumoto, with this fund. Their primary goal in bringing up two daughters was for them to have the best possible education, an opportunity that was not available to them.
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  • Dr. Carl R. and Dr. Lyn K. Ackerman

    Dr. Carl R. Ackerman and Dr. Lyn K. Ackerman have spent more than three decades serving Hawai‘i’s youth through education and service. Both of them have higher degrees in education and have devoted their lives to working at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE), and ‘Iolani and Punahou schools.
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  • Dr. Edward and Alberta Yamada Family

    The Dr. Edward and Alberta Yamada Family Endowed Financial Aid Fund was established in 2017 by Stuart Yamada ’82 who was celebrating his 35th Punahou Class Reunion. He is grateful to have attended Punahou School for 13 years from kindergarten through grade 12 and wanted to give back to his Punahou family. He values Punahou’s academic opportunities and the lifelong friendships he has made.
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  • Ho‘omau Endowed Financial Aid Fund

    The Ho‘omau Endowed Financial Aid Fund was established in 2019 by anonymous donors who are inspired to provide generations of students financial support for a Punahou education.

    They chose to name the fund Ho‘omau, which is the Hawaiian word for steady, constant, enduring, persevering, and unceasing. They believe the values expressed by Ho‘omau are demonstrated by students at Punahou.
  • James, Charlie and Kalani ’96 Yamamoto

    This fund was established by James and Charlie Yamamoto to express gratitude for the outstanding education received by their son, Dr. Kalani Yamamoto ’96. Charlie has also expressed her gratitude through 30 years of volunteerism at the Punahou thrift shop and later “The Tank,” collecting and organizing donations to support the Punahou Carnival.
  • Jason ’92 and Kristina Tokunaga Endowed Fund for Global Education

    As an ophthalmologist, Jason Tokunaga ’92 helps patients gain a clearer vision of the world. When he and his wife, Kristina, became Punahou parents, Jason gained a new perspective on the kinds of opportunities Punahou provides, including programs that help students develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and global responsibility.
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  • Joseph F. ’67 and Cheryl Watkins

    Joe Watkins ’67 felt incredibly fortunate to be in a position to establish this endowed financial aid fund during his 50th Reunion in 2017 to benefit present and future Punahou students. While society continues to evolve at an accelerating pace, the persistent values embodied by the Punahou educational experience have served as a steadfast touchstone.
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  • Kevin ’71 and Lannice Chang

    This endowed scholarship was established by Kevin ’71 and Lannice Chang.

    Kevin began attending Punahou in the eighth grade. In January 2019, he retired after serving 25 years as a Judge in the State Court and Federal Court. Kevin’s first exposure to the law was in his junior year, in the Law and Modern Society class taught by Carroll Taylor.
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  • Kunisaki-Teranishi

    Eric Kunisaki and Ann Teranishi ’92 established this scholarship when Ann celebrated her 25th Class Reunion. Ann joined the Punahou community in sixth grade, and has remained closely connected with the School through her Class Reunions, annual malasadas Carnival shifts, lifelong friendships, and as a Punahou parent when her children started as kindergartners. 
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  • Marilyn Enoka

    The Marilyn Enoka Endowment Fund was established in appreciation of Amy Enoka Alston’s mother, Marilyn, who passed away in 2017, and spent her entire career as a dedicated educator. The scholarship financial aid fund honors Marilyn’s commitment to education and indigenous advocacy by helping Hawaiian descendants afford the extraordinary gift of a Punahou education.
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  • Patrick and Harriet Carmody Endowed Program Fund for Band

    Rachel Carmody ’95 and her husband, John Slyconish, established this endowed fund in honor of Rachel’s parents, Patrick and Harriet Carmody. By providing a nurturing childhood environment that was full of wonder and adventures, by prioritizing self-paced learning, and by giving Rachel and her sister Christine Carmody ’00 the freedom to explore their diverse interests, Patrick and Harriet instilled in their daughters the belief that learning is fun, limitless and inherently interdisciplinary.
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  • Pennies from Penny

    This endowed fund was established by Penny Enomoto ’04 and her husband Joseph Li. Penny entered Punahou School in the sixth grade and graduated in 2004. She then attended Princeton University and worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she met Joseph. Penny and Joseph had their wedding ceremony at the Punahou Chapel in 2012, and they currently reside in Austin, Texas. This fund provides resources for enhancing the capacity of our teachers and students in various teaching and learning environments at Punahou.
  • Phyllis E. Burch ’60 and Peter O. Mikes

    Born during World War II in Syracuse, New York, Phyllis settled in Hawai‘i with her family in 1946 at the age of three. She attended Punahou in her junior and senior years as a Castle Hall boarder. Peter was born in Brno, Moravia, Czechoslovakia, on the eve of the Nazi Occupation, and left after the 1968 Soviet invasion. Phyllis became a teacher and Peter was a physicist, and they met in California just after the Czech “Velvet Revolution” in 1989.
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  • Phyllis Mei Sue Choy ’64 Shurtz

    This endowed fund honors the memory of our sister. Her siblings – Roberta, Ronald ’61, Willis, and Jon ’77 – want to help students overcome financial obstacles that otherwise would prevent them from attending Punahou, the best school in Hawai‘i. Ronald, Phyllis and Jon were fortunate that their parents could pay their Punahou tuition, which made all the difference in expanding life’s opportunities available to them. They want others to have the same chance.
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  • Sidney E. ’63, Laura H. and Richard J. Okashige

    Sidney established the Sidney E. ’63, Laura H. and Richard J. Okashige Endowed Fund to honor her parents, who encouraged her pursuit of education throughout their lives. She wanted to emulate her parents’ generosity and love by passing on to other Punahou students who, like herself, were willing to engage in Punahou’s high standards of learning, but were not fully able to afford their tuition. In this time of once more reawakening to the less privileged, Sidney hopes the endowment will help to keep Punahou’s gates opened to them.
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  • Small Ohana

    The Punahou community means a great deal to the Small ‘Ohana and has shaped their lives in so many ways since the 1940s. As a result, the Small ‘Ohana wanted to find a way to give back and help other students to benefit from such a rich educational and social experience that can change their life for the better. The Small ‘Ohana believes this is an opportunity to facilitate a positive and lasting impact on students’ lives, and help “pay forward” all of the positive contributions Punahou has created for their family.
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  • Steven L. ’70, Kori K., Alex M. ’08 and Alina K. ’11 Ching

    Steve didn’t know anything about Punahou before entering in the seventh grade. But his parents, Francis M.S. and Lorraine L. Ching, graduates of Kamehameha and Roosevelt, did. They both recognized Punahou as providing the best education in Hawai‘i, and even though the cost of Punahou was a struggle, they considered it worthwhile and made many sacrifices to afford it.
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  • Wilfrid Greenwell, Jr. 1930

    This endowed financial aid fund was established by Dr. John Corboy ’56 in honor of beloved Science teacher Wilfrid Greenwell, Jr. (1930), who taught at Punahou between 1945 and 1951. Greenwell additionally taught math, English and social studies at Punahou. He taught students the magic of Hawai‘i’s Artesian Water System and the thrill of science, inspiring Corboy to become a medical scientist. The Greenwell Fund shall provide support for students at Punahou in kindergarten – grade 12 who qualify for financial aid, with a preference for students who have an interest in science.
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