Punahou Bulletin

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Spring 2018

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Carnival: A Regionwide Ride

Punahou Alumni Association hosts regional events in Southern California, Portland, New York and Boston.

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Vanessa Van Gorder ’95 Distajo

Vanessa Van Gorder ’95 Distajo, vice president of the Mānoa branch of Outdoor Circle, had a hunch that Kamānele Park in Mānoa Valley was not just another patch of green grass with a swing set on it.

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Lee Zane ’88

Lee Zane ’88 credits much of his growth mindset to his experiences at Punahou where he played volleyball and basketball, and participated in Variety Show and marching band. But it was the people who inspired and propelled him.

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Jane Beachy ’97

As ecosystem restoration program manager supporting the U.S. Army’s O‘ahu Natural Resources Program at Schofield Barracks, Jane Beachy ’97 is an environmental superhero whose target is invasive weeds.

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Alumni Healthcare Spotlight

More than 100 curious Academy students mingled with 85 alumni healthcare professionals in the Cooke Library Learning Commons on Oct. 3 at the second annual Punahou Alumni Healthcare Spotlight.

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Alumni Go Back to School

Buff ’n Blue Back to School is a continuing education program for alumni and friends of the School. Punahou faculty offered abridged versions of lessons in Culinary Chemistry, European History and Ceramics Handbuilding.

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Rachel Tina Horii ’87 Factor

So much about Rachel Tina Horii ’87 Factor’s life has changed since she converted to Judaism, that it can almost be divided into a “before” and an “after.”

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Sumire Matsubara ’09

Some might say that Japanese pop star, fashion model and actress Sumire Matsubara ’09 was born to be an entertainer.

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Marcus Oda ’05

It’s safe to say that most Punahou alumni don’t have work obligations that take them to Tajikistan with colleagues from the United Nations, but Marcus Oda ’05 admits that he has always been “internationally focused.”

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04

“Scaramucci has been fired!” Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04 announces President Trump’s recent ousting of his communications director. Her dog, Kolea, sitting comfortably on a plush office chair nearby, perks up her ears.

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Denby Fawcett ’59

The view from Denby Fawcett’s ’59 lanai never lets you forget where you are. To the west, the massive hull of Diamond Head rises overhead, while below, the waters off Black Point wash onto a rocky beach, reachable by foot.

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Diane Seo ’85

“The moment I started using the internet, I wanted to work in the digital space and be a part of the dot-com movement,” says Diane Seo ’85, thinking back to 1999 when the internet had taken hold.

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Alumni Week 2017

A good time was had by all during the 2017 Punahou Alumni Week. Over 2,000 alumni reconnected on hikes, at cocktail parties, during service projects, at memorial chapels and during on-campus events.

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Francis G. Duhaylongsod ’78

As a young child, Francis Duhaylongsod ’78 dangled threads from his family’s dining room chairs so he could practice tying one-handed knots. In intermediate school, he volunteered at Kuakini Hospital. 

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Kelvin Taketa ’72

Kelvin Taketa ’72 has spent his adult life giving voice to the voiceless and raising the visibility of the unseen. His significant contributions to Hawai‘i’s charitable community earned Taketa the Charles S. Judd Humanitarian Award.

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Scott Metcalf ’74

Dependable. Selfless. Humble. Generous. These are just some of the words used to describe former Facilities Manager Scott Metcalf ’74, who passed away in July 2014, at age 58.

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Gordon Scruton ’51

Gordon Scruton was a sprinter for Punahou, part of the winning 4x100 relay team in 1950. He began coaching in the late 1960s and founded the Kailua Youth Athletic Club, a summer track program that today is known as the Renegade Track Club. For decades, Scruton officiated local high school and University of Hawai‘i meets, and fulfilled a lifetime goal of officiating at the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships.

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Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright

Anyone who has volunteered in a Carnival food booth or helped host the Alumni Lu‘au can appreciate the enormity of the job and the orchestration required to feed so many people. Director of Food Service Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright not only coordinates large-scale special events at Punahou, but she and her team also serve more than 1,500 hot meals every school day.

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Nainoa Thompson ’72

Great teachers have been the navigators of Nainoa Thompson’s ’72 life, planting seeds of opportunity, lighting paths for exploration and showing him how to be patient in the pursuit of his goals.

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Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63 Joins Board of Trustees

In January, Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63 was elected to the Punahou School Board of Trustees. Kosasa, a renowned infertility specialist and professor emeritus at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at University of Hawai‘i, is an active and dedicated supporter of the School.

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