Punahou Bulletin

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Summer 2018

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Pamela Hamamoto ’78

Pamela K. Hamamoto ’78 was nominated in 2014 by former President Barack Obama ’79 as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Kazumi Ogawa ’86

Kazumi Ogawa ’86 has worked for the United Nations since 1994 in Yugoslavia, Central African Republic, Haiti and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Ethan D.B. Abbott ’72

Ethan Abbott ’72 coined the phrase “Punahou – Kindergarten through Life” to describe an alumnus’ ongoing connection to the School even beyond graduation.

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David W. Pratt ’53

As president and CEO of Grove Farm for 20 years, David Pratt ’53 helped the company – and the island – transition away from sugar.

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Bruce and Lita Thompson ’68 Blankenfeld

Bruce and Lita Thompson ’68 Blankenfeld are the dynamic duo who for more than 40 years has been teaching, mentoring and learning on behalf of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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Lynn Kimura ’81 Kunishige

In addition to Lynn Kimura ’81 Kunishige’s Academy math teaching position, she also manages the Mālama Bridge Program, and is integral to the senior class.

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Larry Langley ’68

As a longtime Punahou Bulletin Class Correspondent and Punahou Alumni Association volunteer, Larry Langley ’68 is a connector.

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Emeritus Imu Gang

The Emeritus Imu Gang’s 20 members are known by their numbers, not their names. #6 is Cully Judd ’63; #7 Peter Lee ’63; #10 Mike Moss ’72; #11 Stan Duncan ’73 and #12 Randy Kam ’76.

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Barb Young ’67 Morgan

For 21 years, Barb Young ’67 Morgan worked at Punahou, serving as senior director of legacy planning in her final role. Most recently, she helped lead her 50th Reunion committee. Always and still a cheerleader, Morgan epitomizes the spirit of Punahou.

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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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