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Fall 2018

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A Lei of Inspiration: Jay ’68 and Ann Kadowaki

The bonds that tie the Kadowaki family to Punahou recently culminated in several beautiful gifts, just as the flowers of a haku lei are woven together by caring hands.

Jay ’68 and Ann Kadowaki have built a lasting connection to Punahou through the experiences of their own children, Jann ’00 and Kenji ’07, and through Ann’s dedicated volunteerism with the School’s haku lei-making traditions. The bonds that tie the family and the School recently culminated in several beautiful gifts to the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, just as the flowers of a haku lei are woven together by caring hands.

Jay was contacted by classmates about a project led by Rocky Higgins ’68 to restore Ka Punahou. “That really is the source of the School, and it made sense to clean it up,” he says, and pledged a gift to the Class of ’68 Lily Pond project for his 50th Reunion.
Inspired by the renewed focus on Ka Punahou, Jay also chose to make a gift to name the Lily Pond Bridge after his mother, a former school teacher whose name was Lily. The bridge will span waters of the New Spring close to where they will irrigate agricultural terraces in the second phase of the Kosasa Community.
Punahou faculty John Chock ’01 and the staff of Kuaihelani Learning Center had been developing a lei garden for the Kosasa Community, to complement its strong focus on Hawaiian culture and outdoor learning environments.
Ann began volunteering at the Carnival haku lei booth in 1997, serving as chair twice. Aunty Viola Kasparovich, who had been the backbone of the haku lei booth for many years, transferred this responsibility to Ann before passing away in 2011. Today, Ann oversees not only the popular Carnival booth, but also the haku lei-making for each year’s graduating senior girls.