Punahou Bulletin

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Winter 2018

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Alumni Keiki Experience

For the past two years, children and grandchildren of alumni living away from Hawai‘i have come to campus for a uniquely buff and blue summer experience: ‘Ūlili Ho‘okama o Kapunahou.

Keiki of alumni explored and embraced their hānai home in a week-long Punahou immersion program called ‘Ūlili Ho‘okama o Kapunahou, or Alumni Keiki Experience. The summer program, now in its second year, is offered to children and grandchildren of alumni who live away from O‘ahu and are rising to grades 1 – 5. ‘Ūlili refers to the migratory wandering tattler bird. Ho‘okama is an endearing term to acknowledge a child (or adult) who is cared for and treated as ‘ohana. Just as the ‘ūlili bird is migratory, so are the children of alumni, who come to Hawai‘i to learn at the New Spring, then return home rejuvenated, refreshed and satisfied. Throughout the week, Punahou faculty, staff and student teaching assistants led the group in a range of buff ’n blue experiences and activities from the Junior School grades. Sun-kissed and bonded by their experience, the children shared the mele, hula and Punahou cheers they had learned with their families at a special closing Chapel and lū‘au.

Zion Medrano scoops for fish in the Lily Pond. The pond was a daily resting place for the children, who often ate lunch on the shady, grassy lawn near the water.
‘Ūlili practice their mele “Nani Ke Ao Nei,” which used kālā‘au, a wooden hula instrument.
“I liked going to the pool every day and dancing with the kālā‘au was really fun.”
– Scarlett Bashaw, daughter of Jessica Brown ’00 Bashaw
(pictured here with grandmother Sue Bashaw)
Teacher’s Assistant Leah Barkai ’17 helps Scarlett Bashaw to reveal her tie-dye shirt design, a traditional sixth-grade activity at Punahou.
‘Ūlili cool off and play in the freshwater stream on their field trip to Reppun Farm in Waiāhole, on O‘ahu’s Windward side.
Kai Froeb assesses the parts to build a large geodesic dome with his group.
“This week was a lot of bonding and making connections between the past, present and future. I was able to reflect back on my Punahou experience and my kids were able to reflect on what it means to be a Punahou alumni keiki.”
– Marisa Wicklund ’99 Medrano
(with children Laniakea and Zion)
Alexis Denbeau tests her spear throwing skills in ‘ō‘ō ihe while Olivia Pick looks on. The younger children participated in makahiki games, which are part of the Punahou third-grade experience.
Elena Stevens and Alexis Denbeau stack plumeria in a crafting activity.