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.