When asked what drives her, Suzanne Case shares, “My great curiosity. I really enjoy digging into a topic and trying to understand what the challenge is and thinking through the path forward. It’s something I gained from my Punahou education. The great teachers didn’t just relay information, they embodied an appreciation for exploration.”These questioning and probing problem-solving skills will definitely play a critical role as Case takes on her biggest job yet in serving the public trust.
Wiry, cracking jokes and captivating his audience with a freewheeling conversational style that befits decades spent hunting stories in troubled spots across the globe, William Finnegan seems game for anything. Today he’s itching to ride the North Shore swells, unfazed by danger after 60-plus years. But a hectic schedule has forced him to make do with the waters off Diamond Head, the site of some of his earliest surfing exploits.
Well, Class of 2016: we did it. We are graduating from Punahou School. Tonight is a night to celebrate our accomplishments, reflect on our experiences and simply just be together one last time.
On June 4, thousands of family, friends and faculty celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2016 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The ceremony began with a lively presentation by the seniors of Punahou’s 175th anniversary song, “Punahou Stand Strong,” written by Roslyn Freitas ’82 Catracchia. Later in the evening, several students performed a graceful hula while classmates sang “Ka Makana I Aloha ‘Ia.”
When Luanna Farden ’56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka‘aumoana McKenney ’83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy. Their contribution to the outdoor learning environments of the 2 – 5 community tells a story that connects Hawai‘i, rural Maine and traditional Polynesian navigation with an educational vision that empowers children to explore the natural
Showcasing Students’ Global Travels
The many international programs supported by Wo International Center this year were on display at Wo Global Journeys, an evening event on Oct. 18 that gave parents and students a chance to learn about the programs directly from students who participated in them.
Shelby Baron ’12
When it mattered most, Paralympian Shelby Baron ’12 dug deep and pulled out the best athletic performance of her life. It was day one of the wheelchair tennis competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and Baron and doubles partner Emmy Kaiser were playing a team from France.
Over the course of two days, violinist Nick Kendall, double-bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinist Charles Yang — all members of the critically acclaimed trio, Time for Three — intersected with Punahou students, faculty and staff with virtuosic musical performances and critical insight into the creative process and its role in education.
With catchy songs and action-packed scenes, “Disney’s Mulan JR.” celebrated a beloved tale of Chinese culture and honor. Performances presented by Punahou middle- school students, based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert San Souci, captivated audiences of all ages in early November.

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