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Winter 2017

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An Idealist’s Guide to Grandpas, Games and the World

I’d always been extremely close with my grandfather. We both loved historical dramas and hole-in-the-wall eateries. As a successful self-starter in the post-war economy and the primary patriarch of my traditionally Japanese family, he had inspired me since I was a child.

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Becoming Global Citizens

This past summer, our group of 18 traveled to New Zealand, a country with a vibrant culture, history and community. Most of us have lived in Hawai‘i our whole lives, trapped in a bubble, so the thought of expanding our horizons had us excited. 

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The Pages That Bind Us Together

On the last day of every school year, each student is given a yearbook. Whether it's the glossy Na ‘Opio or the hardcover Oahuan, these books are a representation of the long year behind us. As we flip through the pages and compose long messages in our Sharpie pens, we don’t remember the rough, stressful times. Instead, we are proud of the year we completed as we prepare ourselves for whatever chapter will come next.

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What We'll Remember

Class of 2017, first of all, I want to offer a hearty pat on the back to all of you. We made it (almost)! In these next three minutes, I'll attempt to put words to something as nebulous and indefinite as the quote-unquote "Punahou experience".

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Educating the 21st Century Leader

Looking back at our educational experiences thus far, a part of me can’t help but wonder … What was it all for? Simply to get into a good college? A mental challenge to see if we could handle the pressure? Are we prepared to face the real world and all of its challenges?

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The Punahou Student

I am not much with words or much of a speaker, so I don't really know what I'm doing up here, but I have a lot of love for the people sitting here today and I would like to share a piece of my heart.

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A Connected Community

In January, eight students traveled to San Francisco for their G-Term experience titled, “Hokule‘a Educational Outreach to San Francisco.” While Hokule‘a was not physically present during their trip, the students’ objective was to carry forth its message by sharing the gifts of Hawai‘i through song, dance, education and friendship with groups in the Bay Area.

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Mahalo from Students

In this video, second- and third-graders express their gratitude for Kosasa Community and share what they love most about their new home.

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Building an Extraordinary Network for the Leaders of Tomorrow

Throughout the summer, a small team of alumni, students and a science teacher worked tirelessly to organize the first-ever Health Care Career Spotlight event held in October 2016. A panel of seven Punahou graduates working in the health-care field kicked off the symposium with a Q&A session in front of over 200 students, parents and teachers. In the second half of the event, these panelists joined 50 more alumni in hosting breakout groups based on their respective specialties and fields.

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SGLI: India

We were welcomed with a bhothu (a red dot placed on the forehead), a sprinkling of fragrant water and a garland. It was a typical Indian ceremony performed by a couple of students on a school stage. However, it welcomed us to something extraordinary, the very first Student Global Leadership Institute held outside of Hawai‘i.

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The Land of the Fiery Chilies

As we crawled up the decorated staircase like a hungry tribe of monkeys, an aroma of spices and chilies wafted through the air. It was our first encounter with the unique spicy cuisine of Bhutan. We faced off with the renowned ema datsi, which consists of green chilies in a cheesy broth.

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Days

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.

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The Grand Essentials

At the beginning of every school year, Dr. Scott concludes Convocation by saying, “The school year is now open.” We, the Class of 2016, were the 175th class to stand together at the opening of a Punahou school year, and now as this year is ending, we might seem to feel the gates of Punahou closing behind us.

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Not Just A School

Aloha beloved friends, family and faculty. Today we celebrate the Class of 2016 and our journey through Punahou. I want to start with a quote from John Stewart. The comedian had the epiphany that “school is something you complete, but life is something you experience.” Not here. Punahou is so much more than just a school.

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Roots and Wings

Throughout my years at Punahou, my mother often repeated words that Dr. Scott relayed to the new Kindergarten parents in the Chapel on the first day of school. Those words were: “The irony of a being a parent is that everything we do for our children is done so that they can one day leave us.”

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Many ‘Firsts’

This past year, I embarked on a 12-day trip to Estelí, Nicaragua, as part of an Operation Smile medical mission team. Surrounded by medical volunteers from over 15 countries, I experienced a unique community comprised of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures. As one of two students within the mainly adult medical team, I was initially intimidated.

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