Thanksgiving Gratitude

Take a look at some of the ways the Punahou community gave back and spread gratitude and cheer for Thanksgiving.

The entire Punahou community came together for a food drive to support the Hawaii Foodbank and the Pantry. Punahou donated 11,900 pounds of food! Mahalo to everyone who donated and the many people who made it possible, including those from the Chapel and Luke Center for Public Service.

Fifth, fourth and second graders created fun Punahou Carnival-inspired games out of recyclables and invited classmates and teachers to donate canned goods to play.

Eighth graders from Team 8z thanked Physical Plant employees for everything they do to keep things running behind the scenes. Students assembled goodie bags of treats donated by their families to give to custodians, security officers and others.

Fourth graders teamed up with second graders to create festive Thanksgiving donations and decorations for the kūpuna across the Island who receive food from Hawaiʻi Meals on Wheels, an organization started by the late Irmgard Hörmann (1933).

Seventh graders enjoyed some Thanksgiving cheer with a special pie party, thanks to the PFA team space parents and volunteers who donated and served up some fun!

A message of gratitude from Punahou President Mike Latham ’86, shared with the Punahou Community

This Thanksgiving, I hope that each of us will find a quiet moment to reflect on the many blessings in our lives.  At Punahou, our work springs forth from a deep sense of gratitude. Each day, on our beautiful Mānoa campus, we serve as part of a dedicated, caring community. Our compassionate teachers, coaches, groundskeepers, custodians, cafeteria team, security personnel, IT experts and our administrative staff all empower a generation of children to discover their gifts and define their purposes in service to others. Please join me in thanking all of them for their work.

We are so fortunate to partner with our parent and alumni communities in that transformative mission, and we are very grateful for this support. As I reflect on my own experience as a Punahou student, alumnus, parent, teacher and leader, I know that this school, more than any other institution I have ever been a part of, has had the greatest impact on my life. I know that many of you feel the same way. 

Thank you for all you do for Punahou. I wish you peace and joy this Thanksgiving, and in the holiday season ahead. 


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