Punahou spirit was in force Friday, with students coming to school dressed in their best buff ’n blue. The day culminated with the lighting of the Flaming “P” on Rice Field.
For more than five decades, Flaming “P” has been an annual event to celebrate athletics and bring together students, families and others in the School community. Although the pandemic once again required this year’s Flaming “P” to be virtual, many of the traditions came alive online.
The virtual show included a greeting from senior leaders Tate Goodman ’22 and Malia Dickens ’22; a welcome by President Mike Latham ’86; an update on Punahou Athletics; interviews with current student-athletes; messages from the presidents of the Punahou Parent Faculty Association (PFA), Punahou Alumni Association (PAA), O-Men and Nā Wāhine Pā’ani; and alumni interviews with former Punahou student-athletes. There also were performances by the Dance Team, Marching Band and Punahou cheerleaders, along with a cupcake decorating tutorial by Beri Maeda ’22, owner of Baked by Beri.
To start the lighting of the “P,” the entire senior Class took part in a pre-recorded passing of the torch with their various advisories. A group of students then lit the “P” and the evening ended with “O’ahu a” and cheerleaders leading “Strawberry Shortcake.”
Although there were no spectators for this year’s Flaming “P,” many families purchased and picked up “spirit packs” with Punahou chili and caramel cuts.