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Spring 2016
Ku‘u Punahou – The Campaign for Punahou School

“Punahou has launched this campaign to fulfill its aspirations for offering a great education to our students and encouraging them to pursue successful lives of inspiration and purpose. This is a time when the field of education is going through significant changes, as is the world our children are entering. Ku‘u Punahou will enable our school to fulfill its potential as an educational thought leader and partner in Hawai‘i and beyond,” notes Scott.

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Spring 2016
Maximum Impact

Punahou’s decade-long Sustainability Challenge draws to a close this year. When it was launched in 2007, the idea of sustainability had not yet entered mainstream thinking; it felt like something new.

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Beyond the Destination

As the Hawaiian proverb holds, a person doesn’t see the beauties of home until a journey takes him or her away. Many who are raised in Hawai‘i gain such experience when heading across the ocean for college — but when Academy students can make that journey during high school, a fresh perspective can better prepare them to seize the future.

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Carnival 2016

The Class of 2017 led alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Punahou on a trip down memory lane during Carnival 2016. “Rewind the Time: The Punahou Journey,” celebrated iconic School events, historic buildings and important milestones that have shaped Punahou over the last 175 years.

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Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

“My Punahou is a place unlike any other in the world, with a rich history deeply rooted in Hawai‘i. It is the beautiful lands of the New Spring and the learning environments they have nourished for 175 years. It is a place that has nurtured generations of children as they grow into young adults ready to enter the world with confidence, passion and purpose.”

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Ku‘u Punahou Launch Events

“Punahou today is not just an island community but a national and global community. That’s why, in addition to launching Ku‘u Punahou at the heart of our campus, we are celebrating it with our alumni and supporters on the East and West coasts – and in Asia – to reaffirm how broad and deep the Punahou ‘ohana truly is.”

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The 175th Year Marches On

On Jan. 1, 2016, the Punahou marching band, complete with color guard and hula dancers, celebrated the School’s 175th anniversary and proudly represented Hawai‘i in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. This was the School’s fourth appearance in the parade, the last in 2007.

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Lily Ponderings

This year’s Variety Show traced the adventures of six seniors who fall into the Lily Pond, only to discover that it is a portal to an alternate Punahou. As they explore familiar places on campus, each of which seems to have some strange twist, they learn about themselves. Eventually the bonds of friendship allow them to reconnect and return “home” to their Punahou.

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A Surf Odyssey

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.

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2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony

Seventeen of Punahou’s finest athletes were inducted into the Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame at a special event on March 5, 2016.

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A Traveling Exhibit About Kalaupapa

In 1866, 12 people were taken from their families and sent to a peninsula on Moloka‘i because they had leprosy, now also known as Hanse’s Disease. By the time mandatory isolation ended in 1969, an estimated 8,000 people had been sent to Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i, impacting virtually every Hawaiian family in some way.

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“Magic Penny” Drive

Student voices reverberated throughout the room as kindergarten and first-grade students sang “Magic Penny” with Chaplain Lauren Medeiros during chapel on Jan. 26, 2016.

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Suzanne Case ’74

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.

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Kapua Kawelo ’91 and Hi‘ilei Kawelo ’95

Big sister Kapua looks Hi‘ilei straight in the eyes and tells her, “You eat too much meat.” With a here-we-go-again look Hi‘ilei responds, “But I love my imported prosciutto.” In unison, they burst into laughter, which makes it obvious that this kind of playful banter is constant between these sisters.

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Ulalia Woodside ’88

Just a few weeks into her newly appointed position as executive director of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Ulalia Woodside is busy figuring out where the office supplies are stored and claiming victory when the security code for the front door of the Conservancy’s downtown Honolulu headquarters works.

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Sharon Twigg-Smith

Sharon Twigg-Smith is one of Punahou’s valued advisors and most dedicated supporters, which is striking when considering that she was introduced to the School not as a student but through the experiences of her family. “I was not aware of Punahou before we moved here and when my son began attending, I was stunned by his experiences here.

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Punahou in 50 Objects

For the month leading up to Carnival, families from all over Hawai‘i donate flowers from their yards and volunteers gather for many Saturdays in advance to prepare lei haku. The month-long process of learning to make the lei, and the beautiful finished product, is rightfully one of the favorite annual traditions of the Punahou Carnival.

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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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The Punahou campus is an incredible place for students to learn about their community, and the world around them. Everyone is always trying to be more sustainable. Although there is a lot of excitement with the new 2 – 5 studio classrooms, we must not forget another place on campus that is also very sustainable. That place is Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.

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The grades 2 – 5 neighborhood project continues on schedule for a fall 2016 opening. At the end of January, the large construction crane that shared the Punahou skyline for three months left campus. The crane, which stood nearly 200 feet tall, was used to install structural steel for the first four classroom buildings in the new learning environment.

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