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Summer 2016
175th Anniversary

On the morning of Aug. 27, 2015, giant banners inscribed with “175” swayed in the breeze on Alexander Field, the splash of buff and blue vibrant against the green of the field. The excitement of Convocation was palpable as thousands of students in grades 2 – 12, teachers and staff buzzed in their seats, a sign that the 2015 – 2016 school year would be no ordinary year.

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Issue 4
Summer 2016
2016 Commencement

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.”

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May Day and Holoku 2016

On April 16, nearly 400 students and alumni came together in Hemmeter Fieldhouse to honor the tradition of Holoku through music, song and dance. “Na Hali‘a Holoku,” the theme of the 2016 Holoku Pageant celebrated 50 years of Holoku memories.

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Alumni Week 2016

Capping off an event-filled Alumni Week, this year’s Alumni Lu‘au reconnected more than 2,000 alumni from the Classes of 1941 – 2016 and was the culmination of Punahou’s 175th anniversary year.

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Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

“Seniors, in a few moments you will be Punahou graduates! You are about to join the ranks of the tens of thousands of educated men and women who came before you, who have marched down the aisle and crossed the stage at their Punahou graduation to claim their diploma for the past 174 years.”

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Two Seniors Named Presidential Scholars

Recent graduates Michael Chen and Eileen Liu have been named 2016 Presidential Scholars from Hawai‘i. Chen and Liu were among 160 students across the country chosen from a pool of 5,600 qualifying graduating seniors.

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WASC Accreditation Team Visits Campus

This spring, an accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) spent four days on campus visiting classrooms and meeting with School leadership, faculty, staff and students to learn all they could about Punahou.

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Second- and Third-Graders Enter Their New Home

On August 25, the first portion of the new neighborhood for grades 2 – 5 opens, welcoming second- and third-graders to their new home for the next two years. Funded with a generous lead gift from the Kosasa family, and designed in close collaboration with Junior School faculty and administrators, the two-story studio buildings will eventually be home to grades 4 – 5.

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Junior School Assistant Principals Announced

Junior School Principal Dr. Paris Priore-Kim ’76 announced the appointments of Dr. Chase Mitsuda ’98 and Dr. Todd Chow-Hoy as assistant principals in the Junior School, with Mitsuda taking on the role of dean of faculty and Chow-Hoy becoming dean of curriculum.

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Ian Okamoto ’91 Assumes K — 1 Supervisor Responsibilities

Ian Okamoto ’91 will assume the role of K – 1 supervisor in preparation for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Junior School Principal Paris Priore-Kim ’76 announced the appointment, welcoming Okamoto to the Junior School Administrative Team: “We look forward to Ian’s leadership.”

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Reydan ‘Tita’ Ahuna Named Athletic Director

Reydan “Tita” Ahuna has been named Athletic Director for Middle School and Coaches’ Professional Development. She joins Athletic Directors Kale Ane ’71 and Jeff Meister to complete the athletic department leadership team.

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The Sleeping Beauty

In April, 470 students from the Punahou Dance School transformed the Dillingham Hall stage in this year’s Triennial performance of “The Sleeping Beauty.” Dancing in six sold-out performances over the five-day run, students ranging from grades 1 – 12 performed 44 musical numbers featuring five different dance forms: ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and street dance.

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Ku‘u Punahou – The Power of Promise

Launched this past February, Ku‘u Punahou is a comprehensive campaign to transform teaching and learning at Punahou in the years to come. With three areas of focus — People, Place and Purpose — and a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou invites each of us to help reimagine the future of education.

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Athletic Service Awards Honor Inspiring Coaches

Three Punahou coaches and teachers, Joan Pratt ’47, Gordon Scruton ’51 and Ken Smith, were awarded the Punahou Athletic Service Award for their contributions to the School’s athletics and PE programs.

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PFA Invests in Lifelong Learning

Capping off a year celebrating its 100th anniversary and Punahou’s 175th anniversary, the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) made a significant contribution to the School and its future. On May 13, the volunteer organization presented a check for $100,000 to Punahou President Jim Scott ’70 to establish an endowed fund for bringing inspirational and educational speakers to the School.

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PFA ‘Above and Beyond’ Awardees

The Parent Faculty Association (PFA) annually presents its “Above and Beyond” awards. Award recipients, whose last child is graduating, are recognized for having gone ‘above and beyond’ as PFA members, leaders and volunteers.

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Punahou Presents

On the evening of June 9, following Punahou’s 175th birthday party, alumni and current students lit up the Dillingham Stage in a command performance. The show, directed by Paul Palmore, director of theater, was a celebration of the past, present and future of performing arts at Punahou, and showcased the amazing talent of over 50 singers, dancers and musicians who volunteered their time to bring the show to life.

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Richard H. “Dick” Cox ’38

Dick Cox ’38 has a humility that belies a lifetime of professional accomplishments and contributions to his community.

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Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94

When filmmaker Alexander Payne asked The New York Times best-selling author Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94 who she thought should play the lead character for the film adaptation of her 2007 novel, “The Descendants,” she replied, “George Clooney,” and then slightly embarrassed about her answer, added “or whoever.”

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Kenneth Richardson ’48

The Class of ’48 recognized their distinguished classmate, Ken Richardson ’48, in the description of the Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award. Twenty-two classmates on a nominating committee met in September 2015 and voted unanimously to nominate Richardson for the award.

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Lynne Johnson ’62

Arts and music thrive in Honolulu today, thanks to the contributions of Lynne Johnson ’62. She is currently the board chair of the Honolulu Museum of Art, but served as the unpaid executive director of the museum during merger discussions between the Honolulu Academy of Art and The Contemporary Museum. The joining of the two museums created a financially strong museum for Hawai‘i.

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Kahi Pacarro ’97

Kahi Pacarro ’97 was invited to join a beach cleanup in Aotearoa and the experience left a lasting impression. Today, he is executive director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, a nonprofit environmental group dedicated to caring for coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups and educational outreach.

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Loretta Luke ’64 Yajima

Under the nurturing hand of Loretta Luke ’64 Yajima, the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center has grown to serve not only Hawai‘i’s families, but has become a model for the global community.

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Myron Arakawa ’66

When the Class of ’66 celebrated its 50th reunion in June, it was the culmination of months of planning, committee meetings, marathon phone calls and activities. Many classmates point to one man – Myron Arakawa ’66 – for being the “heart leader” of the class and for cementing each person’s connection to each other and to Punahou.

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Eric Kusunoki

When Eric Kusunoki earned his professional diploma and teaching certificate from University of Hawai‘i – Ma-noa in 1973, he applied for a job at every public and many private schools in the state. None had openings, and his only job offer came from Punahou.

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Aloha and Mahalo 2016

The Punahou ‘ohana bids farewell to 19 colleagues who retired in the 2015 – 2016 school year.These tributes are based on interviews with the honorees, their supervisors and colleagues, and were written by Rachel Breitweser ’03, Susan Nakamura and Scott Osborn ’94.

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Allen Murabayashi ’90

Allen Murabayashi’s ’90 energy and enthusiasm for Punahou know no bounds – literally. This serial entrepreneur, photographer and musician has traveled the globe connecting and engaging alumni.

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For the Record: Spring 2016

Baseball, Golf, Judo, Softball, Tennis, Track, Girls Water Polo, Sailing and Boys Volleyball

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Loveday Conquest ’66

A name like Dr. Loveday Conquest is bound to draw attention, as does the woman who carries it off with the aplomb of her signature beret, which she substituted during her recent visit home with a jaunty black fascinator. The definition of a Renaissance woman, Conquest has won awards for the caliber of her teaching and research as a professor and associate dean in 39 years at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM).

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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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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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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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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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