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Fall 2016
A Wonderland of Learning

The eager faces of children streaming into the winding woodchip trails of their new home each morning make the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Neighborhood feel more like a wonderland than school. While bracketed by the normal rites and routines of school – snack-time, lunch and recess – the moments within these contours sparkle with childhood curiosity and joy. They are a wonder to witness.

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Guiding Stars

On a bright April morning, as Hokule?a slipped onto the waters off Titusville, Florida, west of Kennedy Space Center, it symbolized the fulfillment of a dream shared by two Hawai‘i-born explorers – one, a navigator of the seas, the other, an explorer of space. For pwo (master) navigator Nainoa Thompson ’72, Hokule?a was headed for the homeport of Kennedy Space Center not only to celebrate the spirit of discovery but to honor his close friend, NASA astronaut Charles Lacy Veach ’62, whose vision inspired the Worldwide Voyage.

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Where Exploration Is Education

When you hear a teenager like Matsuzaki reaffirm that there is “still good left in the world,” it’s heartening. When you hear that she traveled to Bhutan for class and found the “most selfless, generous people” she’s ever met, it may be a little surprising.

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‘Godspell JR.’

This summer, students in grades 6 – 8 presented modern-day musical parables from the Gospel According to St. Matthew in “Godspell JR.”

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Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

2017 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

These Punahou seniors were named 2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top one percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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Pan Pacific Program Focuses on Hawaiian Studies

For three weeks this summer, students from around the world, including two Punahou students, participated in the Pan Pacific Program at Punahou School’s Wo International Center. The program, which focuses on Hawaiian cultural studies as well as environmental studies, was led by Wo International Center’s Jade Sunouchi ’02 and Ke‘alohi Reppun ’99, grade 7 social studies faculty.

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Students Promote Peace in Japan

Hiroshima Peace Scholars Julia Kim ’17 and Anli Valdez ’17 spent a week in Hiroshima where they attended a forum for peace at Jogakuin High School, an independent school for girls, and stayed with host families to experience Japanese culture.

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Students Travel to China for Global Natural History Day

In July, students from around the world convened in Shanghai, China, for Global Natural History Day (GNHD). Of the 18 competitors from Hawai‘i, two were Punahou students and four were students from the Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou.

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SGLI Students Collaborate on Global Conservation Efforts

Eighty-two high-school students from 26 schools in 11 countries took part in the seventh annual Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) held this summer at Punahou. For the second year, the program was also offered to middle- school students, bringing together 27 kids from five countries.

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Henry Somerville named Director of Tennis

Henry Somerville assumed the role of Punahou’s director of tennis last spring. In this position, he oversees the School’s tennis operations including PE classes, after-school programs, ILH teams and community tennis opportunities.

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Coaching Beyond the game

For student-athletes, participation in a sport is not placed in a separate compartment from the rest of their school experience. Punahou’s mission is to educate the whole child and acknowledge each child’s gifts and passions, and it is clear that athletics – in addition to academics and other extracurricular activities – needs to be at the core of the learning experience for those students with an interest in sports.

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Volunteer Leaders 2016 – 2017

Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou and the returning president of Punahou O-Men.

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Ku‘u Punahou: The Campaign for Punahou School – The Life of the Land

When Luanna Farden ’56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka‘aumoana McKenney ’83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy. Their contribution to the outdoor learning environments of the 2 – 5 community tells a story that connects Hawai‘i, rural Maine and traditional Polynesian navigation with an educational vision that empowers children to explore the natural world while grounding them in a love of their island home.

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Ku‘u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.

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Karl Heyer IV ’76

Karl Heyer IV ’76 understands how important a solid education can be – he’s seen it play out time and again in his professional life, and in the lives of his three children, Karl ’12, Kelley ’14 and Maile ’17.

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Summer School 2016

With nearly 100 courses offered to students in kindergarten – grade 12, the opportunities during Punahou Summer School seem endless. From learning how to build sophisticated robots or fabricate with a 3-D printer, to creating art from recycled items or learning a new sport, thousands of students from the Punahou community and beyond expanded their horizons through summer learning.

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Monte Costa ’74

Salt spray, jostling waves and sudden downpours: These are certainly not ideal conditions for a camera. For Hokule‘a photographer Monte Costa ’74, these factors are just a part of the job as she braves the elements to create her iconic images.

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Michael “Buddy” McGuire ’58

Michael “Buddy” McGuire’s ’58 involvement with Hokule‘a and the Polynesian Voyaging Society spans more than 35 years. His career is bookended by Hokule‘a’s ill-fated second attempt to reach Tahiti in 1978 and the triumphant beginning of its Worldwide Voyage in 2014.

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Maui Tauotaha ’97

“We made an unscheduled stop in Florida,” said Maui Tauotaha ’97, describing one of many stories from journeying with Hokule‘a. “Some of the locals there were watching the Google tracker, and before we even finished tying up to the dock, a man pulled up to us in a boat asking if we needed a place to stay for the night.” The man lent the crew his car, fed them, organized an impromptu pa‘ina and even housed half of them the few nights they were there.

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Educators Expand Their Learning Over Summer

The fourth annual Global Education Teacher Strand, facilitated by Dr. Robyn Borofsky ’99 Vierra, grade 4 teacher at Punahou, and Usha Kannemadugu, digital learning coordinator at Pathways School in India, brought educators from Hong Kong, Jordan, Sweden and beyond to Punahou.

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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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Works by Mike Befeler ’62, Bret Breneman ’61, Steve Case ’76, Rolando Garcia III ’92, Mimi Hanaoka, Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94, David Moss ’81, Pamela Rotner Sakamoto and Elizabeth “Kahi” Wight ’63

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View video of the historic three-way satellite conversation linking students with astronaut Lacy Veach ’62 on Space Shuttle Columbia and navigator Nainoa Thompson ’72 on the Hokule‘a in the Pacific Ocean which took place in 1992.

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Watch two years of work condensed into two minutes in a time-lapse video of the construction of the new Kosasa Neighborhood.

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