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Winter 2016
The Skills that Matter

Jeff and David are seniors and good friends. They’ve attended Punahou since kindergarten and play water polo together. But over the years, David has noticed some growing differences between them. Jeff is one of the “smart kids.” He has always taken honors and AP classes, even in the summer.

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Issue 2
Winter 2016
The Days After the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Punahou’s yearlong centennial celebration was still fresh in everyone’s mind when the school year opened in September 1941. Student spirits were high, school projects received enthusiastic support from faculty and alumni, and enrollment stood at 1,450, with more children of military service members arriving every week. But just months later, the future of Punahou School was suddenly in question as the campus took on a significant role at the start of World War II.

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‘Disney’s Mulan JR.’ Brings Ancient China to Life

With catchy songs and action-packed scenes, “Disney’s Mulan JR.” celebrated a beloved tale of Chinese culture and honor. Performances presented by Punahou middle- school students, based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert San Souci, captivated audiences of all ages in early November.

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Time for Three

Over the course of two days, violinist Nick Kendall, double-bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinist Charles Yang — all members of the critically acclaimed trio, Time for Three — intersected with Punahou students, faculty and staff with virtuosic musical performances and critical insight into the creative process and its role in education.

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Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

Letter Exchange Bridges Gap Between Generations

“Interested in getting to know some of the sophomores better?” This was a question sophomore teachers posed to the Punahou community. “We’re looking for adults from across campus to volunteer for a project that involves personal correspondence via handwritten letters with a sophomore this fall.”

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BLC Models Future Junior School Learning Commons

The Bishop Learning Center (BLC) has primarily served as the library for grades 6 – 8, but this year students in grades 2 – 5 who previously frequented the Julia Ing Learning Center are also welcome to use the revamped space.

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Alumni Come to Campus for a Lesson in Art History

Alumni returned to Punahou as students for the first-ever class of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue,” a new alumni education program. Baroque art in the age of science was the topic.

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Class of 2016 Academic and College Choice Profile

Each winter, we publish the college choices of our last graduating class in the printed Bulletin. In addition, we also share some data on the exemplary scholarship of our students, whose diversity of interests and talents at Punahou are always supported by a foundation of solid academic performance when measured by national standards.

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Ku‘u Punahou: Mauka to Makai Match

The Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community was named in honor of the parents of its lead donors, Dr. Thomas ’63 and Mi Kosasa, and his siblings Paul, Susan and Gloria ’68 Gainsley.

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Ku‘u Punahou: Reunion Giving

Each year, over 5,000 alumni celebrate their Class Reunion. It is not only a time to reconnect with classmates, but also allows for reflection and appreciation of treasured memories of their time at Punahou. With gratitude for past experiences, many alumni join the celebration by making a gift to the School on behalf of their class.

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Works by Punahou Art Faculty
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Punahou graduates remember at least one teacher who changed their life. The thoughtfulness and dedication of faculty throughout the School’s history have inspired countless Punahou students to face the world’s challenges with leadership and vision. This new section of the Bulletin celebrates the creativity, innovation and talent of faculty members across campus and grade levels.

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Shelby Baron ’12

When it mattered most, Paralympian Shelby Baron ’12 dug deep and pulled out the best athletic performance of her life. It was day one of the wheelchair tennis competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and Baron and doubles partner Emmy Kaiser were playing a team from France.

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George Killebrew ’81

As a senior at Punahou, George Killebrew ’81 applied to a number of schools on the West Coast. His mother, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) alumna, suggested that he consider applying there. “She always had a good sense of what was best for me,” says Killebrew. Knowing this, he elected to enroll at SMU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and found a job with the SMU athletic department.

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Kevin Wong ’90 and Scott Wong ’97

They live an ocean apart now – younger brother Scott ’97 in Malibu, head coaching Pepperdine University’s women’s volleyball; older brother Kevin ’90, anchored in Honolulu, running volleyball clinics when not traveling as a commentator. But even growing up together in Pearl City, where their parents laid a foundation of education and sports, and Punahou instilled expectations of excellence, a six-year age gap meant their paths to remarkable volleyball success developed very differently.

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Stuart Gurney and Junjun Wu-Gurney

For Stuart Gurney and Junjun Wu-Gurney, crossing borders has always opened up opportunities.

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Showcasing Students’ Global Travels

The many international programs supported by Wo International Center this year were on display at Wo Global Journeys, an evening event on Oct. 18 that gave parents and students a chance to learn about the programs directly from students who participated in them.

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Building an Extraordinary Network for the Leaders of Tomorrow

Throughout the summer, a small team of alumni, students and a science teacher worked tirelessly to organize the first-ever Health Care Career Spotlight event held in October 2016. A panel of seven Punahou graduates working in the health-care field kicked off the symposium with a Q&A session in front of over 200 students, parents and teachers. In the second half of the event, these panelists joined 50 more alumni in hosting breakout groups based on their respective specialties and fields.

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For the Record: Fall 2016

Air Riflery, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Kayaking, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo.

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Did you know Punahou pumps its own water for use on campus? That’s up to 160,000 gallons of water on a typical school day sup- plied from the spring of Ka Punahou.

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Students in K – 1 Omidyar Neighborhood come together at the start of every school day to present an oli (Hawaiian chant) to their teachers, expressing gratitude for all they do.

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The Punahou Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations proudly announce the launch of Punahou Connect, an online professional community, mentoring program and job board for Punahou School alumni.

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