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Summer 2017
Setting the Stage

On a bright May afternoon, Punahou’s Drama Workshop, nestled in the basement of Dillingham Hall, was teeming with preparations for an upcoming production of Lanford Wilson’s “Hot l Baltimore.” Backstage assistants hauled in a black velvet curtain to be hung while a dozen students from Theatre Performance class fanned out across the 70-seat house, trading updates about AP exams and Senior Sing.

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Issue 4
Summer 2017
Commencement 2017

Family, friends and faculty celebrated the Class of 2017’s graduation during the Commencement ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center on June 3, 2017.

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Alumni Week 2017

A good time was had by all during the 2017 Punahou Alumni Week. Over 2,000 alumni reconnected on hikes, at cocktail parties, during service projects, at memorial chapels and during on-campus events.

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Holoku and May Day 2017

Hopoe Ka Lehua — the theme of this year’s Holoku Pageant and middle school May Day program — describes a perfectly shaped lehua blossom. Through mele, oli and dance, students shared stories of the ‘ohia lehua, paying tribute to this native tree that has tremendous cultural and ecological significance to our island home.

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Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

“Seniors, in your final days together you have heard heartfelt reflections, insight and advice from classmates and teachers. I can only affirm here what you have already learned.”

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President Jim Scott Announces Intent to Retire

President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire as president of Punahou School at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “It is with deep gratitude to Punahou School for my experience over the past 23 years that I make this announcement,” said Scott, anticipating the completion of a 25-year tenure in 2019.

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Carter Nakamoto ’17 Named Presidential Scholar

Recent graduate Carter Nakamoto ’17 has been named a 2017 Presidential Scholar. Nakamoto is among 161 high school seniors across the country chosen from a pool of over 5,100 invited qualifying graduating seniors. One other Hawai‘i student, from Kalani High School, was also named a Presidential Scholar.

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Aloha and Mahalo in 2017

The Punahou ‘ohana bids farewell to 20 colleagues who retired in the 2016 – 2017 school year. These tributes are based on interviews with the honorees, their supervisors and colleagues, and were written by Rachel Breitweser ’03, Camila Chaudron ’08 and Scott Osborn ’94.

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From Doodler to Published Illustrator

Author Booki Vivat didn’t set out to write a book. In fact, she never intended for her work to be seen. It was during a team dinner at Harper Collins Publishing where she was exposed as an illustrator after one of her coworkers saw her planner.

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Students Revive Sustainability Fair

This year, the first-ever student-run Sustainability Fair brought a popular tradition back to campus in a renewed format.

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Les Misérables

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic, “Les Misérables” is the story of Jean Valjean, released after 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean becomes a successful factory owner and the mayor of a prosperous town, but is relentlessly hunted by police inspector, Javert.

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Ku‘u Punahou: Summer 2017 Update

Punahou School has reached a major milestone with a successful first year in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5. The project’s second phase, anticipated to open in fall 2019, is making steady progress. 

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PUEO Awarded for Excellence in Summer Learning

The Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School was recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) as a 2016 Excellence in Summer Learning Award winner. 

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For the Record: Spring 2017

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

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Nainoa Thompson ’72

Great teachers have been the navigators of Nainoa Thompson’s ’72 life, planting seeds of opportunity, lighting paths for exploration and showing him how to be patient in the pursuit of his goals.

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Patrick Vinton Kirch ’68

In 1963, Patrick Kirch ’68 was an inquisitive 13-year-old growing up in Manoa Valley with a fascination for ancient civilizations fueled by long afternoons exploring old lo‘i terraces and other traces of Hawai‘i’s past.

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Francis G. Duhaylongsod ’78

As a young child, Francis Duhaylongsod ’78 dangled threads from his family’s dining room chairs so he could practice tying one-handed knots. In intermediate school, he volunteered at Kuakini Hospital. 

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Kelvin Taketa ’72

Kelvin Taketa ’72 has spent his adult life giving voice to the voiceless and raising the visibility of the unseen. His significant contributions to Hawai‘i’s charitable community earned Taketa the Charles S. Judd Humanitarian Award.

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Leonora Espania

The President’s Home is the venue for some of the School’s most intimate and important special events for faculty, alumni, parents and donors. Entrusted with making sure these events go off without a hitch is Leonora Espania, special events coordinator for the President’s Office.

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Scott Metcalf ’74

Dependable. Selfless. Humble. Generous. These are just some of the words used to describe former Facilities Manager Scott Metcalf ’74, who passed away in July 2014, at age 58.

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Joyce Salmon

For 38 years, Joyce Salmon worked as a reference librarian in Cooke Library, devoted to student-inquiry and often going outside of Punahou’s own library collection to find optimal resource materials for student research papers and projects.

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Gordon Scruton ’51

Gordon Scruton was a sprinter for Punahou, part of the winning 4x100 relay team in 1950. He began coaching in the late 1960s and founded the Kailua Youth Athletic Club, a summer track program that today is known as the Renegade Track Club. For decades, Scruton officiated local high school and University of Hawai‘i meets, and fulfilled a lifetime goal of officiating at the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships.

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Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright

Anyone who has volunteered in a Carnival food booth or helped host the Alumni Lu‘au can appreciate the enormity of the job and the orchestration required to feed so many people. Director of Food Service Marcia Barrett ’74 Wright not only coordinates large-scale special events at Punahou, but she and her team also serve more than 1,500 hot meals every school day.

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The Pages That Bind Us Together

On the last day of every school year, each student is given a yearbook. Whether it's the glossy Na ‘Opio or the hardcover Oahuan, these books are a representation of the long year behind us. As we flip through the pages and compose long messages in our Sharpie pens, we don’t remember the rough, stressful times. Instead, we are proud of the year we completed as we prepare ourselves for whatever chapter will come next.

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What We'll Remember

Class of 2017, first of all, I want to offer a hearty pat on the back to all of you. We made it (almost)! In these next three minutes, I'll attempt to put words to something as nebulous and indefinite as the quote-unquote "Punahou experience".

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Educating the 21st Century Leader

Looking back at our educational experiences thus far, a part of me can’t help but wonder … What was it all for? Simply to get into a good college? A mental challenge to see if we could handle the pressure? Are we prepared to face the real world and all of its challenges?

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The Punahou Student

I am not much with words or much of a speaker, so I don't really know what I'm doing up here, but I have a lot of love for the people sitting here today and I would like to share a piece of my heart.

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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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Second- and third-graders celebrate the completion of their first year in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community in this heartwarming video.

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