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Fall 2017
Issue 1
Fall 2017
Student Global Leadership Institute

Wo International Center’s SGLI was launched at Punahou in 2010, and has inspired a community of international youth leaders who are engaged in understanding shared global challenges and who galvanize positive social change.

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Beyond the Classroom

At Punahou, two credits of laboratory science are required to graduate, although most students choose to take three or four years of science – and those with a passion for the subject even opt to take five or six credits throughout their time in the Academy.

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Opportunities Abound

Whether it is learning to play the saxophone, mastering tap dance, perfecting a serve or swimming butterfly, one of the four co-curricular schools at Punahou has your child (or you!) covered. 

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  • Bulletin Top Stories
Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott '70

PRESIDENT’S DESK

“As we launched the school year with the theme, “Every Life is a Story,” I have been inspired by the ways in which this idea has been expressed. It has underscored the remarkable stories behind members of our vibrant school community.”

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Presidential Search Update

On May 2, 2017, President Jim Scott ’70 announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year in 2019. Following the announcement, Punahou School embarked on a search for its 17th president, aiming to build on the enduring vision and trajectory achieved under Scott’s leadership.

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Greg Dickhens ’87 Joins Board of Trustees

In October, Greg Dickhens ’87 was elected to the Punahou Board of Trustees. Dickhens, the principal and chief investment officer at Trinity Investments, LLC, is an alumnus who is engaged with and dedicated to the School.

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2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

These Punahou seniors were named 2018 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 1 percent of high-school seniors nationwide.

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Ku‘u Punahou: Fall Update

With a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou is the first comprehensive campaign undertaken in the School’s history to simultaneously support growth in three areas: People, Place and Purpose.

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Learning Commons Leader: Patrick Quilter ’64

Music has been a part of Pat Quilter’s ’64 life from an early age. He remembers spending hours listening to records as a child, together with his younger brother, Matt ’67. 

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Learning Commons Leader: Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes

Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes experienced Punahou at one of its most unusual historical moments and still credits the School with providing an outstanding education that continues to inspire her today. 

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Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology Department
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We asked some of the members of the Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology (D-MET) department to describe the type of learning that the K – 12 Learning Commons will facilitate. 

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Volunteer Leaders 2017 – 2018

Punahou welcomes incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Punahou O-Men, and the returning president of Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou. Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful for these leaders and the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to these key organizations.

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Junior School Learning Commons

Last spring, Punahou students from grades 4 – 11 created an interactive, virtual model of the Junior School Learning Commons by harnessing augmented reality technology. The project was led by Malia Kiang ’18 and Carson Loughridge ’22, who handled the production and programming, respectively.

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Teachers Strand Brings Together Global Educators

This summer, the three-day Global Education Teachers Strand brought educators from nine different countries together on Punahou’s campus. During the fifth annual workshop, which coincided with the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), teachers discussed and explored what it means to be a global educator.

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Exclusive Screening of ‘Composed’

In September, Dillingham Hall served as the location for the exclusive Hawai?i screening of “Composed,” a film by John Beder. The documentary explores the often taboo topic of performance anxiety within the context of professional classical musicians, showing its effects and the strategies musicians use to manage it.

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Alumni Reunion Giving Hits All-Time High

Alumni from classes ending in 2 or 7 set a new record for reunion giving this year by raising nearly $10 million in gifts and increasing participation to 33 percent. These totals topped the 2016 record of $7 million and 31 percent participation.

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Students Promote Peace in Japan

Hiroshima Peace Scholars Sydni Au Hoy ’18, Micah Nishimoto ’18 and Kevin Nguyen ’18 prepare to take the 1,000 cranes they folded to the Children’s Peace Monument at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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Becoming Global Citizens

This past summer, our group of 18 traveled to New Zealand, a country with a vibrant culture, history and community. Most of us have lived in Hawai‘i our whole lives, trapped in a bubble, so the thought of expanding our horizons had us excited. 

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04

“Scaramucci has been fired!” Michelle Broder Van Dyke ’04 announces President Trump’s recent ousting of his communications director. Her dog, Kolea, sitting comfortably on a plush office chair nearby, perks up her ears.

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Denby Fawcett ’59

The view from Denby Fawcett’s ’59 lanai never lets you forget where you are. To the west, the massive hull of Diamond Head rises overhead, while below, the waters off Black Point wash onto a rocky beach, reachable by foot.

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Diane Seo ’85

“The moment I started using the internet, I wanted to work in the digital space and be a part of the dot-com movement,” says Diane Seo ’85, thinking back to 1999 when the internet had taken hold.

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Dana Harimoto ’59 Izumi

In the last seven decades, Dana Harimoto ’59 Izumi has played many roles at Punahou: student, teacher, parent, grandparent, volunteer and donor. For Dana, it’s been the greatest privilege to be a part of the Punahou family, a community that set the groundwork for a life of learning and teaching.

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Works by Allegra Goodman ’85, Jaimee Wriston ’69 Colbert, Mike Befeler ’62, Florence “Johnny” Frisbie ’63 and Mariko Merritt ’00

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Thousands of students enjoyed another exciting summer at Punahou Summer School. With over 100 courses to choose from in kindergarten through grade 12, both Punahou students and students from other schools were able to pursue their passions and extend their learning – all while having fun and making new friends.

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Explore Alaska, Bhutan, New Zealand and Japan through the eyes of students who traveled across the globe with one of these Wo International Center’s summer travel courses.

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Partnership in Unlimited Educational Opportunities, or PUEO, is a 7-year program that offers a variety of courses at Punahou to some of Hawai‘i’s public school students. Enjoy this student-produced video which follows several PUEO graduates who returned to campus this summer as teaching assistants for the program.

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