Punahou74 is seeking donations to help provide floral decorations for Scott’s memorial service on Sunday, August 3, 2014. This will be a big funeral in terms of both attendance and venue. A quantity of flowers will be needed in accordance with the size of the occasion.

We are trying to minimize expenses by soliciting donations and picking what we can; however, you can’t get everything out of back yards! Some items (e.g. special flowers, ties, and floral oasis) will have to be purchased. That’s where we need your help.

Can you please contribute to make this class gift a meaningful one for the family of a classmate who gave so much to help Punahou74 and others?

Your donation is needed by 8 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014. We need it by then to know what we can afford, have time to purchase the supplies, and get the arrangements in place for the service.

Please help send Scott off with a Punahou74 aloha by clicking the gofundme badge below. Mahalo for any amount that you can provide.

Note: This is not a charitable deduction. You are giving from your heart.

Note Note: Any funds not used for the floral decorations will be forwarded to the Punahou School endowed scholarship that is being established in Scott’s name. If you would rather donate directly to the scholarship please go to punahou.edu/giving and note that your donation is for Scott.

Following the 40th reunion Friday night party Scott Metcalf agreed to give me a lift home. We had both helped clean up after the event and days of reunion preparations and play had tired us.¬† The hour was late and the night dark as his car slowly proceeded up the long winding road. We conversed lightly until, just before my home, Scott interjected, “Now your house is around here, right?” I laughed and responded, “How would you know that? You’ve never been to my house!” “I picked up the flowers from your garage yesterday.” Oh, yes. I now remembered. Scott had come to get the flowers that I couldn’t fit into my car. Another driver could not find my home and Scott had readily taken up the gauntlet to make the flower run. Problem solved. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. That was how Scott was. Ready to be there when needed and so unready to call attention to himself.


SCOTT’S KINDERGARTEN DAYS IN MISS LINTON’S CLASS. (L-R) Miss Linton, Jackie Ching, Ann Yoshida, Neal Ane, Marie Mookini, and SCOTT METCALF wearing (gasp!) actual closed toe shoes and a baseball jacket! (1962 Na Opio photo)

It was with a ponderous heart that I learned of Scott’s passing this morning. Not the text message that you want to see glaring at you when you turn on your phone for the day. Who would have ever expected such unwelcome and frankly shocking news?

Scott was a true son of Punahou and would be described by many as “bleeding buff ‘n blue.” Born September 28, 1955, he grew up on the Punahou campus at 1 Slade Drive, the youngest of four children. He was the son of Continue Reading »

For those who think that a game of golf is a good walk wasted should blame the Scots who claim to have invented the sport. When the adventurous Scottish emigrants set out into the world in search of fortune, there is a good possibility that besides the kilts and the bagpipes, there were sets of golf clubs among their luggage. (Pratt, Alexander. “How the Scots Brought Golf to the Islands.” The Story of Scots in Hawaii. Honolulu: The Caledonian Society of Hawaii (2000): p. 237.) Look at how these Punahou74 “Scots” fared on the 40th reunion links.


Ann McMartin, Leighton McLam, and Maile Mobberly McWilliams are all smiles at the Punahou74 Reunion Golf Tournament.

Built in 1898, the Moanalua Golf Course was the first golf course built in Hawaii. Designed by Samuel Mills Damon’s gardener, Donald Macintyre, the course was laid out on the Damon estate and used the valley’s slopes and stream to create natural hazards. Originally designed with 18 holes, the course was shortened in 1901 by Samuel’s son, Edward, who thought that nine holes were sufficient in Hawaii’s tropical climate.

It was to this course that twelve Continue Reading »

A recent Punahou Bulletin article described a new campus Rocky Hill apiary and how the study of bees is being integrated into the K-12 curriculum. Interesting. But Rocky Hill isn’t the only place where bees are abuzz on campus.

Punahou night blooming cereus

The mid-morning look up Punahou Street where Punahou’s resplendent night blooming cereus hedge graces the road.

Stepping off the #4 bus for my Friday work at Punahou, I was pleased to see that the night-blooming cereus were doing what they do best: putting on a show at Punahou. Despite the lateness of the hour (it was nearing 10 a.m.) and the flowers impending closure after their night’s furious display, I decided to stroll up Punahou Street to take a look at the beauty that remained.

Although it was not one of the “choke” blooms that are the stuff of legend, each and every blossom Continue Reading »

Punahou School offers a yearly Alumni Celebration to which all alumni, regardless of reunion status, are invited to attend. Of course, reunion classes are the stars of the evening and, of course, Punahou74 was well represented.

Williams Van Niel Lee

Connie Williams, Penny Van Niel, and Annabelle Lee at the Thursday event. Connie and Penny both flew in for what would be their very first reunion experience. Annabelle hadn’t been back since our 10th reunion. A hearty “welcome back” ladies!

The Alumni Celebration on June 12 included what one might expect of any Punahou social gathering: great entertainment (featuring the Oahu College Band), plenty of ono food, and ample time to mingle with interesting people. But, beyond the basic social requirements, the evening offered an opportunity to showcase Punahou and Alumni achievements in various fields. And Punahou74 was Continue Reading »

If you, like I, are an avid reader of reunion narratives in the Punahou Bulletin you have probably not read much, if anything, about floral decorations. After all, the action is in describing who came, what they had to say, and where they came from. But a Punahou74 reunion is not your typical reunion and its floral decorations not your typical floral decorations.

Flower 12

Haleconia, bird of paradise, and other florals are separated and ready to tie to the tent poles.

While many enjoyed the beauty of a Friday night party at the Morgans’ home, they may not have consciously realized that a large part of the evening’s loveliness was due to the fresh floral decorations that were present in lavish proportions.

With the selection of a private home, the need for floral decorations expanded the typical need for tabletop arrangements and required arrays throughout the party landscape both inside and outside of the facility. Putting such an effort together required hours spent cutting, ordering, sourcing, cleaning, securing, and arranging the blooms. The result was a Continue Reading »

Bruce Ashford brought a new idea to the reunion schedule this year: hiking. He wanted to offer classmates various opportunities; including, one during which they would “hike up to the top of a mountain.” That mountain hike started in Kuliouou.


READY FOR THE CLIMB are (L-R) Mike Yokoyama, Bob Aten, Suzanne and Mike Woodward, Steve Taylor, Bruce Ashford, Randy Tucker, Rosanne and Clifford Levine.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 5.5 mile intermediate level path that gains 2,000 feet along the way. Given that we are (ahem) getting up there in age, it was gratifying that Continue Reading »


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