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A Look Back at the History of Punahou’s “Holoku” May 5, 2011

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Deep in my memories as a first grader, I recall dancing around the Maypole. ‘Round and ’round we went: the boys with the green ribbons, the girls with the pink. As we danced, a basket weave pattern slowly formed around the pole as if by magic. It was so pretty and we did it ourselves! Today, Punahou’s students weave a different type of beauty as they dance in the pageant that is now known as “Holoku.”

May Day celebration on Rice Field c. 1940.

Yes, Punahou’s annual spring pageant has evolved over the years. What was once a celebration rooted deeply in European tradition, has now become Holoku: a joyous performance of Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Samoan dances.

How did this change come about? Watch and learn about the evolution of this now cherished school tradition as presented by Punahou School. Narrated by Pal Eldredge ’64, Auntie Hattie Eldredge ’66 Phillips and Dave Eldredge ’49, this interesting video describes an annual event over which their family has had a significant impact.

Holoku

Want to see more? Come to the Hemmeter Gym on Saturday, May 7 to enjoy the show! You will have two chances to see it: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Come prepared to be wowed!

Note: The video features audio from Dave Eldredge that was gleaned from his oral history. I had the honor of being part of the team that completed this interesting story of his life and Punahou experience. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of reading these amazing stories, his is one that is worth well worth your time.

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