Continuing Yuri’s marathon saga. Here’s what happened.

Yuri pre Marathon

Yuri gets her bib and other Portland Marathon swag before the big race.

This is the third of three posts. If you missed the others: click here for post one and click here for post two.

Yuri Wellington is with Tom Hallee. October 8 at 4:13pm · Portland, OR · MARATHON UPDATE (very disappointing!)

Okay, so it was not the best day for old Yuri. I was doing fine – walking slowly, but making steady progress.

Ran into old friend Tom Hallee around 9 miles – and he was coming back! I asked about his fast pace, and he said, “Well, they’re turning everyone back at the bridge, because they won’t let you go on if you’re slower than a 6-hour pace…. Continue Reading »


For those of you who like to schedule things ahead of time, here is how the calendar is shaping up for Punahou74’s upcoming 45th reunion.

To ensure that your schedule will be clear, please pencil in the week of June 4-10 to guarantee that you will get the most out of your 45th reunion experience.

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The countdown has started for our 45th reunion. Can you help make our celebration a success?

40th Reunion Photo

Will you help make Punahou74’s 45th reunion as great as its 40th?

It takes a lot of work to put together a Punhou reunion and, as the saying goes, Continue Reading »

Building upon an idea that was used for both Punahou School’s 175th and Wo Center 25th anniversaries, a fun surprise was on display when I arrived on the Punahou School campus on June 8.

The idea that I reference is the use of banners to line Slade Drive, the road that one enters via the main gate. What excited me this June was something altogether different from what had been previously displayed. The anniversary banners had announced the event in question. The banners I was reading offered a variety of messages, each Continue Reading »

As Regina Yarchever Heit so kindly reminded her facebook friends, Punahou74 graduated 44 years ago on June 1, 1974.

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June 1, 1974: Punahou74 on stage at the Honolulu International Center.

And that was that. Our last time together as a class … or was it?

As luck would have it, your opportunity to re-experience “that lovin’ feeling” that comes  from sharing time with those with whom you were one in “the days of [your] youth” will happen in Continue Reading »

Memorial Day has traditionally been known as a day to remember those who died while serving in the United States armed forces. In recent years, the day has expanded to include  collective and personal remembrances of departed family members and friends. With its growing prayer list, Punahou74 has many departed classmates to include in its Memorial Day observance.

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More than 50,000 people watch thousands of lighted lanterns head for sea as the 2018 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony draws to a close.

Lantern Floating Hawaii is Hawaii’s premiere Memorial Day event. Sponsored by Shinnyo-En Hawaii, an Oahu Buddhist temple, the event features song, dance, and ceremonies that climax with the sunset seaward launch of thousands of lighted paper lanterns inscribed with messages of love and aloha to those who have left this world. The occasion encourages cultural harmony and understanding–“Many Rivers, One Ocean”– while honoring loved ones.

The observance has grown geometrically since its 1999 start. Today more than Continue Reading »

Wallking Backwards to Pepperland Cover

Cover art by Rob Setrakian, Bruces’ Stanford artist friend, bought by collectors now for over ten years, a simple monogram he calls “a finger painting”–possibly a reflection of the dark in the first chapter, a walk through Hell itself.”

Walking Backwards to Pepperland opens with the “calling of the tune” by The Piper on the Ides of March and then moves on to a rock and roll train wreck colliding with hell three days later. It is technically a memoir, but it’s more of an adventure, too far out to be real, all in our generations’ journey starting in the 60’s and 70’s. The book was edited by Mike Woodward and mentions Steve Taylor.

A note from the author, Bruce Ashford:

Punahou days were some of the best of my life – a treasure of growing up, friends, and changes in the 70’s, leading to college in the Bay Area and a couple of more great years. Then rock and roll turned sour, and lost the art of our generation.

“Walking Backwards” opens with the crash landing of a bad dream In a California train wreck. But the train wreck was only the beginning. On to the confusion of young men struggling with changes and facing the reality of “the real world”, all facades aside. We continued, got lost again…something happened along the way. Continue Reading »