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 »


The skies were overcast and the drizzle was intermittent. The drive to Laie was long and fraught with challenges. Would Punahou74 make it to the memorial service?

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THIS IS THE PLACE: The entrance to Billy’s memorial service.

Billy Richardson’s memorial service was held on Saturday, April 7, just one day after his 63rd birthday.

Despite the less than perfect weather, the service overflowed with the love, warmth, and best wishes of many, including those of almost two dozen Punahou74 classmates.

Getting there was a challenge. A downed electrical wire slowed traffic on Kamehameha Highway causing cars to proceed one-at-a-time down the two-lane road.

Parking was at Laie Elementary School. Given the high attendance, Continue Reading »

If you ever looked at the Wikipedia’s List of Punahou Alumni you’d see that it is a lengthy entry, filled with dozens and dozens of superstars in a variety of fields. Unsurprisingly, many of these are women.

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March was Women’s History Month. This year the Punahou Archives created a Women’s History display that featured women who made history at Punahou School. Who made the list?

Recognize the name Kaahumanu? She lived part-time beside the lily pond at Kapunahou. The stone wall that fronts Wilder Avenue was constructed by her and is now a national monument. It was she who convinced Liliha to gift Punahou’s lands (224 Manoa and 77 acres near Kewalo Basin) to Hiram Bingham for the Sandwich Islands Mission in 1829.

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Mary Persis Winnie

Recognize the name, Mary Persis Winnie? Of course you do.


Our grades one to four were spent in the Winnie Units, a structure that now lives only in our memories. It was named in honor of the school’s elementary principal (1898-1941).

Recognize the name Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson? In 2011, she became the first woman to lead the Punahou School Board of Trustees. She served on the Board from 1974-2015.

Other firsts include Dr. Emily McCarren (first woman Academy Principal) and Charlotte Kamikawa (first woman Director of Physical Plant).

What, you don’t know the ones in the last two paragraphs?

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Terece Stovall ’72

Of course, you graduated years ago and don’t know the intimacies regarding the ins and outs of school leadership.

But what about two firsts, two firsts that occurred in a time you know, the time being the early seventies? Better yet, the only two student “firsts” that made the cut!

How about Terece Stovall ’72 (attended 1966-1972)? She was the first woman enrolled in Punahou’s Army Junior Reserve Training Corps program. Her enrollment compelled the opening of the military program to other women throughout Hawaii the following year.


Now, if you haven’t guessed by now, there’s a Punahou74 connection to this post. A Punahou74 woman who made the list.

Who is it?

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No, it’s not time for our 45th reunion … yet. But why not work up to it?

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DINING TOGETHER: Front Row: Lynne Gartley Meyer, Lee Ann Gulickson, Sheree Lum Orsi, Lyallyn Temple, Fay Inouye Atchenson, Barbara Swig. Back row: Gaye Miyasaki, Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden, Haven Young Rafto and Jan Bertram.

Punahou74 classmates met at Ala Moana’s Shirokiya Japan Village Walk for a quick dinner Wednesday, April 4. Continue Reading »

Since the Part 1 of Yuriko’s Marathon Journal ran a number of classmates (6?) have decided to form a Punahou74 contingent at the 2018 Honolulu Marathon on December 9. How about you? Maybe Part 2 of Yuri’s story will motivate you to get moving.

Portland Marathon

Yuri Wellington January 11 · MARATHON JOURNAL, Day 86

WOOHOO! I made it to 20,000 steps today – that’s 8 miles!
It was the longest walk so far, and puts me right on track to be ready to 26.4 miles on October 9 🙂
Still having issues with my knees and left foot and back, but it’s getting better, think perhaps some muscles are starting to develop – lol 🙂
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I had hoped to manage a 10-mile walk before my birthday, but today was my “long walk” for this 2-week cycle, so… Still, I am happy with my progress 🙂
271 days to Portland!

Yuri Wellington was celebrating this special day.

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I know that some classmates will be in town for Billy Richardson’s memorial service. Why not use some of that time to attend a friendly Punahou74 get-together while you’re here?

Karaoke Night

After the 2016 karaoke event: (L-R) Alan Lau, Heidi Hemmings Hall, Marcia Wright, Mary Jane Markoskie, Jan Bertram, Monica Del Piano Campanis, Lynne Gartley Meyer, Faye Inouye Aitcheson, Sheree Lum Orsi, and Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden. Gaye Miyasaki also attended.

In 2016 when Faye Inouye Aitcheson, Jan Bertram, and Sheree Lum Orsi came to town classmates got together to enjoy a karaoke night. That was a LOT of fun. In 2018 the three are returning to Honolulu, this time with Lyallyn Temple in tow, so it’s time for another great get together. Continue Reading »


Arrangements have been set for Billy Richardson’s memorial service.  A large crowd is expected and refreshments need to be ordered so be sure to RSVP. Consider carpooling because valet parking is limited and, well, because the drive out to Laie is a long one for most of us.  

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson (1974 Oahuan photo)

A Celebration of the Life of

William Kahelelani “Billy” Richardson

April 6, 1955 – November 10, 2017

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