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Strange how you can find Punahou74 classmates in the most interesting places.

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The Reverend Lorrin Andrews describes his work at Lahainaluna Seminary on Maui.

Friday, June 16, was opening night for Cemetery Pupu Theatre at Oahu Cemetery. Sponsored by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, I had volunteered to guide guests to the night’s various performances. By doing so I was able to enjoy what is a perennially¬† in-demand event: all four shows had been quickly sold out.

In addition to enlightening¬† conversation and good food (hence the “pupu” in the title) the evening features outdoor theater in an unusual setting. Nestled between the picturesque grave markers, are tents at which actors are stationed to play individuals significant in Hawaii’s history. It’s a location perfect for Continue Reading »

With the rollout of Punahou School’s Alumni Week 2017, reunion 2019 is nudging its way on to the edge of Punahou74’s consciousness. In one year the reunion countdown will begin. Good to know that Punahou74 is still strong … and still celebrating together.

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“Hey, where’s the party?” (Stein Rafto photo)

Alumni Week’s Thursday night is an “Alumni Celebration.” It’s open to all alumni (+ friends and family) and offers good food, good music, and good times.

While it’s an alumni party, most of the attendees tend to be from reunion classes. And that’s something that Punahou74 will wait another two years to experience.

But this doesn’t stop the great Punahou School class of 1974.

Alumni Art Exhibit

Babs Miyano Young generously donated tropical floral arrangements that graced the Alumni Art exhibition. Simply stunning! I love how she Continue Reading »

The Punahou Alumni Association’s recognition of outstanding alumni has become a regular part of the school’s Alumni Week in the last few years. Despite 2017 being a non-reunion year, Punahou74’s presence at the ceremony was hard to ignore. You should’ve been there!

2017 PAA Awards

AWARDS READY TO GO. Marcia’s and Scott’s are the second and third in line. Since they were first given out in 1954, 165 awards have been made to alumni. The oldest recipient? O-in-Life winner George Paul Cooke of the class of 1895. Twelve 1970-decade graduates have also won over time: four of them members from the great class of 1974!

No, it’s not because of the kalua sliders, chicken potstickers, shrimp cocktail, and caramel cuts that filled our plates that attendance was a must-do. It’s because it is no Continue Reading »

When announcing the closure of her firm, Bright Light Marketing, Lynette Lo Tom explained that she was reducing her time spent working in public relations to pursue a passion for cooking in the culinary industry. Her cookbook, A Chinese Kitchen, was a fruit of this passion. Another included a Punahou74 classmate.

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Mele Meyer takes a break from kitchen work to smile for the camera. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Lynette’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser column is called “Back in the Day.” It’s a compendium of stories and recipes that feature old-fashioned foods. The focus on May 17? Mele Meyer’s Continue Reading »

Having been available across the mainland, it was finally time for Richard Botkin’s movie to make its Hawaii premiere.

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Ride the Thunder Movie Poster

Ride the Thunder tells the heroic true story of the friendship between American military legend and Navy Cross recipient, John Ripley, and South Vietnamese war hero, Le Ba Binh. The movie is based upon Richard Botkin’s 2009 book by the same name.

The story required years of research, in person interviews, and trips to Vietnam and Cambodia. It tells the war’s untold story. Saying that “everything Americans know about the end of the Vietnam War is wrong,” Richard sees¬†Ride the Thunder as Continue Reading »

And the Winners Are!

Imagine my surprise when I opened the invitation! You will be surprised too. … or maybe not too surprised.

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Punahou Alumni Association Awards Ceremony

Created in 1976, the Old School Award recognizes those who support Punahou in many ways. Its winners exemplify the spirit of Punahou through outstanding service to the school. This is the one award that is open to both living and non-living alumni and non-alumni.

The award is one of four offered by the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA). The other three alumni awards, and the years in which they were first offered, are the “O” in Life (1954), the Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award (1993), and the Charles S. Judd, Jr. Humanitarian Award (2003). Certificates of Appreciation are also conferred.

Before this year Punahou74 had two Old School Award Winners: Alan Continue Reading »

Congatulations, congratulations, congratulations to Lorraine Akiba for whom March 2017 was a month of recognition.

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Punahou74 Power Couple: Robert Pennybacker and Lorraine Akiba pose with HMSA COO and President Mike Stollar. Akiba and Stollar were fellow 2017 Hawaii Business “20 for the Next 20” Honorees.

The recognitions stemmed from Lorainne’s work promoting the growth of renewable energy and for serving as a female role model.

The month started with her being honored by Pacific Business News as one of Hawaii’s “Women Who Mean Business.” The award is given to women who demonstrate Continue Reading »