Punahou will be saying goodbye to Dave Eldredge, member of the class of 1949, longtime teacher, coach and Holoku Pageant originator, on Sunday, November 8, 2009. A reception will be held in Dole Hall (cafeteria) from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with services following in Hemmeter Gym at 3:15 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
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When contemplating our final goodbyes to a man who had been connected with Punahou for decades, perhaps it is right to contemplate how he came to Punahou in the first place.
David P.K. Eldredge III was born, grew up and attended school near Lahaina in the plantation village of Pu’ukoli’i, a town for employees of the Pioneer Sugar Plantation. His father was a water luna, a field luna, and a spread supervisor in the sugar cane fields.
Eldredge’s father, David P.K. Eldredge, Jr., had attended Saint Louis in Honolulu. You would think that the son would follow the father, right? Not so.
Fortunately for Punahou, Eldredge’s mother, Edith Margaret Leilehua Judd, had deep Punahou roots. She was a member and graduate of the Punahou Class of 1926 and was also a descendent of Gerrit Parmele and Laura Fish Judd. Charles Hastings Judd, one of Gerrit and Laura’s nine children, was Eldredge’s great grandfather and one of the first twenty-two children to attend Punahou school. His name is among those listed on the plaque located on the Ewa/Mauka side of Old School Hall.
Eldredge’s entered the Punahou Class of 1949 in ninth grade when his family moved to Lanai. He was an athletic standout throughout his high school career and earned eleven letters dispersed among football, basketball, and baseball.
Thus began a lifelong association with the school. An association that we will come to honor on November 8. Thank you, Dave Eldredge, for all that you gave to Punahou. You will be missed.