August is a slower time at Punahou. With the students gone, it’s a time for rejuvenation, a time for healing and preparation for the new school year ahead. Here’s some of what was happening on campus on Friday, August 10, 2012.
Most of the faculty and staff were gone leaving only the “twelve month” employees–employees like classmate Scott Metcalf–to man the ship. Those present were fortunate to enjoy an annual picnic offering a fine selection of yummy fare including barbequed teriburgers, hot dogs, and kal bi. Eating at the tables between Alexander and Cooke Library, it’s almost like Carnival without the crowds.
Elsewhere, one hears the sharp chirp of whistles from the pool as play in the Hawaiian Islands Invitational Water Polo tournament is under way. In its 44th year, this annual event features from Hawaii and elsewhere and is one of the largest and most prestigious water polo tournaments in the United States.
Back on land, football teams practice on both Middle and Lower Fields. For some, it’s too early for pads yet and the varsity team is in Anchorage playing West High School (and winning 48-0).
Over by the banks of the lily pond it’s so quiet that a pair of ducks are staking their ground. Sitting in the shade of the monkeypod tree they have nothing to fear from the pitter patter of little feet. The only people are under the Alumni Pergola looking down into the green water and the koi that circle within.
The Academy quad is empty of students. Nobody rushing to and fro. The gates at Bingham Hall closed as if to say, “It’s summer! Take a break!”
The night blooming cereus hedge guards the lower campus; last night’s massive bloom is withering in the afternoon heat. But small buds abound and hint of repeated glory in the nights ahead.
It’s a bittersweet time. I have enjoyed the quiet of the library this month. With only four of us toiling within its cool interior, the work is productive without the “interference” of students. But they’ll soon return and that’s how it should be. After all, what’s the living spring without them?