Saw this story in Giving to Punahou 2011-2012 and thought I’d share it with you if you didn’t receive the publication.
NEW ENDOWED FUNDS: LEIGHTON ’74 AND LANI LAM FAMILY
If you’ve been to the Carnival or to many gift shops around Honolulu, there’s a good chance that you have encountered one of Leighton’s many beautiful works of art. (I have a piece or two myself, natch.) But perhaps you do not know about what may be his most attractive work of art: the endowed fund established by the Leighton and Lani Lam family in 2011.
The inspiration for creating this fund arose from the experiences of son Lucas Lam ’09 with Punahou’s Psychosocial Education program and as a peer counselor for Camp Kueana and Camp Paumalu. While Lucas was a highly successful student athlete at Punahou, it was through the camps where he found meaningful ways to meet diverse students and to further develop his leadership, empathy, and communication skills.
Lucas is now a senior at Santa Clara University, majoring in psychology and economics, with a focus on Human Resources management. Leighton says that HR management is an area where the value of Lucas’ involvement with Punahou’s counseling experience has being realized while he has worked for Apple Computer over the last 18 months; currently as a RedZone manager at the Los Gatos Apple Store.
Leighton and Lani appreciated the extraordinary impact of the program on Lucas and hope their fund will provide opportunities for other students to grow personally from similar experiences. The fund supports Punahou’s Psychosocial Education program and student access to the program’s benefits, including providing assistance to students who are unable to attend Academy camp due to financial hardship.
Note: As the parent of four Punahou graduates I celebrate Leighton and Lani’s generosity. Sometimes just squeezing those additional few dollars out for “extras” such as camping are hard to find in the school budget. How wonderful that the Lams are helping make it easier for students in such situations enjoy the benefits of these extraordinary opportunities.
Remember Camp Timberline? Punahou74 was the first class to experience camping as a whole at Punahou. (Punahou73 had one classroom attend the camp to test the concept.) Leighton remembers that, “Some of my best memories of Punahou were at Camp Timberline.” Remarking on the variety of what he calls “student growth retreats” offered at Punahou today he adds that they, “sure made a difference in my son’s life and who knows, if they had been at the level they are today when I was there I might have stuck around and actually graduated with you!”
Check out Punahou’s 2012 Winter Bulletin for another look at the program or watch the dated yet still relevant Punavision video below for additional insight.