When Punahou students returned to campus last Thursday there were many changes in store for them. A refreshed campus was one of the biggest of these.
August is a quiet month at Punahou. Student appearances are largely limited to marching band walkabouts and football team practices. Other than that, the grass grows long and luxuriant absent the daily drumbeat of little feet across its blades.
But that doesn’t mean all’s quiet on the Punahou front. In fact, for the buildings and grounds workers, the month may be one of the year’s busiest. Changes that would take years under a government contract are quickly accomplished within the space of one month. It takes a lot of work to keep the campus in tip top shape!!
There was a major exception to the August-only work: the replacement of the turf at Alexander Field which took most of the summer. The field looks great now. Here’s some information and a look at how the job went:
Another interesting change was the planting of a new hala tree in front of Griffiths Hall. The planting was necessitated when the old tree fell of its own accord and smashed a nearby picnic table at the same time. Fortunately, the tree had the good sense to fall just after summer school had adjourned and no students were in harm’s way. A new tree has since been planted in its place.
Here’s a gallery of the changes that I could spot on campus. Of course, you can check them out for yourself when you attend our upcoming 40th reunion on campus next June!