This Punahou article came out last fall. Don’t know if you saw it but, as usual, Punahou74 was in the news and making an impact on campus.
A special fabric pays tribute to Punahou’s history and celebrates the 175th anniversary. Complete with yellow splashes of
night blooming cereus on a blue background patterned with scenes of Old School Hall, the Lily Pond and the front gates of Palm Drive, the design is infused with school pride. The fabric, in both cotton and rayon, lends itself well to an array of apparel styles for both men and women.
In 2014, a request for proposal was sent to alumni that were in the manufacturing and retail clothing business. The Punahou alumni responsible for the fabric’s look and feel include Marti Wiese ’68 Rounds, fine art and textile artist; Leighton Lam ’74, metalwork artist; Vik Watumull ’76, T-shirt manufacturer; and the 175th Projects committee.
To capture the essence of the School, Rounds incorporated Lam’s signature night-blooming cereus styling and wove in three iconic images representing the past (Old School Hall), the present (the gates of Punahou) and the future (the life-giving spring, Ka Punahou).
“For this 175th anniversary print, I thought it was relevant to include key scenes that play a part in the School’s development,” Rounds said, who based her illustrations from photos she took on campus. A professional colorist, she also chose a universally flattering shade of blue as the main color.
In addition to other 175th merchandise, the historic fabric is available in the Buff ‘n Blue Store as men’s and women’s apparel. There are three styles of aloha shirts, a blouse, a short dress and a mu‘umu‘u. Fabric can also be purchased by the yard for personal use.
Show your school spirit by sharing photos of yourself sporting the fabric at 175th-related celebrations using #Punahou175. You can also use the same hashtag to share photos of your custom clothing designs. The photos may show up on Punahou’s tagboard.