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If you ever looked at the Wikipedia’s List of Punahou Alumni you’d see that it is a lengthy entry, filled with dozens and dozens of superstars in a variety of fields. Unsurprisingly, many of these are women.

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March was Women’s History Month. This year the Punahou Archives created a Women’s History display that featured women who made history at Punahou School. Who made the list?

Recognize the name Kaahumanu? She lived part-time beside the lily pond at Kapunahou. The stone wall that fronts Wilder Avenue was constructed by her and is now a national monument. It was she who convinced Liliha to gift Punahou’s lands (224 Manoa and 77 acres near Kewalo Basin) to Hiram Bingham for the Sandwich Islands Mission in 1829.

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Mary Persis Winnie

Recognize the name, Mary Persis Winnie? Of course you do.

 

Our grades one to four were spent in the Winnie Units, a structure that now lives only in our memories. It was named in honor of the school’s elementary principal (1898-1941).

Recognize the name Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson? In 2011, she became the first woman to lead the Punahou School Board of Trustees. She served on the Board from 1974-2015.

Other firsts include Dr. Emily McCarren (first woman Academy Principal) and Charlotte Kamikawa (first woman Director of Physical Plant).

What, you don’t know the ones in the last two paragraphs?

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Terece Stovall ’72

Of course, you graduated years ago and don’t know the intimacies regarding the ins and outs of school leadership.

But what about two firsts, two firsts that occurred in a time you know, the time being the early seventies? Better yet, the only two student “firsts” that made the cut!

How about Terece Stovall ’72 (attended 1966-1972)? She was the first woman enrolled in Punahou’s Army Junior Reserve Training Corps program. Her enrollment compelled the opening of the military program to other women throughout Hawaii the following year.

 

Now, if you haven’t guessed by now, there’s a Punahou74 connection to this post. A Punahou74 woman who made the list.

Who is it?

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We’re all familiar with the saying, “Join the Navy and See the World.” Even the Navy sells this as an enlistment benefit noting that “the vessels that you will serve on will sail to the corners of the Earth and you will stop in many different ports.” Of course, that’s because the Navy member is serving on the ship itself. I didn’t know that there were incidental benefits for family members!

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VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE of the USN Richard E. Byrd at Apra Harbor in Guam.

Truth be it, the family member to whom I am referring is in the Merchant Marines, not the United States Navy. But it’s still a job that takes you to the four corners of the Earth. Right?

And as to the incidental benefits? In this case they relate to the service of (more…)

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The first day of school is a time of celebration. New books, new teachers, new year. Of these special days, none is as significant as July 11, 1842: the day students first attended school at Ka Punahou.

Early Lily Pond

AN EARLY VIEW OF THE LILY POND: The spring divided into several streams which flowed through the grounds — “carried along to water the taro and in one channel to water the garden near the [former Bingham] house, in another to run through the pantry to keep it cool, in another to meet a little vineyard back of the house.” (Punahou Archives Photo)

The path to the first day of school was a long and difficult one for the protestant missionaries who founded Punahou. These were educated people, people who desired and valued educational opportunities for their own children:

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Imagine my surprise when I opened the invitation! You will be surprised too. … or maybe not too surprised.

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Punahou Alumni Association Awards Ceremony

Created in 1976, the Old School Award recognizes those who support Punahou in many ways. Its winners exemplify the spirit of Punahou through outstanding service to the school. This is the one award that is open to both living and non-living alumni and non-alumni.

The award is one of four offered by the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA). The other three alumni awards, and the years in which they were first offered, are the “O” in Life (1954), the Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award (1993), and the Charles S. Judd, Jr. Humanitarian Award (2003). Certificates of Appreciation are also conferred.

Before this year Punahou74 had two Old School Award Winners: Alan (more…)

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As Punahou celebrates the graduation of the class of 2016 this weekend, there will be one thing missing from the occasion, something that once was a seventy-year campus tradition: the bestowing of a class gift.

Punahou's Main Gates were a gift of the classes of 1931 and 1931.

Punahou’s Main Gates were a gift of the classes of 1931 and 1931.

Class gifts are a way for alumni to benefit current and future students while honoring their alma mater.  Punahou’s records document the gifts received from graduates dating back to 1904.

Commencement was a week-long affair in those days and featured events such as graduation, a dance, and Class Day. It was during this celebration on June 18, 1904 that class president, Harold Castle, introduced the first class gift. He spoke from the balcony to those gathered on the shady lawn in front of Pauahi Hall:

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If you were at the Friday night party held during our 40th reunion you enjoyed the music of several classmates, one of whom was Fred Randolph. If you liked what you heard you may be interested in Fred’s new CD.

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FRED RANDOLPH and Jud Haskins entertaining the crowd at Punahou74’s 40th reunion.

The album is called “Song Without Singing.” Now, truth be told, I am a political junkie and my audio listening is devoted to  talk radio and audiobooks (love that history). That said, from what I have heard, Fred’s album is (more…)

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Michael Woodward wanted to let you know that (more…)

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