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Strange how you can find Punahou74 classmates in the most interesting places.

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The Reverend Lorrin Andrews describes his work at Lahainaluna Seminary on Maui.

Friday, June 16, was opening night for Cemetery Pupu Theatre at Oahu Cemetery. Sponsored by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, I had volunteered to guide guests to the night’s various performances. By doing so I was able to enjoy what is a perennially¬† in-demand event: all four shows had been quickly sold out.

In addition to enlightening¬† conversation and good food (hence the “pupu” in the title) the evening features outdoor theater in an unusual setting. Nestled between the picturesque grave markers, are tents at which actors are stationed to play individuals significant in Hawaii’s history. It’s a location perfect for (more…)

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With the rollout of Punahou School’s Alumni Week 2017, reunion 2019 is nudging its way on to the edge of Punahou74’s consciousness. In one year the reunion countdown will begin. Good to know that Punahou74 is still strong … and still celebrating together.

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“Hey, where’s the party?” (Stein Rafto photo)

Alumni Week’s Thursday night is an “Alumni Celebration.” It’s open to all alumni (+ friends and family) and offers good food, good music, and good times.

While it’s an alumni party, most of the attendees tend to be from reunion classes. And that’s something that Punahou74 will wait another two years to experience.

But this doesn’t stop the great Punahou School class of 1974.

Alumni Art Exhibit

Babs Miyano Young generously donated tropical floral arrangements that graced the Alumni Art exhibition. Simply stunning! I love how she (more…)

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The shift started out apprehensively. The class with which we had shared malasada duty for the last two years was moving to another shift. Given this development we needed twice as many class members to fill the tent. With Punahou74 starting its seventh decade of life could such a quota be filled? To quote from Punahou’s signature cheer the answer was “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

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AFTER THE SHIFT: Some of Punahou74 classmates who attended the Punahou74 Carnival Shift After Party. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Cindy Li, Babs Miyano Young, Renee Ahuna Cabrinha, Haven Young Rafto, and Warren Loui, (back row, L-R) Jan Bertram, Sheree Lum Orsi, Cliff Halevi, Lynne Gartley Meyer, Ian Sandison, Alvin Cabrinha, Landis Lum, Ralph Aona, and Lyallyn Temple.

That Punahou74 consistently fills its shift quotas is a testament first to our dedication to (more…)

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The text came in shortly after I returned home from a long Friday at the Punahou Carnival. “Renee and I may be on the KITV 4 news.” Huh? Then this: “Just got home–they showed us on the news.” What? When did this happen?

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Babs Miyano Young and Renee Ahuna Cabrinha show their media prowess when featured in a KITV news story about the Punahou Carnival.

Punahou’s iconic malasadas are always an item of interest to the news media when covering the annual Punahou Carnival. Such was the case on the Friday, February 3 KITV late newscast.

As luck would have it, (more…)

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June 9, 2016 was a day to party on the Punahou campus; a day that would include one of the last celebrations of the 175th anniversary year.

Punahou 175th Party

Can you name all of the Punahou74 party goers pictured above? Hint: One person is a mystery guest. This person is not a class member but is and is known by all Punahou74 classmates. Answers below.

The night included a variety of distractions: (more…)

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Thanks to Gaye, the celebration continues.

60 Kanreki

For those lucky enough to reach their 60th birthdays, Japanese tradition celebrates the idea of growing older and rebirth in the form of a kanreki.

During this time of 60th birthday celebrations for many classmates Gaye has been using the term “kanreki” to describe the festivities. If you’re like me perhaps you’re wondering what kanreki means. I looked it up:

Kanreki is a celebration held on a man’s 60th birthday. Kan means “return” and reki means “calendar.” At 60, according to the Chinese zodiac, a person has returned to the calendar sign under which the person was born. … the person is beginning his or her life all over again. (www.crosscurrents.hawaii.edu)

After February and April’s celebrations, it’s time to continue the beginning of our lives all over again. Here’s the invitation from Gaye: (more…)

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Thanks to Gaye Miyasaki we now have a plan for the karaoke night described in the last blog post.

Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar

Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar is located at 2424 Koa Avenue in Waikiki. You can reach them at 808-921-9176. The bar is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Here’s what Gaye wrote: (more…)

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