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Memorial Day has traditionally been known as a day to remember those who died while serving in the United States armed forces. In recent years, the day has expanded to include  collective and personal remembrances of departed family members and friends. With its growing prayer list, Punahou74 has many departed classmates to include in its Memorial Day observance.

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More than 50,000 people watch thousands of lighted lanterns head for sea as the 2018 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony draws to a close.

Lantern Floating Hawaii is Hawaii’s premiere Memorial Day event. Sponsored by Shinnyo-En Hawaii, an Oahu Buddhist temple, the event features song, dance, and ceremonies that climax with the sunset seaward launch of thousands of lighted paper lanterns inscribed with messages of love and aloha to those who have left this world. The occasion encourages cultural harmony and understanding–“Many Rivers, One Ocean”– while honoring loved ones.

The observance has grown geometrically since its 1999 start. Today more than (more…)

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The skies were overcast and the drizzle was intermittent. The drive to Laie was long and fraught with challenges. Would Punahou74 make it to the memorial service?

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THIS IS THE PLACE: The entrance to Billy’s memorial service.

Billy Richardson’s memorial service was held on Saturday, April 7, just one day after his 63rd birthday.

Despite the less than perfect weather, the service overflowed with the love, warmth, and best wishes of many, including those of almost two dozen Punahou74 classmates.

Getting there was a challenge. A downed electrical wire slowed traffic on Kamehameha Highway causing cars to proceed one-at-a-time down the two-lane road.

Parking was at Laie Elementary School. Given the high attendance, (more…)

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Prayers and aloha to Albert’s family and friends.

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ALBERT HONDA as pictured in the 1974 Oahuan. The picture was captioned as follows: “If you’re looking at my picture and remembering me, chances are I’ll be looking at yours and remembering YOU!”

Albert Honda passed away in Honolulu’s Saint Francis Hospice on (more…)

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Some classmates are difficult to eulogize, so little is known about them. That is not the case with Billy Richardson. Click anywhere online. He’s there.
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“FREAR FROLICS” IN KINDERGARTEN- LEFT: Carolyn Ing, Lynne Gartley, Bill Richardson, Dick Libbey, Mrs. Bush, Assistant to Miss Linton. (1961 Na Opio O Punahou photo)

Billy may have been one of the oldest members of Punahou74. And, while all babies are cause for celebration, his arrival was fodder for public recognition. As noted in the May 1955 Punahou Bulletin (Class of 1938 notes):

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Keeping up with the Punahou74 prayer chain is a necessary but wrenching aspect of writing this blog. The loss of each and every classmate represents a forever loss of Punahou74’s history as well as a part of our corporate hearts. Since this blog’s 2009 premiere, the focus has been on these losses as they relate to classmates/faculty/staff with an exception which has been observed only once: the loss of a Punahou74 child. Sadly, it is time for a second exception.

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Ryder Kalani Onapa as pictured in the 2005 Oahuan.

Ryder Kalani Onopa, MD (Punahou05) passed away from cancer on August 17, 2017. He is survived by Punahou74’s Janet Kemble Onopa and her husband, Bob, his brother Alex (Punahou10) and his dog Sky. He was 30 years old.

Ryder’s death was noted in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 24 in an article that is typically written for those of greater years. In an excellent piece, the story was headlined  “Hawaii physician known for intellect, compassion.” Reading the story imbues one with the sense of loss, the knowledge of a life (more…)

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News of Anne’s death came circuitously via “Happy Birthday” facebook wishes that would be sent to the hereafter.

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You know the notification. “XXXX — write a birthday wish on his [or her] timeline.” And so it goes. You send along best wishes. The more industrious add a photo, meme, or catchy phrase. And so goes another year. Or does it? (more…)

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Stephen Milbank Spalding                        11/12/1955 – 8/31/2015

This blog reported earlier on Stephen’s death and provided his obituary. His family has now set a Hawaii memorial service for friends and family. You are encouraged to attend.

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