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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.
Bill Richardson kindergarten

“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 Spalding Email Picture

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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For those of you living outside of Hawaii, the search for Alec Cooke was called off. Both the Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department helicopter crews unsuccessfully searched 8,930-square ocean miles for him. A friend found Alec’s surfboard but Alec himself is now considered lost to the sea.

Alec Cooke 1983

Alec Cooke c. 1983

A memorial paddle out service–“Keep The Ocean Blue”–is planned for January 30, 2016 at Waimea Bay, the spot at which he was last seen on October 27. Final details are pending but funds for the service are currently being solicited here. I see that some classmates have already donated. I encourage your generosity if you feel so moved.

Since his loss much has been written about Alec a.k.a. “Ace Cool” and his adventuresome spirit. Most articles detail his (more…)

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I heard this on the radio as I was packing up to leave work tonight. I was speechless. My reaction was not unique. By the time I arrived home the news was on 73 sites around the Internet.

Alec Cooke facebook

BACK IN THE DAY OF THE BIGGEST WAVE. This picture had been posted on Alec’s facebook page.

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While looking through my blog files I found this story that was never posted. So so sorry for the delay but I hope you will still take the time to read.

David Parrish, Punahou74 member since first grade, died on October 16, 2013. He was a retired city of Honolulu lifeguard.

David Parrish Boat

David Parrish off Waikiki and on board “Pirate,” his father’s boat c. 1976.

I first became aware of David’s passing upon seeing a facebook post from Jeff Sia. He wrote: “To Dave Parrish – For the joy, laughter, reflection, and humility you gave to me. It was my good fortune to not only know you and be a friend, but to have had an opportunity to (more…)

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