Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

“What, me worry?” Yes. Me worry plenty! Going into Friday there was a concern that Punahou74 would not meet its malasada shift commitment and would be about 15% short of the people we needed. And many of these volunteers were “tentatives.” When it came to shift time, would the malasadas have to be make themselves?

Taj Malasadas 2018

TAJ MALASADAS is the name of this year’s Ewa Malasada booth. As the Taj Mahal is one of the world’s architectural wonders so too is a Punahou’s malasada one of the world’s culinary wonders!



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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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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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Second in the Found on Friday series. This is when I write about things that I find on the Punahou School campus when I am there on Fridays.

This was an easy one.

After finishing lunch at the cafeteria I was walking towards Cooke Library when I saw a royal poinciana tree ablaze with flowers. It was gorgeous.

Summer is truly in bloom! This must be (more…)

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Over the years the Punahou Carnival has grown to become the dominant school fun raising event in the state of Hawaii. For years it has generated money to support scholarships, building drives, and even graduation events for the senior class.


1973 Punahou Carnival Map. The grounds were more confined then. Note the initials in the lower right hand corner. Is “JS” Jeff Sia?

For many alumni, the Carnival’s growth into a money raising leviathan has been an incrementally creeping, nearly imperceptible process for those who manage to make the annual pilgrimage through the Lower Field gates. For the alumnus who returns after years away, however, it is a smack-in-the-head, awe inspiring, if not overwhelming experience: “The booths! The rides! The people! (more…)

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The Hawaii sign at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photo by Erin Kealoha Fale.

A familiar face graced the Hawaii airwaves during this week’s coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention: Punahou74 classmate Fritz Rohlfing.

Fritz was among the 82 Hawaii representatives who made the trip to Tampa, Florida for this year’s Republican convention. Of this group there were seventeen delegates and three alternates who took a direct part in the event. As the chairman of the Hawaii delegation, and chairman of the Romney Hawaii campaign, Fritz was one of the lucky seventeen.

The trip followed his hard work (more…)

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It’s a “Futuristic Fantasy” and sure to be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to make your Carnival experience a great one.

Layout for the 2012 Punahou Carnival grounds. Click for a larger image.

Dates and Times

February 3 and 4, 2012. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Weather Forecast

Sure the Carnival’s famous for its rain and mud. In fact, one year it was rained out on Friday! Click here to see what’s in the forecast before you head on out to rain-blessed Manoa.

iPhone App

iCarnival gives you pricing, a Carnival map, parking information and more. It’s the Punahou Carnival all in the pocket of your pants. Check it out!


Consider the bus or carpooling but, if that’s not in the cards, here’s where to start the search for that elusive parking space. For families coming to campus for Carnival:

  • When parking is available on Rice Field, Nehoa Gate will be open.
  • Barwick Playground will open for parking after students have cleared the area. Enter via Upper Manoa Gate.

Parking is also available at nearby locations. To find out where and for how much (more…)

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