Posts Tagged ‘History’

Section 11343, Revised Laws of Hawaii 1945, refers  to the playing of prohibited games. This statute provides that every person who participates in or who conducts, either as an owner or employee, any specific type of game or any game in which money or anything of value is won or lost is guilty of a misdemeanor.


1957 Carnival scene: Grant Marsh and Barbara Townsend splurge on a balloon from the happy vendor, Dave Ferguson. (1957 Oahuan photo and caption)

So read the February 7, 1957 letter from Dan Liu, Chief of Police (signed by Arthur M. Tarbell, Deputy Chief of Police), to Dr. John Fox, President of Punahou School. Walter F. Dillingham, President of the Board of Trustees, and Mrs. Robert S. Lowery, Carnival Chairwoman, were copied on the communication.

At issue was a January 1957 court ruling, made by Judge Harry R. Hewitt, that gambling is involved in “any game in which money or something of value is won or lost.” Because Carnival games offered prizes to its winners, game players were gambling and would, as stated in Chief Liu’s letter, be subject to the possibility “of embarrassment attendant to arrest and prosecution of any individual concerned either as operators or as participants.”

With this news being delivered on the eve of the start of the February 8-9 event fifty years ago this year, it seemed that the Carnival much attended midway was doomed.

What to do? Actually the answer was quite simple. According to Carnival Chairwoman Lowrey, “We just (more…)


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February has always been a fun month for me. Its days are easily divided into four periods making it a period of weekly attractions: Week One is the Punahou Carnival; Week Two is Valentine’s Day; Week Three is President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday was celebrated on the 21st when we were at Punahou .. a day I recall was Ann Hughes’ birthday); and Week Four is my birthday!! What more could a child want in a month?

Birthday Cake

Gaye Miuasaki helped us celebrate our 6oth birthdays at January’s Lanakila Day of Service. How are you celebrating yours?

Speaking of birthdays, February 2016 may mark what would be the birthday midpoint for Punahou74. But it’s hard to be sure. While most of us are born in 1956, Punahou admits its boys months older than its girls. Then there are the classmates who are one year older (think 13+ club members) and those prodigies who accelerated into our class. So who really knows. I’ll just use February for my estimate of our average birthday. One thing I know for sure is that, even if you may not have yet celebrated it, if you’re a member of Punahou74 then your 60th birthday is scheduled in your near future.

Thinking about our birthdays I (more…)

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New to the Punahou Carnival in 1962 was a game that still graces today’s midway, albeit with some updates. Provided at little cost, it was a money-maker from the start. And its appeal; obviously timeless!

Splat Midway Scene 1962

Scenes from the skills game midway of Punahou Carnival 1962. (Punahou Bulletin photo, March 1962.)

After the 1961 Punahou Carnival it was clear that one of the two bean bag booths needed to go. But what to offer in its place?

The Carnival “big wigs” that year were overall chairwoman Mrs. Alex Waterhouse and student co-chairmen Kale Okasaki (1963) and Warren Heiser (1963). There was also “Carnival granddaddy” Leo Piper (Buildings and Grounds, 1946-1965) and dean of the sponsoring Junior Class, Tom Metcalf (Elementary and Academy Teacher, Dean 1950-1990). Working together this group would raise a Carnival gross of $57,025; most of which much would go towards funding student scholarships.

Just two months before the February 9 and 10 event, Warren Heiser had an idea for a booth replacement. He shared his idea at the December 14, 1961 meeting of the Carnival Coordinating Committee: (more…)

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I have occasionally taken a look at the Punahou Carnival facebook page as the year has progressed. It’s usually a fun diversion. This year’s theme is “Rewind the Time” and the page was celebrating Throwback Thursday by rewinding the time back to past Carnivals. The post shown below is one of these efforts. Hmmm. Interesting, I thought. Put up some pictures and emphasize your theme. Good idea. But then they only put up two throwback pictures! Kids. Guess their idea of history differs from mine because I believe that there are many many good memories when it comes to the Punahou Carnival.

Punahou Carnival Throwback Thursday

A recent Punahou Carnival facebook Throwback Thursday post.

I’ve shared some of those memories through this blog. There’s the story about The Day the Punahou Carnival Died. The history of the Jams and Jellies booth. And, of course, there’s that tale of the 1973 Punahou Carnival and how it was a “simpler affair.”  Talk about a walk down memory lane. That was back in the day!

As you can tell, I love Punahou’s history and love to write about it. And I’d like to introduce a candidate for Throwback Thursday that the kids missed.

Carnival 1955

Jim Iams 1973 Oahuan 1

James Iams as pictured in the 1973 Oahuan.

Punahou74 will remember Jim Iams. While we were in the academy he was the dean of the class of 1975, his final class after having served as a dean starting in 1957. He came to Punahou as a math instructor in 1945 and became Director of Activities from 1946-1956. Following his service as dean, he managed the Career Exploration Program for two years.

With so much hands-on time with students, it’s no surprise that Mr. Iams had memories galore to share regarding his challenges, joys, and experiences over the years. One of his favorite memories was the story behind the photo below and (more…)

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Froshie Day? I remember it as our Freshman Picnic. But I’m not known for being especially politically correct.

Found this little nugget on page 3 of the November 6, 1970 edition of Ka Punahou. It was written by Punahou74’s Catherine Tompkison. Do you remember this shared Punahou74 experience?

Punahou74 classmates frolic at their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo)

Punahou74 classmates frolic in the Kailua surf during their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo) Recognize anyone? I do!



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In a previous post, the students who decided to skip school on November 5, 1940 had received their punishment. All had breathed a sigh of relief believing that the sentence was very fair and just. Indeed, it was. But was it a slap on the wrist? You be the judge.


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Friday, May 24, 2013 was Senior Skip Day at Punahou. Remember the fun of that day at Kikila, the White Estate, located across from Pounders? Did you know that the gift of this day can be traced back to the antics of members of the Punahou Class of 1941 a.k.a.  Punahou’s “Greatest Centennial Class”)?

Ever wonder how Senior Skip Day came to be observed at Punahou? If you said it was because of seniors skipping class you’d be right. But you may be surprised to learn that the precedent-setting exodus came not at the end of the year, the time at which it is celebrated today, but nearer to its start.

On November 5, 1940  a large group of  students headed for the beach on what was a self-selected holiday. What followed was a situation that caused me to literally laugh out loud while I read Ka Punahou’s coverage of the story. See if you feel the same way.


Not quite the class of 1941 but these members of the class of 1947 are dressed and ready to head out for a day of Hawaii fun and sun. (Source: Punahou School Archives)


“It was fun, but it sure turned out a lot different from what we anticipated,” was the general remark made by the members of the school who cut last Tuesday morning.

What was intended as a gay lark was turned into a far more serious matter when about 80 boys cut school Tuesday morning and headed out for (more…)

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