Posts Tagged ‘Prayer Chain’

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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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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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.

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


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Another sorry story to report to you. Stephen was one of the original members of Punahou74 and stayed with us through eighth grade. His obituary appeared in the Rutland Herald and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Thanks to Mike Mikasa for alerting me to this story.

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COUNTING CAPERS: (L-R) Ginny Chalmers, Patti Mei Look, Ron Nelson, Trish Moore, Stephen Spalding. They are pictured in the 1962 Na Opio in Miss Linton’s kindergarten class.


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As anticipated in the blog post announcing her death earlier this year, an Oahu memorial service has been scheduled for Ann Wilkinson (Springer).

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RIL Ann Wilkinson Springer

Ann’s Memorial Service will be held at 59-087 Hoalua Street in Haleiwa on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.

The family warmly invites and looks forward to seeing her Punahou74 classmates at the event.

The home is the second house to the right of Sunset Beach when looking makai. It is the Wilkinson family’s beach home.

A luncheon will follow the ceremony with a paddle out Ash Ceremony later in the afternoon.

To help plan the event, click here to email them of of your attendance.

This is an opportunity to remember and recognize a classmate who traveled with us for nine years along life’s journey. Together, let’s lift her up with our aloha for the next segment of her voyage.

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