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For those of you who like to schedule things ahead of time, here is how the calendar is shaping up for Punahou74’s upcoming 45th reunion.

To ensure that your schedule will be clear, please pencil in the week of June 4-10 to guarantee that you will get the most out of your 45th reunion experience.



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The countdown has started for our 45th reunion. Can you help make our celebration a success?

40th Reunion Photo

Will you help make Punahou74’s 45th reunion as great as its 40th?

It takes a lot of work to put together a Punhou reunion and, as the saying goes, (more…)

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Building upon an idea that was used for both Punahou School’s 175th and Wo Center 25th anniversaries, a fun surprise was on display when I arrived on the Punahou School campus on June 8.

The idea that I reference is the use of banners to line Slade Drive, the road that one enters via the main gate. What excited me this June was something altogether different from what had been previously displayed. The anniversary banners had announced the event in question. The banners I was reading offered a variety of messages, each (more…)

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As Regina Yarchever Heit so kindly reminded her facebook friends, Punahou74 graduated 44 years ago on June 1, 1974.

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June 1, 1974: Punahou74 on stage at the Honolulu International Center.

And that was that. Our last time together as a class … or was it?

As luck would have it, your opportunity to re-experience “that lovin’ feeling” that comes¬† from sharing time with those with whom you were one in “the days of [your] youth” will happen in (more…)

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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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If you ever looked at the Wikipedia’s List of Punahou Alumni you’d see that it is a lengthy entry, filled with dozens and dozens of superstars in a variety of fields. Unsurprisingly, many of these are women.

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March was Women’s History Month. This year the Punahou Archives created a Women’s History display that featured women who made history at Punahou School. Who made the list?

Recognize the name Kaahumanu? She lived part-time beside the lily pond at Kapunahou. The stone wall that fronts Wilder Avenue was constructed by her and is now a national monument. It was she who convinced Liliha to gift Punahou’s lands (224 Manoa and 77 acres near Kewalo Basin) to Hiram Bingham for the Sandwich Islands Mission in 1829.

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Mary Persis Winnie

Recognize the name, Mary Persis Winnie? Of course you do.


Our grades one to four were spent in the Winnie Units, a structure that now lives only in our memories. It was named in honor of the school’s elementary principal (1898-1941).

Recognize the name Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson? In 2011, she became the first woman to lead the Punahou School Board of Trustees. She served on the Board from 1974-2015.

Other firsts include Dr. Emily McCarren (first woman Academy Principal) and Charlotte Kamikawa (first woman Director of Physical Plant).

What, you don’t know the ones in the last two paragraphs?

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Terece Stovall ’72

Of course, you graduated years ago and don’t know the intimacies regarding the ins and outs of school leadership.

But what about two firsts, two firsts that occurred in a time you know, the time being the early seventies? Better yet, the only two student “firsts” that made the cut!

How about Terece Stovall ’72 (attended 1966-1972)? She was the first woman enrolled in Punahou’s Army Junior Reserve Training Corps program. Her enrollment compelled the opening of the military program to other women throughout Hawaii the following year.


Now, if you haven’t guessed by now, there’s a Punahou74 connection to this post. A Punahou74 woman who made the list.

Who is it?


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I know that some classmates will be in town for Billy Richardson’s memorial service. Why not use some of that time to attend a friendly Punahou74 get-together while you’re here?

Karaoke Night

After the 2016 karaoke event: (L-R) Alan Lau, Heidi Hemmings Hall, Marcia Wright, Mary Jane Markoskie, Jan Bertram, Monica Del Piano Campanis, Lynne Gartley Meyer, Faye Inouye Aitcheson, Sheree Lum Orsi, and Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden. Gaye Miyasaki also attended.

In 2016 when Faye Inouye Aitcheson, Jan Bertram, and Sheree Lum Orsi came to town classmates got together to enjoy a karaoke night. That was a LOT of fun. In 2018 the three are returning to Honolulu, this time with Lyallyn Temple in tow, so it’s time for another great get together. (more…)

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