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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?

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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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Wallking Backwards to Pepperland Cover

Cover art by Rob Setrakian, Bruces’ Stanford artist friend, bought by collectors now for over ten years, a simple monogram he calls “a finger painting”–possibly a reflection of the dark in the first chapter, a walk through Hell itself.”

Walking Backwards to Pepperland opens with the “calling of the tune” by The Piper on the Ides of March and then moves on to a rock and roll train wreck colliding with hell three days later. It is technically a memoir, but it’s more of an adventure, too far out to be real, all in our generations’ journey starting in the 60’s and 70’s. The book was edited by Mike Woodward and mentions Steve Taylor.

A note from the author, Bruce Ashford:

Punahou days were some of the best of my life – a treasure of growing up, friends, and changes in the 70’s, leading to college in the Bay Area and a couple of more great years. Then rock and roll turned sour, and lost the art of our generation.

“Walking Backwards” opens with the crash landing of a bad dream In a California train wreck. But the train wreck was only the beginning. On to the confusion of young men struggling with changes and facing the reality of “the real world”, all facades aside. We continued, got lost again…something happened along the way. (more…)

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The skies were overcast and the drizzle was intermittent. The drive to Laie was long and fraught with challenges. Would Punahou74 make it to the memorial service?

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THIS IS THE PLACE: The entrance to Billy’s memorial service.

Billy Richardson’s memorial service was held on Saturday, April 7, just one day after his 63rd birthday.

Despite the less than perfect weather, the service overflowed with the love, warmth, and best wishes of many, including those of almost two dozen Punahou74 classmates.

Getting there was a challenge. A downed electrical wire slowed traffic on Kamehameha Highway causing cars to proceed one-at-a-time down the two-lane road.

Parking was at Laie Elementary School. Given the high attendance, (more…)

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