GTP 2015 - 2016

The dazzle of fireworks above Flaming “P,” the toast heard around the world, the proud faces of members of the 175th Class of 2016, the joy of the Punahou family reunited across the oceans ... this was a year to celebrate and to cherish. Mau a mau, Punahou, our Punahou.

Looking Back At A Wonderful Celebration




I had the privilege of chairing Punahou’s 175th Anniversary Committee and it reminded me what a remarkable community we share. There are very few institutions that can celebrate 175 years of serving the Islands, and reflecting upon our rich history provided a fascinating perspective on how much Punahou has changed, and how much its founding values have stayed the same.

This year unfolded in a series of unforgettable moments when the School’s extended family gathered to celebrate the spirit that makes Punahou so unique: the expectant energy of Convocation, where our two newest principals first addressed the School community together; the thrill of a particularly bright Flaming “P”; the incredible talent that our students and alumni showcased in the “Founder’s Play” and the original 175th anniversary composition, “Punahou Stand Strong,” as well as special all-School musical and Dance Triennial editions, the hugely popular “Punahou Sessions” music videos and the dazzling performances of “Punahou Presents”; the fascinating stories collected in the 175th Anniversary Exhibit, “Punahou Mau a Mau”; the thousands that gathered on campus to wish Punahou happy birthday; the alumni celebrations in Europe, Asia and the U.S. continent, culminating in the worldwide toast at 18:41 during Alumni Lu‘au; and the launch of “Kapunahou,” a stunning commemorative book that celebrates the past 25 years of Punahou School.

Whether it was witnessing the excitement in a student’s eyes or the joyful embraces of reunioning alumni, I was continually moved by the sense of family and home that made our 175th anniversary celebrations truly meaningful. We are fortunate to share so much as a community, and this year reinforced the bonds of that community in extraordinary ways.

Thank you for celebrating with us.

Ethan D. B. Abbott ’72
Trustee and Chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee