E Komo Mai – Punahou School


“It was deeply inspiring to see Punahou come back to life this year,” said Punahou President Mike Latham ’86. “At the height of the pandemic, from summer to early fall 2020, our closed campus was a quiet beauty. After we returned to in-person instruction in October 2020, we began restoring the full range of activities our students enjoy.

The path to get here was anything but simple. It took the tireless work of faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and volunteers, with one pivot after another. Although COVID-19 is still with us, along with certain safety protocols, the fact that we have been able to come together as one community is reason enough to celebrate.

“This year, and especially this spring, the dynamism that has long reflected our community has returned. In athletics, music, art, drama, dance, the Holokū competition and a stirring start, the energy, skills and spirit of our students were on full display,” says Latham. “Three years after beginning my work as President of Punahou, it is wonderful to again enjoy these milestones with our community.”

While this is undoubtedly a new chapter for the School, it is important to note that even in the darkest days of the pandemic, the spirit of Punahou has never faded. Over the past two years, our enterprising students, faculty, staff, alumni and parent volunteers have found creative ways to keep our vibrant network connected, yet safe. Whether our events took place virtually or in person, what mattered most was the human touch and the connections that lasted.

Today, as we fully embrace our traditions, there is a renewed sense of gratitude for the little things that were once taken for granted. Every moment we celebrate feels somehow more precious, every hug seems to last a little longer. There’s also a sense that whatever challenges lie ahead, we’ve weathered the worst of the storm and emerged stronger and more resilient. After what has felt like a lifetime of standing six feet apart, it feels good to welcome the future with open arms.

E Komo Mai to all!


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