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Op-Ed: President Latham At The Crossroads

Op-Ed: President Latham At The Crossroads

Connor Seto

May 24, 2020

  The 2019-2020 school year was full of changes and emotions for many in the Punahou community. Whether due to the further rollout of a competency-based learning system, or a COVID-19 related cancellation, we all had our own opinions about the school year. During this unusual year, we also welcomed a...

Perspective: The Unexpected Gift of Time in Quarantine

Perspective: The Unexpected Gift of Time in Quarantine

Brie Kodama

May 23, 2020

  This quarantine sucks. As a high school senior, I feel sad that I can’t spend time with my friends before we all go off to our separate parts of the world. I feel robbed of a graduation, prom, and possibly even my first semester of college. And I feel mad at the people who refuse to stay a...

Op-Ed: Punahou Flexes in Response to Distance Learning Distress

Elsa Kronen '20 studies at home during fourth quarter distance learning

Elsa Kronen

May 23, 2020

  The cancellation of many anticipated end-of-school celebrations, coupled with the continuation of every student's least favorite part of school (homework), and the start of distance learning has many students feeling frustrated and infuriated, prompting them to lash out at the school with ...

Perspective: (No) Baseball in The Time of Coronavirus

2020 Seniors of The Sons of Oahu Baseball Team

Matt Nishimura

May 22, 2020

  February 27, 2015, I was in seventh grade at the time. It was on that date that I was inducted into the Punahou Baseball Program, the beginning of a brotherhood that would carry my teammates and I through life. It was also the first step for my class, our team, the class of 2020, to reach the...

Op-Ed: Should Colleges Offer Deferral?

College recruiting materials

Mia Viola

May 22, 2020

  Due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is unclear if many universities will be able to conduct classes on campus this upcoming fall. For the class of 2020, the possibility of another semester of online learning is scary. Further, many universities have released statements notify...

Op-Ed: Cancelled Sports Heartbreaking But Necessary

J. Kai Yamafuji competes in a track and field event before the shutdown

J. Kai Yamafuji

May 22, 2020

  Due to the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus, Hawai’i high school sports have been unfortunately cancelled for the remainder of their seasons. With the loss of their seasons many athletes have felt disheartened, especially the seniors, some of whom have lost their final oppo...

Perspective: Behind The Scenes of The Oahuan

Oahuan editors see how the yearbook is printed

Mia Lettau

May 21, 2020

  At the end of every school year, each Punahou Academy student receives an Oahuan. Not many know the amount of work that goes into creating the book, as most people never think about it. When the Academy transitioned to distance learning due to the coronavirus outbreak, the yearbook wasn’t...

Perspective: Judo, COVID-19, and a Lost Season

Punahou Judo Competitors

Mona Hirose

May 21, 2020

  Now is not the time to resent. Now is the time to be selfless. Hundreds of thousands of people have died around the globe, the economy has taken a nosedive, domestic abuse has increased, and kids can no longer go to school. These are just a few of the devastating effects of COVID-19. Everyone a...

Op-Ed: Virtual Holokū…Still Beautiful

Screenshot from the 2020 Holokū pageant

Jenn Ackerman

May 21, 2020

  A celebration of music, dance, laughter, and Hawaiian culture and values taken away, or so I thought. Although COVID-19 seemed to bring most Punahou events to a halt, we found a way to still spread the love and joy that the Holokū pageant brings every year by creating something virtual. Pun...

Op-Ed: Senior Sing Is Worth It

Virtual choir for the 2020 Baccalaureate

Leilani Ikeda

May 20, 2020

  Several weeks ago now, we seniors received a devastating announcement regarding the cancellation of our commencement ceremony, indicating that there would also be no senior chapel, baccalaureate, or senior sing. Students, including me, have vented their disappointment on social media platforms, expr...

Op-Ed: Appreciating President Latham’s Leadership Amid Pandemic

President Latham announces that the live 2020 commencement  ceremony has been cancelled

Jake Wakahiro

May 20, 2020

  On July 1, 2019, Dr. Michael E. Latham ‘86 returned from Grinnell College in Iowa to serve as Punahou’s 17th president, succeeding Dr. James Scott ‘70 after 25 years.  After years of renowned service at Fordham, Johns Hopkins-Nanjing, and finally Grinnell, the 2019-2020 school year was e...

Perspective: Dear Class of 2020

Senior Class ImPROMptu on the day before spring break

Seth Alterado

May 20, 2020

  Imagine being born in the shadows after the horrid events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or growing up in an age when your world was starting to deteriorate due to climate change.  Imagine enduring a moment when you thought your life would end because of an incoming missile, and lived thr...