(Numerical claims are substantiated in the main article on alumni. * indicates the class year of an attendee who did not graduate with the class.)
"Barack Obama ('79) was the 44th President of the United States. He attended Punahou from 5th grade until graduation.
Punahou has produced many leaders in the government of "Hawaii. "Sanford Dole (1864) was President of the brief "Republic of Hawaii, then "Governor of Hawaii. "Walter Frear (1881) and "Lawrence M. Judd (1905) were also Governors.
Lt. Governor "Brian Schatz ('90) was appointed U.S. Senator D-Hawaii to complete "Daniel Inouye's final term. U.S. Senator R-Connecticut "Hiram Bingham III (1892) was also elected Governor of Connecticut. "Otis Pike ('39*), Democratic Congressman from New York, chaired the "Pike Committee investigating "Richard Nixon. Republican "Charles Djou ('88) recently finished "Neil Abercrombie's term as Congressman from Hawaii. After serving in "Congress, Djou was deployed as an Army Reserve Major to Afghanistan. At least three other graduates from Punahou have represented Hawaii in the U.S. House.
Judge "Elbert Tuttle (1914) was appointed by President "Dwight Eisenhower to lead the federal court that desegregated the South (the "Fifth Circuit Four). "HEW Secretary "John W. Gardner ('29*) was President "Lyndon Johnson's architect of the "Great Society. Tuttle and Gardner were awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"Sun Yat-Sen, the "Founding Father of the "Republic of China (esteemed by "Taiwan as well as pre- and post-communist mainland China), attended Punahou (Oahu College) for a semester of study after graduating from "Iolani School.
With Presidents of the Republic of China, the Republic of Hawaii, and the United States of America, Punahou can claim three heads of state.
Alexander Cartwright III (1869) and his classmates were some of the earliest players of baseball ("Alexander Cartwright, Jr., the official inventor of the game, spent the end of his life in Honolulu). The school can claim at least one former pitcher and a former first baseman in major league baseball, and nine minor leaguers. All-American Glenn Goya ('73) was an NCAA batting title winner.
4-time women's golf "LPGA event winner "Michelle Wie graduated in 2007. "Professional Golfers Association event winner "Parker McLachlin graduated in 1997. 5-time "Association of Tennis Professionals doubles winner "Jim Osborne graduated in 1965. At least three alumni have been surfing world champions, including the current women's world tour winner "Carissa Moore ('10).
"DeForest Buckner ('12) was a 2016 first round draft pick of the "San Francisco 49ers. "San Diego Chargers linebacker "Manti Te'o ('09) was a 2012 "Heisman Trophy finalist.
Punahou has also produced seven "NFL linemen and four running backs, including "Mark Tuinei ('78) who played 195 games over 15 years (team record) for the "Dallas Cowboys, winning three "Super Bowls and playing in two "Pro Bowls. "Ray Schoenke ('59*) played 145 games for the Cowboys and Redskins over twelve years. "Charley Ane ('49) was a "Pro Bowler and twice-"NFL champion team captain, whose son, "Kale Ane ('71), is current Punahou football coach, after a career in the NFL. The elder Ane's brothers, "Herman Clark ('48) and "Jim Clark ('48), also played professionally. The four combined for a total of 260 NFL games over 20 seasons for the Packers, Chiefs, Lions, Redskins, and Bears. Pro Bowler and Super Bowler "Mosi Tatupu ('74) played 199 games and redefined the importance of special teams.
Punahou's high school All-Americans have played football for Stanford, Michigan State (twice), Santa Clara, and Notre Dame (twice); All-American college football players have played at Harvard (twice), Navy, Stanford, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Oregon.
Punahou has a tradition of sending athletes to the "Olympic Games, with alumni contributing four gold, eight silver, and two bronze medals, competing in many of the modern games ('20, '24, '28, '32, '52, '68, '72, '76, '84, '88, '92, '96, '00, '04, '08, '12, '16), and on every U.S. team since 1968 (Moscow '80 would have been the second of four Olympics for "Henry Marsh ('72) if not for the "U.S. boycott). "Warren Kealoha ('25*) was the youngest gold medalist in swimming when he won the first of two gold medals.
Punahou teachers and trustees have also won medals at the Olympic Games (see "Punahou School alumni).
"John W. Gardner taught at "Stanford and "Hiram Bingham III at "Harvard, "Princeton and "Yale. "Barack Obama lectured on Constitutional Law at the "University of Chicago.
Punahou can point to endowed professors at "Berkeley, "Stanford, "UCLA, "Duke, "Illinois, "Notre Dame, "Purdue, and "Boston University. There are research professors of medicine at "UCSF, "UCLA, "UCSD, "USC, "Stanford, "Harvard, "Columbia, "Duke, "Indiana, "Texas, "Maryland, "Pitt, "Walter Reed, and "Baylor. "John Lie ('78) wrote six books on Asian cultures, "Patrick Vinton Kirch ('68) wrote nine books on Polynesian cultures, and Fred Hoxie ('65) wrote twenty books on Native American peoples. Jesuit Father "Robert Spitzer, SJ ('70) was the president of "Gonzaga University. General George Forsythe ('66*), formerly the Academic Dean at "West Point, is the president of "Westminster College (Missouri). Marie Mookini ('74) has been admissions director for "Stanford and its business school for over two decades. "William Richards Castle, Jr. (1896) was a "Harvard Overseer. Elizabeth Bennett Johns ('55) has been a "Guggenheim Fellow. "Mount Rex is named for atmospheric science pioneer, Lt. Cdr. Dan Rex ('33*).
"William Ouchi ('61) wrote a book on Japanese business that is one of the top-100 most widely held books in U.S. libraries. Other prominent main works by alumni (over 1000 citations for a single work, at scholar.google.com) are on the topics of leadership (Gardner '29*), plasma deformation (Killeen '42*), stability of silicates (Holdaway '54*), neuralgia vaccine (Gerson '56), coronary disease (3x, Labarthe '57), communicative acts (Harnish '59*), dynamic choice (2x, Porteus '60), markets and bureaucracies (5x, Ouchi '61), floating point computation (Walther, '62), heart physiology (3x, Lederer '65), assay methods (Bennett, '66), marital conflict (3x, Cummings '68), gender equality (Roos '68), immunology (Umetsu '69), equal employment law (Krieger '72), AIDS vaccination (Michael '75), autophagy assays (Terada '75), virus expression (2x, R. Chung '78), stem cells (Mankani '79), tumor pathogenesis (D. Chung '80), legal construction of race (Haney-Lopez '82), and criminal records (Pager '89).
"Samuel C. Armstrong (1859) and "Elbert Tuttle were awarded "Honorary Degrees from "Harvard. Armstrong founded "Hampton University to educate the freed slaves and Native Indians.
Punahou has a connection to "Mills College through Punahou's former president, Cyrus Mills, who helped found the college with his wife, Punahou teacher "Susan Tolman Mills. Queenie B. Mills was a Kindergarten director who helped design the "Head Start program.
IMDB.com lists 82 credits for "Carrie Ann Inaba ('86) ("In Living Color, "Austin Powers in Goldmember, "Dancing with the Stars) and 128 for "Kelly Preston ('80) ("Jerry Maguire, "For Love of the Game, "Only You, "Twins). "Sarah Wayne Callies ('95), has starred in "Prison Break and "The Walking Dead.
"Al Harrington ('54), best known for playing Det. Ben Kokua for two seasons on the original "Hawaii Five-O, taught history at Punahou in the early 1960s.
"Joan Blondell ('25*) has a "Hollywood Walk of Fame star after 52 years in films and was a nominee for best supporting actress in 1951. "Buster Crabbe ('27), who had won a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, portrayed "Tarzan, "Flash Gordon, and "Buck Rogers in film. "Gerry Lopez ('66) is well known for surfing, but is also known as Subotai in "Conan the Barbarian. "Teri Ann Linn ('79) provided the beauty in "The Bold and the Beautiful for over eight years. "Scott Coffey ('81) appeared in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off and was in two films with "Naomi Watts ("Tank Girl, "Mulholland Drive) before writing and directing her indie bio pic, "Ellie Parker. "Amanda Schull ('96) had the lead role as an aspiring ballerina in "Center Stage. Three alumni danced for the early "Martha Graham. "Leilani Jones ('75) won a "Tony Award on Broadway and was on the original casts of "Grind and "Little Shop of Horrors.
Drew Matich '(82) has produced TV shows such as "Fairly Legal, "In Plain Sight, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, "Beautiful People, "Joan of Arcadia, and "Dawson's Creek. "Rod Lurie ('80) has directed and produced a dozen films ("Straw Dogs, "The Contender) and two major TV series ("Line of Fire, "Commander in Chief). "Kevin McCollum ('80*) directs a Broadway production company that claims 18 "Tony Award-winning plays, and a "Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three awarded personally ("In the Heights, "Avenue Q, "Rent). "Allan Burns ('53) was a 6-time "Emmy Award-winning writer and creator, known for such shows as "The Munsters, "Get Smart, "Mary Tyler Moore Show, and "Rocky and Bullwinkle. Ken Peterson ('26) animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, "One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and "Sleeping Beauty. "John Kneubuhl ('38), a Samoan royal, was a writer on "Wild, Wild, West, "Star Trek, "Hawaii Five-O, "Gunsmoke, "Mannix, and 40 other shows. "Bruce Broughton ('62) is a film composer ("Silverado, "Tombstone, "The Rescuers Down Under) and a 10-time Emmy-winner for TV themes ("JAG, "Tiny Toon Adventures). "Iris Yamashita ('83*) was nominated for best original screenplay with "Letters from Iwo Jima.
Kaui Hart Hemmings ('94) was author of "The Descendants.
The "Kingston Trio had two Punahou alumni as founders, "Dave Guard ('52*) and "Bob Shane ('52), producing five #1 albums on "Billboard's charts, ten top-40 hits, a #1 "Grammy-winning single, and earning a "Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. "Robin Luke ('59) was a "Rockabilly Hall of Fame act. Hawaiian "slack-key guitar is well represented by the popular music of Henry Kapono Kaaihue ('67) of "Cecilio & Kapono. "Melody Ishikawa ('00) had three top-ten albums in Japan, and "Teri Ann Linn's ('79) debut CD went gold on the European charts.
General "Samuel C. Armstrong led a rifle company that repelled "Pickett's Charge at the "Battle of Gettysburg, and led "U.S. Colored Troops.
Captain "Francis Wai ('35) was awarded a posthumous "Medal of Honor, "Killed in Action in the "Battle of Leyte Gulf. Admiral "Thomas G. W. Settle ('14*) won the "Navy Cross in "World War II. General "Donald Prentice Booth ('22*) won the "Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army) in "World War II and the Cold War. General "Ned Moore ('24) won the "Distinguished Service Cross (United States) in the "Korean War. General Sidney Wooten ('24*) won the DSC in "World War II and, with classmates Ned Moore and General "Walter K. Wilson, Jr. ('24), the DSM during the Cold War. General Philip Lindeman ('26) won the DSC in "World War II and DSM in the "Vietnam War. General Tom Stayton ('26) won the DSM posthumously in Vietnam. General Walter Jensen ('27) earned the DSM during the "Vietnam War. Admiral "Gordon Chung-Hoon ('29*) won the "Navy Cross in "World War II. General "Kelley Lemmon Jr. ('31*) and General Stanley Larsen ('33) won the DSC in "World War II and DSM in Vietnam. Admiral "Chester Nimitz, Jr. ('32*) won the "Navy Cross in "World War II. "William Robertson Desobry ('36) won the DSM in Vietnam, and General "Ross T. Dwyer ('37) won the DSM (Navy) in Peacetime. General "George Cantlay ('38) won the DSM in Vietnam and a Peacetime DSM (Defense). General "George Patton IV ('42*) won the DSC in the "Vietnam War and a Peacetime DSM. Admiral Kleber Masterson, Jr. ('50*) won a DSM (Navy) in Vietnam.
Many of the students were children of high level commanders stationed in the Pacific, e.g. Chester Nimitz, Jr. and George Patton IV. Also General Edward Timberlake (1914*) (see "Patrick W. Timberlake; all three brothers were Generals), Colonel "Red Reeder ('20*) (his brother Frederick Reeder ('25*) was an Admiral), Donald Booth, and General Walter Johnson '(22*), all of whom graduated from "West Point, and all of whom had important "World War II commands. Admiral Grant Sharp '(56) and Admiral Stephen Clarey ('58) had fathers who would become "Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. General Stephen Fuqua, Jr.'s ('28*) father was Chief of Infantry and Colonel Wallace Greene III's ('50) father was "Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The school can claim at least fifteen Brigadier Generals, eleven Major Generals, six Lieutenant Generals, thirteen Rear Admirals, and three Vice Admirals. Stanley Larsen was the first commander of the "Field Force, Vietnam and commander of the "Sixth United States Army. Ross Dwyer was commander of the "1st Marine Division and George Cantlay was commander of the "2nd Armored Division. Donald Booth was commander of the "Fourth United States Army. Kleber Masterson, Jr. commanded the "United States Second Fleet. Admiral "Thomas H. Copeman III ('77) was "Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific and "Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic.
Colonel Farrant Turner ('13), Major Alex McKenzie ('29), and Major John Johnson ('31) commanded the "Nisei "100th Infantry Battalion, a.k.a. the ""Purple Heart Battalion." Johnson was "Killed in Action at the "Battle of Monte Cassino. The destroyer "USS Chung-Hoon is named after Punahou football star, Gordon Chung-Hoon, who survived the attack on the "Arizona (BB-39).
"West Point graduates Generals "Albert Lyman (1906*) and "Charles Lyman (1908) were the first ethnic Hawaiians to attain that rank. General C. B. Stewart ('30) was a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and General Frances Mossman ('50) has her J.D. Admiral Alma Lau (Grocki) ('77) was a member of the 2nd "Naval Academy class to admit women.
Many Punahou teachers in its history have been military reservists or ex-military. Former computer and math teacher Henry Wells Lawrence was one of the first pilots to respond to the "Attack on Pearl Harbor.
"Hiram Bingham III's 2010 biography calls him A Real Life Indiana Jones. Some of his other biographies appeared in 1968, 1984, 1989, and 2000.
"Elbert Tuttle was an Unlikely Hero to one biographer, was Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution to another, and was the Quiet Civil Rights Revolutionary on NPR. PBS's Uncommon American was "John Gardner. "Samuel Armstrong has been called The Educator of the Disenfranchised. Armstrong was included in a 1927 collection called Reminiscences of Present-Day Saints and his biographies span 100 years. "Booker T. Washington's autobiography asserts that Armstrong was "Christ-like" and "a perfect specimen of man, physically, intellectually, and morally."
"Michelle Wie had a biography in 2005, two in 2006, two in 2007, again in 2008, 2009, and 2011, plus segments of "60 Minutes in 2004 and 2006.
Robert Alexander Anderson's ('12) story is told in "The Dawn Patrol. Ted Withington ('40) had his letters published as Flight to Black Hammer. "Charlie Wedemeyer's ('65) story is told in the "Emmy-award winning film Quiet Victory. "John Kneubuhl's story was a documentary film. "Pierre Omidyar had biographies in 2006 and 2007. "Joan Blondell has a 2007 biography. "Buster Crabbe has a 2008 biography. "James Michener's "Hawaii (novel) and "Hawaii (film) portray the historical acts of "Lorrin A. Thurston (1875), "Sanford Dole, "Hiram Bingham I, "Henry Baldwin (1891), and "Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (1889) in the transition from monarchy to US territory (Dole has biographies from 1957 and 1988, Prince Kuhio from 1974 and 1980; "Princess Kaiulani (film) shows Dole and Thurston).
Amazon.com lists several hundred biographies related to "Barack Obama written in the past decade.
In 2007, "Cox Enterprises passed to two former Punahou students who are highly philanthropic like their mother "Barbara Cox Anthony, who twice married Punahou alumni; daughter, Blair Kennedy ('68*), a former schoolteacher, is now the second wealthiest woman in Australia; son, "James C. Kennedy ('65*), was Atlanta's philanthropist of the year 2007, and 61st on the "Forbes 400 list 2012. "Charles Gates, Jr. ('39) has donated $147M through his Gates Family Foundation (Gates last appeared on the "Forbes 400 list in 2006). As mentioned above, the philanthropic founders of "AOL and "eBay were Punahou students, with both still listed on the 2012 "Forbes 400. "USA Today reported that "Pierre Omidyar's ('84*) total charitable contributions exceeded one billion U.S. dollars.
"Charles L. Veach ('62) was an astronaut on two shuttle missions.
"Nancy Cordes ('91) is a CBS News congressional correspondent.
Punahou students were crowned "Miss Hawaii or "Miss Hawaii USA in 1977, 1981, 1997, 1999, and 2004 (with "Judi Anderson ('76) becoming "Miss USA and "Brook Mahealani Lee ('89*) becoming "Miss Universe).
Punahou students appear across the political spectrum, from "Ronald Reagan's "favorite economist" and former "Enron board member "Wendy Lee Gramm ('62); Ryan Henry ('68) and Robert Silberman ('75), Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Assistant Secretary of the Army, respectively, for "George H. W. Bush; to centrist "Ray Schoenke ('59*), a former Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor who founded the "American Hunters and Shooters Association (an alternative to the "National Rifle Association); to "Jerry Berman ('58), chief counsel of the "ACLU.
Ellery Chun ('27) invented the "Aloha Shirt.
Oʻahu a, Oʻahu a
Punahou, our Punahou;
Mau a Mau, oh mau a mau,
Punahou, our Punahou.
Throughout the years we've shown our light,
We glory in Oʻahu's might;
The Buff and Blue's a glorious sight,
Punahou, our Punahou.
The song is sung to the tune of "Maryland, My Maryland also known as "O Tannenbaum". The spelling is from the original words to "Oahu A" written in 1902 by a student.["citation needed]
Ready? Hit it!
Strawberry Shortcake, Huckleberry PiePunahou, Punahou, Yes, Yes, Yes!
V — I — C — T — O — R — Y
Are We In It? Well I Guess!
This cheer is typically shouted by the marching band and cheerleaders at Punahou, at events such as football games and other sports activities and gatherings following the alma mater.
Punahou doesn't have an official mascot. The symbol that perhaps most closely qualifies as a school mascot is the "hala tree, whose image is used in the school's seal. Fans often refer to athletic teams as the "Sons of Oahu", or "Buff & Blue" (It was in 1890 that the colors buff and blue officially became Punahou's school colors depicting the hues of the sand and the sea. Back in 1890, long before the development of high-rises and hotels in Waikiki, all that was visible in the distance from the top of Punahou's campus was the buff-colored sand and blue-colored sea of Waikiki Beach which is probably why the colors buff and blue were chosen.)
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