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New Endowed Financial Aid Fund Honors Nainoa Thompson '72
Inspired by the courage and leadership of master navigator Nainoa Thompson '72, a new financial aid fund was established on Sept. 15, 2017, by Franklin Tokioka Sr. '54, Colbert and Gail Morikawa '81 Matsumoto, and the Island Insurance Foundation.
Ongoing Professional Growth Through Reflection
In their sixth year and every five years thereafter, Punahou Academy teachers participate in a Haku year, in which they reflect on their teaching practices as part of ongoing professional development. Teachers investigate a topic of their choice that has both curricular and personal importance.
Ku'u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.

Embracing the Punahou Journey
Star Dahl-Thurston '16

Star Dahl-Thurston '16 is not afraid to be her own person. As a finalist in the Damon Speech contest, class president her sophomore year, or a teaching assistant in the after-school Chinese language immersion program at Wo International Center, Dahl-Thurston projects a confidence, warmth and curiosity that allow her bright personality to shine.

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