Today’s the day!

Today’s the day that the former Punahou School student pictured below gets sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

Barack "Barry" Obama in 6th grade at Punahou.

Barack "Barry" Obama in 6th grade at Punahou.

A couple of weeks ago there was a great article in the Washington Post about Obama and Punahou.  As the article mentions, at the end of the Obamas’ vacation in Hawaii last month, Barack went back to Punahou and shot hoops.

Obama started at Punahou, which runs from K-12, in 5th grade and graduated in 1979. (I trailed him by three years and remember him as one of the cool seniors when I was a freshman.)

The Punahou Marching band will even be part of today’s inauguration ceremony, playing “Men of Punahou” and “Aloha Oe.”  I heard on the radio that the brass section was practicing for the cold conditions by putting their mouth pieces in the freezer overnight.

Godspeed Barry!

Pau for now…

2 Responses to Today’s the day!

  1. Phyllis Andrews says:

    Hi Barton,

    I am writing a children’s book about the life of Barack Obama. I’d like to know if I could have permission to use the two photos you have of him which are on your blog. One is at the Pencil Eater’s Convention and the other looks to be from about the same time frame. Obama is in the middle with his arms crossed. Please let me know what I must do to use these in my book.

    Thank you,
    Phyllis Andrews


  2. Phyllis,

    You would need to check with Punahou School in Hawaii These pictures came from the Punahou lower school year book (the Na Opio)from 1973.



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