Profiles

Vanessa Van Gorder ’95 Distajo

Vanessa Van Gorder ’95 Distajo, vice president of the Mānoa branch of Outdoor Circle, had a hunch that Kamānele Park in Mānoa Valley was not just another patch of green grass with a swing set on it.

Lee Zane ’88

Lee Zane ’88 credits much of his growth mindset to his experiences at Punahou where he played volleyball and basketball, and participated in Variety Show and marching band. But it was the people who inspired and propelled him.

Jane Beachy ’97

As ecosystem restoration program manager supporting the U.S. Army’s O‘ahu Natural Resources Program at Schofield Barracks, Jane Beachy ’97 is an environmental superhero whose target is invasive weeds.

Rachel Tina Horii ’87 Factor

So much about Rachel Tina Horii ’87 Factor’s life has changed since she converted to Judaism, that it can almost be divided into a “before” and an “after.”

Sumire Matsubara ’09

Some might say that Japanese pop star, fashion model and actress Sumire Matsubara ’09 was born to be an entertainer.

Marcus Oda ’05

It’s safe to say that most Punahou alumni don’t have work obligations that take them to Tajikistan with colleagues from the United Nations, but Marcus Oda ’05 admits that he has always been “internationally focused.”

Steve Case ’76

Best known as the co-founder, former chairman and CEO of American Online, Punahou Trustee Steve Case ’76 is a veteran entrepreneur, investor and pioneer of the web-based economy.

Amara Humphrey ’05

Named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs in 2016, problem-solver Amara Humphry ’05 is creating technological tools to revolutionize education in the 21st century.