Punahou has this statement on it’s website regarding Obama’s historic victory:
Barack Obama ’79 Elected President of the United States
Punahou alumnus Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States in an historic election. As a first-term senator from Illinois, Obama’s candidacy has brought significant attention to Hawai‘i and to Punahou School.
In his acceptance speech, Senator Obama said, “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
Punahou School President James K. Scott today said, “This is a historic moment for America and the world, and for Hawai‘i. We are thrilled and honored that a Punahou School alumnus – and son of Hawai‘i – has been elected to serve as the next President of the United States. At Punahou School, our calling is to foster each student’s potential to reach his or her promise and effect meaningful change in society. President-elect Obama is an inspirational embodiment of that vision.”
Barack Obama was born in Hawai‘i and attended Punahou School beginning in the 5th grade, graduating in 1979.