Punahou School

At the age of 10, in October, 1971, Barry "Saebarkah" Soetoro returned to Honolulu, Hawaii for good. He began the process of becoming an American and transitioned from "Barry" to "Barack." Prior to this Barry's education was catch-as-can, travelling between Hawaii and Jakarta, Indonesi, and abck and forth.

The Dunhams had enrolled "Barry Obama" in the prestigious Punahou School, starting in the fifth grade. He attended Punahou on a scholarship, through the generosity of many "unnamed donors" and the influence of Stanley Dunham's boss, who was a Punahou alum. Every day, Obama walked the five blocks from his grandparent's apartment on Beretania Street to the school.

With more than 3,000 students, Punahou Academy was the largest private school in the country and it sits on a lush, sprawling campus in Honolulu. The school is elite and wealthy. At school, Obama was surrounded by the island's richest and most accomplished students.

Grandpa Stanley was the driving force behind Barry being accepted at Punahou and he took Barry to Punahou for the entrance exams in 1971. He also accompanied Barry to Punahou on his first day of classes in January, 1972. Barry made friends quickly and told his classmates that his father was an African prince, the leader of a proud and successful people.

Obama's classmate and friend, Keith "Ray" Kakugawa, said, "Barry's biggest struggles then were missing his mother. His biggest struggles were his feelings of abandonment. Obama would write, "I didn't feel [her absence] as a deprivation, but when I think about the fact that I was separated from her, I suspect it had more of an impact than I know."

While at Punahou School, Obama turned into a disenchanted teenage rebel. Obama admits in "Dreams..." that during high school he frequently smoked marijuana, drank alcohol, even used cocaine occasionally.

Obama recalls that he had "been headed" to the status of "junkie" or "pothead", which he describes as "the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man". He recalls smoking "reefer" in the backs of his friends' vans, dorm rooms and "on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school."

Bryon Leong, a former classmate, remembers, "He was known as a partier, as a guy looking for a good time, but not much more." "There was pot in Hawaii in the 1970s, but it wasn't a big deal. He was known as "the Popolo kid." He and his buddy Keith Kakugawa were known as the campus drug dealers."