Punahou is dedicated to honoring its Christian heritage in the midst of the school's ethnically and religiously diverse community. An emphasis on moral and spiritual education and development pervades Punahou and can be experienced in classrooms, through community service programs and Character Education, in Chapel worship and worship-related experiences, and in the school's ethos and daily life.

In partnership with the Trustees, faculty, staff and administrators, the Chaplains articulate and implement the mission of Punahou: to "develop moral and spiritual values consistent with the Christian principles on which Punahou was founded, affirming the worth and dignity of each individual" and to "appreciate cultural diversity and develop social responsibility."

Celebrating 50 Years

Thurston Memorial Chapel serves as the spiritual heart of Punahou. Designed by architect Vladimir Ossipoff, the Chapel was built in 1966 and dedicated in January 1967. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, Punahou celebrates the 50th anniversary of the chapel.

Read the spring 2017 Punahou Bulletin feature celebrating the Chapel's anniversary.


Chapel services are held each cycle encompassing grades K – 12. Attendance is mandatory. Punahou's Chaplains conduct services which range from child-centered expressions planned by students to more multidimensional services addressing a broad range of topics and worship styles. Chapel services bring people of different religious, family and ethnic backgrounds together in an affirmation of common humanity, quest for meaning and a call to make a difference in God's world.

Alumni and parents are encouraged to visit any of the regularly scheduled student chapel services. Special chapels, such as Kupuna Day, Memorial Day, Christmas and Spring Programs are memorable and inspiring for all who attend. 

Character Education

Punahou's integrated Character Education Program is designed to help create an environment where students can grow socially and spiritually, as well as intellectually. The program emphasizes a different value each month, in a two year cycle. More


The 500-seat chapel is used for Chapel Program services, school performances and faculty and staff meetings. The chapel area also includes a "roundhouse" classroom, an open courtyard and chaplains' offices.

For alumni and employees, the chapel and its staff are available upon request for weddings, memorial services, blessings, baptisms and counseling.


Punahou's three full-time Chaplains have important roles in the community's spiritual life. In addition to leading Chapel and the Character Education Program, they are also called upon to teach or guest lecture in classes, and are integral in the development of community service programs.

Chaplains are not asked by the School to participate in disciplinary decisions. Students, faculty, staff and parents may thus discuss School or personal issues as well as spiritual concerns knowing that these matters will be kept confidential.


Chapel Office
808.944.5720 Tel
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 



Josh Hayashi


Lauren Medeiros


George Scott


Chandra Peters
Administrative Coordinator
808.943.3609 Tel


Ann Nishimura
Administrative Assistant