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."
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.
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