From the President

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  • Broadening Our Definition of Success

    Posted December 23, 2016

    In presenting each Punahou graduating class their diplomas at Commencement, we typically describe their impressive achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and service to the community. The Punahou School Profile that accompanies a student’s transcript to colleges highlights the impressive concentration of academic talent within their graduating class.

  • He Au Hou – A New Time, a New Tide

    Posted September 28, 2016

    As we look at this year and to the years ahead, I hope we can build upon the momentum of our 175th anniversary celebration to continue to reach out, connect and engage our alumni across the world. This not only helps to formalize a valuable Punahou network for our future graduates, but it also helps us to imagine the next 25 years.

  • Our Wish for You

    Posted July 31, 2016

    Seniors, in a few moments you will be Punahou graduates! You are about to join the ranks of the tens of thousands of educated men and women who came before you, who have marched down the aisle and crossed the stage at their Punahou graduation to claim their diploma for the past 174 years.

  • 2016 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70
    Posted July 29, 2016

    Seniors, in presenting you for your diplomas, Dr. McCarren did not describe you as an impressive collection of individuals. Rather, she described you as an impressive graduating class. Certainly the evidence of your senior year and throughout your years here makes a case that you are one of the most accomplished Punahou graduating classes in recent memory. You also may be the most economically diverse.

  • New Paradigm for Education Puts Children at the Center of Learning

    Posted May 29, 2016

    As published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Education is at a crossroads. While educators have been anxiously watching the signs for some time, we are witnessing our graduates experience the reality of their education becoming irrelevant.

  • Ku‘u Punahou

    Posted March 22, 2016

    My Punahou is a place unlike any other in the world, with a rich history deeply rooted in Hawai‘i. It is the beautiful lands of the New Spring and the learning environments they have nourished for 175 years. It is a place that has nurtured generations of children as they grow into young adults ready to enter the world with confidence, passion and purpose.

  • A Welcome for New Citizens

    Posted March 8, 2016

    My fellow Americans! Each of you has worked hard to earn the right to hear those words, so I want to say them again: My Fellow Americans!

  • Creating a K — 12 Learning Commons

    Posted December 22, 2015

    A conversation about the future of Punahou’s libraries has recently expanded to include a broader view of the future of education, as well as the campus learning environment needed to support that vision.

  • Why Financial Aid is an Educational Imperative

    Posted October 26, 2015

    When I returned to Punahou as president in 1994, I described to the trustees, faculty and staff the kind of school I want to serve. Among other things, I cited a need-blind* admission policy that would ensure qualified students access to a Punahou education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Expanding financial aid has been an institutional priority for me.

  • Farewell to the Class of 2015

    Posted July 24, 2015

    Within a few minutes you will become Punahou graduates, joining the ranks of the educated men and women who came before you, who walked across a graduation stage to claim their diploma from the Punahou president, including the 30,000 Punahou alumni living in Hawai‘i and around the world.


Dr. James Kapae`alii Scott '70
President, 1994 – Present

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