From the Principals

1 2 3 >
  • Passion and Purpose

    Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted February 22, 2017

    Last week, all of our students K – 12 were treated to time in chapel with Carissa Moore, a graduate of the Punahou Class of 2010, and a three-time WSL Women's World Champion in surfing. I listened in as Carissa captivated her audience of second- and third-graders. Gentle and warm, Carissa delighted everyone by sharing a video clip that showed her as a first-grader talking about surfing for a class project that she did in Mrs. Kimura's class. I wondered, in that moment, if all the children in chapel might be seeing a little of themselves in Carissa, and a little of Carissa in themselves.

  • The Day After Election Day

    Emily McCarren
    Posted November 9, 2016

    As in many workplaces today, our faculty are experiencing a range of emotions. But unlike many workplaces, in schools teachers have to quickly shift from their own emotions and turn to wondering about how to do their best work in care of our students.

    Teachers wonder about this every day, but after such a contentious election season, that wonder is heightened.

  • Advice for Parents in the College Admissions Process

    Emily McCarren with Lisa Stewart
    Posted November 3, 2016

    Lisa Stewart is a dean for the Class of 2017 along with Ron Gould, and a parent from the Class of 2016. On Senior Parent night she shared her reflections on her journey with her daughter through the college admissions journey and offered her insights to current senior parents.

  • First Words

    Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted October 17, 2016

    I can never be too grateful for the way in which my days start. Invariably, they begin with a series of “Hi” and “Good morning”, which commence at the top of the Kosasa Neighborhood and accompany me all the way to my office in Castle. The regularity of this welcome moves me each and every time. From day to day it includes different children, of different ages, at different points along the way, yet it is consistently earnest, full of recognition and full of warmth. I can’t help but think that these greetings represent more than common courtesy. They reflect knowledge about connection, communication and community.

  • Challenge Success

    Emily McCarren
    Posted October 6, 2016

    Over the last year we have been working with an organization called Challenge Success. Paris and I have written a little about this amazing organization before. They are committed to helping schools improve learning environments such that they allow for deeper, more enduring and transferable learning, and that they keep kids healthy and well.

  • Relevant and Meaningful Learning

    Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted September 12, 2016

    The launch of the school year was characteristically steeped in anticipation – students looking forward to being reunited with their companions, teachers excited to meet their students, the campus poised for another year drenched in activity. But the opening of the Kosasa Neighborhood made this year's start extraordinary.

  • Truth, Rationality and Empathy

    Emily McCarren
    Posted August 25, 2016

    Today we welcomed students back to school with our traditional convocation on Alexander Field. This event gathers grades 2 – 12 together to launch the school year in earnest (the students in K – 1 have their own “keiki convocation” later in the day).

  • Presentation of the Class of 2016

    Emily McCarren
    Posted July 29, 2016

    Families, friends, faculty and staff, trustees of Punahou and Class of 2016, aloha and good evening. It is an honor to present the Class of 2016 on behalf of the faculty of Punahou School. Joining us tonight is Dr. Paris Priore-Kim representing our junior school faculty.

  • A Fifth-grader and an AP Environmental Science Class

    Emily McCarren
    Posted April 8, 2016

    There are so many benefits to being a K – 12 school. One of them was clear last month when a fifth-grader came to the Academy AP Environmental Science large group session (190 high-school students!) to share what he had learned in his biodiversity project about Harpy Eagles. As one of the AP Environmental Science teachers described, “The sharing was such a success! ...

  • Perspectives From Our Retreat

    Emily McCarren and Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted February 25, 2016

    The Punahou School Board of Trustees and members of the administrative team just spent the first part of the week in Palo Alto. The purpose of the retreat was for trustees to spend time with some of the educational thought leaders who have been helping our school understand the opportunities for school improvement and growth. This was a drinking-from-the-firehose immersion into educational thinking for our trustees, all of whom are experts in their diverse fields.


Emily McCarren
Academy Principal


Paris Priore-Kim
Junior School Principal