From the Principals

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  • Rankings: A convenient but worthless shortcut to measure educational efficacy

    Emily McCarren
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Maria Furtado, the Executive Director of Colleges that Change Lives Consortium, led another inspiring session I went to at NACAC 2017. This nonprofit organization represents 44 small liberal arts colleges that are not highly selective, but, as it sounds, are wonderful places to grow and learn. Maria's strategies for talking students and families out of seeing college rankings as important were excellent.

  • Making Caring Common

    Emily McCarren
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Last Thursday I flew to Boston to attend two days of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference. This is a really interesting professional organization because it includes professionals both at the K – 12 level and the University level. Throughout the two days, I was greeted with warm kindness from dozens of people because of the strong relationships that our college counselors, led by Myron Arakawa, have developed over the years in service of our students. ...

  • The Incomparable

    Class of 2017
    Posted August 7, 2017

    It is an honor to present the Class of 2017 on behalf of the faculty and staff of Punahou School. Many people have played important roles in the lives of these remarkable students seated behind me. Among them are the dedicated and talented faculty and staff of Punahou School. Thank you for all you have done for this class and all of our students.

  • Tuning into Global Harmony

    Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted April 10, 2017

    As young children, we are often introduced to diversity by way of global language in song. We learn the sounds of a language other than our own in association with musical tones, and before you know it, we are singing in a different tongue – learning to sing “Frères Jacques” would be the classic example. Earlier this semester, our students in the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood had a musical experience with children’s book author and songwriter John Farrell that not only introduced them to global languages ...

  • Report from the NAIS Annual Conference

    Emily McCarren
    Posted March 6, 2017

    A’ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka halau ho’okahi
    Not all knowledge is in one school

    This week a team from Punahou traveled to Baltimore for the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Groups of educators used the days before and after the conference to take advantage of the fact that people have traveled long distances to be in the same place, and it is often a time that people working on projects across schools enjoy the luxury of being in the same place at the same time. ...

  • Run, Race, Relax

    Paris Priore-Kim
    Posted March 3, 2017

    Amid the hive of energy that sweeps across the front of Castle Hall during recess – tetherballs spiraling, sneakered feet skipping and scampering, voices rising from the swarm around the 4-square court – a small pod of girls clustered in quiet conversation on one of the broad arms of the cement staircase. Two sat with their legs crossed to make room on the slab for the third to lie down. The reclining girl's head was cradled in the lap of one of the sitting girls, so that the sitting girl could give her friend a gentle temple massage. ...

  • 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.

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Emily McCarren
Academy Principal

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Paris Priore-Kim
Junior School Principal