Mission and Vision


To provide an environment where students can:

  • Develop moral and spiritual values consistent with the Christian principles on which Punahou was founded, affirming the worth and dignity of each individual. 
  • Develop intellectual, academic and physical potential to the fullest degree, preparing them for college and for challenges facing them now and in the future. 
  • Develop and enhance creativity and appreciation of the arts. 
  • Appreciate cultural diversity and develop social responsibility.


  1. Cultivate an enlightened, dynamic and attentive learning environment in which each Punahou student is given the opportunities and encouragement to reach their potential.
  2. Attract, nurture and retain a knowledgeable, dedicated and inspiring faculty. Foster a schoolwide culture of innovation and renewal.
  3. Ensure financial access to a Punahou education for every admitted and continuing Punahou student.
  4. Improve and sustain teaching and learning environments, and campus facilities to support Punahou’s mission and vision.
  5. Become a private school with a larger public purpose through a robust financial aid program and through meaningful partnerships with other schools and educators within Hawaii, the United States and the world.
  6. Balance Punahou’s educational vision and aspirations with its future financial sustainability through continued prudent growth and stewardship of financial resources.

Aims of a Punahou Education

  • To develop the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies characterized by high expectations; and through rich opportunities and experiences for exploration, growth, and mastery
  • To develop within each Punahou student the capacity for critical and creative thought, and skills for effective written and oral communication, inter-personal collaboration, quantitative reasoning, scientific inquiry, and a global perspective.To develop qualities of curiosity, resourcefulness, persistence, and resilience – ultimately becoming a confident, self-directed, lifelong learner
  • To help each Punahou student to see the inter-connections between their subjects, to integrate Hawaiian values and culture in ways that can extend and deepen their learning, to be able to think flexibly, to have a questioning attitude, to generate alternatives and possibilities, and to apply and adapt their learning to relevant issues and challenges
  • To foster within each Punahou student, personal and social responsibility by developing empathy and compassion, and by embracing diversity at all levels, while cultivating moral reasoning that leads to moral action, personal leadership, and engaged citizenship

From the President

  • 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.