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

  • 2017 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70
    Posted August 7, 2017

    In 2009, as you were approaching middle school, the national and local economy was in a tailspin. During that time of financial, personal, and professional uncertainty – when no one knew where the bottom might be during that economic free-fall – your parents and your families made a decision to keep you at Punahou – or to send you to Punahou. Many of you with the support of some financial assistance from the School.

  • President Jim Scott Announces Intent to Retire

    Posted May 2, 2017

    Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott announced today his intention to retire as president of Punahou School at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “It is with deep gratitude to Punahou School for my experience over the past 23 years,” said Scott, anticipating completing a 25-year tenure in 2019.

  • Our Compass During Uncertainty

    Posted March 30, 2017

    Our country has emerged from a national election that resulted in the current climate of ongoing political divisiveness and general uncertainty.