Public Purpose

Punahou President James K. Scott often expresses his view on public purpose as "helping to move another person's life forward, helping someone else to reach their aspirations and to fulfill their full promise."

Punahou recognizes the responsibility it has to serve the community and strives to create educational change through a robust commitment to need-based financial aid, and through pioneering programs that reach out to both students and educators.

Financial Aid 

Punahou School maintains a long-standing commitment to provide need-based financial aid. The opportunity for qualified students to attend Punahou should not be limited by family financial circumstances. Financial need is determined by taking into account many factors including income, net worth, standard living expenses, family size, and the number of children attending tuition-charging schools. More

Aid is awarded by the Financial Aid Committee and is granted to students who have a demonstrated financial need and maintain a satisfactory school record of grades and citizenship.

The Clarence T. C. Ching PUEO Program

The PUEO program identifies students in neighboring public schools with high academic potential, but with low economic opportunity. The program aims to raise these students' aspirations and their preparation to enter, and complete, college. The program utilizes the facilities and human resources at Punahou for a seven-year educational experience of summer school classes, small group mentoring and academic year group activities. More

Lacy Veach Day

The annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery honors the life of the late Charles Lacy Veach, a 1962 Punahou graduate who served for fourteen years as a pilot in the US Air Force and went on to fly two NASA space shuttle missions. Each year on that day, about 400 public and private-school students and 200 parents from across the state convene on Punahou’s campus to participate in hands-on learning through a variety of science-based workshops, exhibits and demonstrations. More