The Outdoor Education
program at Punahou immerses students in experiences that fit within a mindful
progression of K – 8 outdoor education experiences. These are designed to:
the changing needs of children and the world around them
and enhance the School’s inquiry-based curriculum goals
students in age-appropriate, memorable experiences that enhance a sense of
place, both local and global
a foundation of self-confidence, independence, awareness, exploration and
inspiration by challenging the body and mind
them physically, mentally and spiritually to Hawaiian culture
them to form a meaningful relationship with the natural world
grade level experiences include:
nature hikes and explorations of the living, natural world through gardens and
on-campus green spaces
evening trip to the Honolulu Zoo and `Ualaka`a trail hike
Hawaiian studies trip to Kualoa Beach Park
“Adventure Week” exploration experiences
- Fifth-grade landmark
trip to Hawai‘i island
- Sixth-grade four-day
Camp Timberline experience
combination of three off-campus experiences at Waimanalo, Kualoa/Hakipu`u and
- Eighth-grade retreat at Camp Mokuleia; a
culminating event before entering high school strongly built around values
education and bonding experience.
Specific connections are
reinforced through these grade-level learning experiences, including: student-to-student,
student-to-teacher, grade-level-to-school and school-to-environment.
Ultimately, the program aims to build a deep connection to the natural world as a key step in developing students who care about the earth, are effective stewards of our natural resources, and are equipped to take action towards global sustainability.
In the Academy, outdoor education experiences are integrated into specific courses across a variety of departments, as well as the two-day Camp Kuleana experience offered to all incoming freshmen.