Admission to Punahou

Aloha and thank you for considering Punahou for your learning journey. Punahou offers an unmatched diversity of opportunity which allows for a personalized experience for students. High expectations supported by a caring and accomplished faculty allow students to cultivate personal passions and values to realize their individual promise.

Punahou students come from many different cultural and economic backgrounds, and as they grow, they prepare for a future that is increasingly global and collaborative, and connect to a community of Punahou students, past and present, who share the common experience of an uncommon education.

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Info about applying for 2018 – 2019

The standard points of entry are at Kindergarten and grades 4, 6, 7 and 9, although new students enter Punahou at all grade levels. In grades 1 – 3, 5, 8 and 10 – 12, the number of openings is contingent upon withdrawals. 

Grade(s) Openings Apply By
Kindergarten 150 10/15/17 deadline has passed. Late applications are now being accepted.
Grades 1 – 3 Based on withdrawals;
wait-pooled applicants only
Grade 4 50 10/31/17 deadline has passed. Late applications are now being accepted.
Grade 5 Based on withdrawals;
wait-pooled applicants only
10/31/17 deadline has passed. Late applications are now being accepted.
Grade 6 88 11/15/17
Grade 7 80 11/15/17
Grade 8 Based on withdrawals 11/15/17
Grade 9 72 11/15/17
Grades 10 – 12 Based on withdrawals 11/15/17


Kindergarten applicants for 2018 – 2019 must have been born within the following dates:

  • Boys: June 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 
  • Girls: September 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013

Grades 1 – 3 and 5

Testing for admission at these grade levels is offered only to applicants who are in the wait pool (those who qualified the previous year, but were not placed). Wait pool candidates must submit a new application and complete testing for the current application year.

Off-Island Applicants

Candidates outside O`ahu for grades K – 8 will be considered only if their parents will be living on O`ahu during the school year. Applicants for grades 9 – 12 may be admitted if they will be living with legal guardian(s) who agree to accept full host-parent responsibility for the students while they attend Punahou. Legal guardian responsibilities include having authority to act for or on behalf of the student in an emergency situation. The legal guardian(s) must have a notarized, written authorization from the student's parents.

All international applicants must have a good command of English and must be no older than eighteen years and nine months by September of their senior year. Punahou does not admit postgraduate students.

Apply to Punahou

Applications to Punahou School for the 2018 – 2019 school year are now being accepted. New for this year, all applications and supporting documents will be submitted online through Ravenna, a leading website for independent school admissions. 

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Admission Office
Sullivan Administration Building
808.944.5714 Tel
808.943.3602 Fax
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Betsy Hata
Director of Admission


Lon Wysard
Associate Director of Admission