Punahou offers an exceptional education that prepares students to thrive in college and in life. The tradition of academic excellence and innovation is reflected in the classroom, where students delve into inquiry-based projects and thrive in a teaching environment designed to nurture the individual child. On a campus with world-class facilities built to support a child’s learning and development, the wide diversity of opportunity in academics, athletics and the arts enables students to pursue their own interest and passions.

Consider applying your child to Punahou. 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.

Applying for 2016 – 2017

Although the standard points of entry are at Kindergarten and grades 4, 6, 7 and 9, 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. 

All deadlines have passed. For late inquiries, contact the Admission Office.

Grade(s) Openings Apply By
Kindergarten 150 10/15/15
Grades 1 – 3 Based on withdrawals;
wait-pooled applicants only
Grade 4 50 10/31/15
Grade 5 Based on withdrawals;
wait-pooled applicants only
Grade 6 88 11/15/15
Grade 7 80 11/15/15
Grade 8 Based on withdrawals 11/15/15
Grade 9 72 11/15/15
Grades 10 – 12 Based on withdrawals 11/15/15


Kindergarten applicants for 2016 – 2017 must have been born within the following dates:

  • Boys: June 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 
  • Girls: September 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011

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.


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