Tuition and Payment

Punahou's tuition is partially underwritten by the income of the School's permanent endowment and from gifts of alumni, parents and friends to the Punahou Fund. Tuition costs are reviewed annually; Punahou's tuition is consistently at the low end of comparable national independent school costs.

Tuition for the 2017 – 2018 school year for Kindergarten – Grade 12 is $23,850.

What Tuition Covers

In addition to the broad curriculum and fully integrated access to technology, tuition also includes the following:

Grades K – 8

Tuition includes certain counseling costs, classroom supplies, manual arts and art courses, student government activities, publications, drama fees and field trip fees. A testing fee at each grade level is also included, covering all group testing. A book rental fee is included in grades K – 6. Na `Opio, the Junior School yearbook, is also included.

  • Grade 4 tuition includes the two-day, on-island exploration trip.
  • Grade 5 tuition includes a three-day exploration trip to the island of Hawai`i.
  • Grade 6 tuition covers the four-day Camp Timberline experience, part of the regular curriculum.
  • Grades 6 – 8 tuition includes admission to all regularly scheduled interscholastic contests in which Punahou is competing, a book locker, athletic locker and towel service.
  • Grade 8 tuition includes a three-day Camp Mokuleia experience, part of the regular curriculum

Lunches and snacks are not covered by tuition.

Grades 9 – 12

Tuition includes the Oahuan (the Academy yearbook), a monthly (roughly) copy of Ka Punahou (the Academy newspaper), the literary magazine Ka Wai Ola, admission to all regularly scheduled interscholastic contests in which Punahou is a competitor (with the exception of League and State championship events), towel service, athletic locker and book locker, activities support for events authorized by the student government, student admission to all dramatic productions except the Variety Show, certain counseling costs, and a group testing fee at appropriate grade levels, including College Boards for juniors.

Students in grade 12 take various tests, including Advanced Placement examinations, which are charged individually.

Lunches and snacks are not covered by tuition.


Upon a student's enrollment, the payment of tuition and fees for the full academic year is an unconditional obligation.

No portion of tuition or fees paid or outstanding will be refunded or cancelled notwithstanding the absence, withdrawal or dismissal of the child from Punahou School during the academic year. This obligation may be cancelled by notifying Punahou School in writing on or before June 30 preceding the school year that the child will not enroll.

Tuition is payable annually, by the semester, or monthly:

  • Annual payment is made in a single installment in July.
  • Semester payment is made in two installments, one in July and one in December.
  • Monthly payments are made in 10 installments beginning in July. An additional charge of $100 is made to cover handling costs. 

There is a charge of 1% per month on all unpaid student account balances at the end of each month. Parents are reminded the student will be charged to repair or replace all damage to property, deliberate or due to negligence. No senior will receive a diploma or detailed record of work at Punahou until the account is paid in full.

Tuition Insurance

Punahou offers a Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) which provides assistance in meeting a family's tuition obligations in case of withdrawal, dismissal or extended medical absence.

The TRP premium is $144 for the 2017 – 2018 school year, and is payable with the first tuition payment.

Participation in the TRP is required of families who choose the Monthly Payment Option, as well as families who receive financial aid. For further information, please contact:

Jill Kawano
Assistant Treasurer and Controller
808.944.5812 Tel
808.944.5773 Fax