Student selection is based on academic and non-academic considerations. Admission criteria include scholastic performance, test scores, and reports of demonstrated talents and interests. Characteristics, such as initiative, independence, responsibility, self-discipline and creativity are desirable traits. Students willing to reach and push themselves to their limits are those most likely to benefit from a Punahou education. Faculty and administration share the responsibility for student selection.
Special consideration is given to qualified candidates who are: children of alumni, faculty or staff or of Hawaiian descent; descendants of Punahou's missionary founders; or siblings of enrolled students. Admission, however, is not automatic for applicants in those categories.
All decision letters go out the same day.
Decision letters for the 2017 – 2018 school year are mailed by:
- Kindergarten – Grade 5 mailed by 4/21/17
- Grades 6 – 12 mailed by 3/24/17
The decision dates allow for compliance with the common reply dates of the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools.
A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon enrollment. The full amount is credited toward tuition.
Post-decision conferences may be scheduled by calling the Admission Office at 808.944.5714 or 808.944.5715, according to the date suggested in the decision letter.