Alumni Travel Program

Punahou alumni value curiosity, conversation and critical thought, and strive to be lifelong learners. The new Punahou Alumni Travel Program extends these core values by providing an opportunity to gain global perspective and connect across cultures. With exciting destinations as their backdrop, alumni from all parts of the world can enjoy the company of old and new friends, and bond through shared experience.

Travel operators are carefully selected for their ability to provide context and creativity to each itinerary, ensuring a high-quality, unforgettable trip.



Peru: In the Footsteps of Hiram Bingham III

Travel dates: September 22 – 29, 2018

Mystical Peru has been the epitome of adventure travel since Machu Picchu was reintroduced to the world by Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Bingham attended Punahou from 1883 – 1892 and was the grandson of Hiram Bingham, one of the first Calvinist missionaries to step foot in the Hawaiian Islands. This custom expedition, specifically created for Punahou alumni and led by a bilingual guide, retraces Bingham’s steps from Cusco all the way to The Lost City of the Incas. Filled with rich cultural and historical heritage, stunning archaeological sites and endless views of the massive Andes, Peru never fails to exceed the expectation of every traveler.

The eight-day expedition highlights the primary cultural sites and experiences in the region, as well as Peru’s world-renowned culinary scene. The highlight of the trip is a ride aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham Train to the dramatic landscape of Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to a once-in-a-lifetime location!


The Italian Renaissance

Travel dates: November 3 – 12, 2017

The Italian Renaissance has held sway over the western imagination for centuries, forming the foundations of any humanities education. This exclusive experience for Punahou alumni in November 2017 was led by Dr. Sean Nelson ’99. The 10-day VIP trip through Rome, Florence and Venice offered travelers special-access visits to some of Italy’s most famous sites – Sistine Chapel, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Florence Duomo Terraces – in the quiet privacy of our alumni group.

Travel Blog

  • The views from the Grand Canal on our first day in Venice were superb as our group got to know our last stop on the 10-day tour.

    Alumni Travel: Venice

    November 12, 2017

    We're off to Venice on a high speed train, and we have absolutely no doubt that our tour guides are going to surprise us again. We are in unanimous agreement that this has already been the trip of a lifetime.

  • Incredible food, wine and Punahou friends, all at the stunning Castello di Verrazzano in Tuscany. What an afternoon!

    Alumni Travel: Florence

    November 9, 2017

    In Florence, we hit the ground running. After settling into our elegant riverfront hotel, the Luchessi, we hoofed it on a guided tour through the narrow, charming streets to explore one of the city's greatest treasures – the Cathedral complex and the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore Novella.

  • Dr. Sean Nelson ’99 provides insight on the earliest days of ancient Rome in an introductory lecture prior to a full day of sightseeing.

    Alumni Travel: Rome

    November 5, 2017

    Did you know Michelangelo originally turned down the job to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel because he thought of himself a sculptor rather than a painter? Luckily for us, Julius II finally talked him into it.



Douglas Rigg '84
Director of Alumni Relations
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