Features

  • Ku‘u Punahou: Fall Update

    Fall 2017

    With a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou is the first comprehensive campaign undertaken in the School’s history to simultaneously support growth in three areas: People, Place and Purpose.

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  • Learning Commons Leaders

    Pat Quilter ’64

    Fall 2017

    Music has been a part of Pat Quilter’s ’64 life from an early age. He remembers spending hours listening to records as a child, together with his younger brother, Matt ’67. While Matt went on to become the professional musician in the family, it was Pat who combined his interest in music with a knack for invention to experiment with building guitar amplifiers in the ’60s and ’70s.

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  • Learning Commons Leaders

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes

    Fall 2017

    Marcia Reed ’54 Wythes experienced Punahou at one of its most unusual historical moments and still credits the School with providing an outstanding education that continues to inspire her today. She arrived as a kindergartner in 1941, only months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers’ takeover of campus for the duration of World War II.

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  • Junior School Learning Commons

    A 3-D Journey

    Fall 2017

    Last spring, Punahou students from grades 4 – 11 created an interactive, virtual model of the Junior School Learning Commons by harnessing augmented reality technology. The project was led by Malia Kiang ’18 and Carson Loughridge ’22, who handled the production and programming, respectively.

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  • Faculty Corner: Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology Department

    Fall 2017

    We asked some of the members of the Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology (D-MET) department to describe the type of learning that the K – 12 Learning Commons will facilitate. Each of them works with students in multiple grade levels, helping to incorporate the design-thinking process and applied learning into a variety of courses, from middle-school shop to ninth-grade biology to art and engineering.

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  • Summer Travel Course Blog

    Fall 2017

    Explore Alaska, Bhutan, New Zealand and Japan through the eyes of students who traveled across the globe with one of these Wo International Center’s summer travel courses.

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  • PUEO Alumni Return for the Summer

    Fall 2017

    Partnership in Unlimited Educational Opportunities, or PUEO, is a 7-year program that offers a variety of courses at Punahou to some of Hawai‘i’s public school students. Enjoy this student-produced video which follows several PUEO graduates who returned to campus this summer as teaching assistants for the program.

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  • Awards and Accolades

    Junior School, Academy and Athletics

    Summer 2017

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  • Aloha and Mahalo

    Celebrating 581 Years of Service

    Summer 2017

    The Punahou ‘ohana bids farewell to 20 colleagues who retired in the 2016 – 2017 school year. These tributes are based on interviews with the honorees, their supervisors and colleagues, and were written by Rachel Breitweser ’03, Camila Chaudron ’08 and Scott Osborn ’94.

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  • Last Day of School at Kosasa Community

    Summer 2017

    Second- and third-graders celebrate the completion of their first year in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community in this heartwarming video.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: Spring Update

    Spring 2017

    We are now officially in year two of the public phase of Ku‘u Punahou – the Campaign for Punahou School. Mahalo to the 10,024 donors who have already helped us make significant advances in teaching and learning, from major expansion in our endowment to support student financial aid, to the ongoing construction of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: Seeing Possibility, Building Solutions

    Carlton ’92 and Cindy Yuen

    Spring 2017

    For Carlton ’92 and Cindy Yuen, Punahou is a place where possibility becomes reality. Carlton experienced how the School nurtures potential both in his own life and now, in the lives of his children.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: A Gift of Hope and Expectation

    Chris ’67 and Monica Mamiya ’77 McLaren

    Spring 2017

    For Chris ’67 and Monica Mamiya ’77 McLaren, Punahou has shaped their lives in so many ways that the school is inextricably part of who they are. The two first met as teachers in the Junior School, where Monica taught first, second, fourth and fifth grade for 28 years and Chris taught fourth grade for 12 years.

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  • Mahalo from Students

    Online Bonus Content

    Spring 2017

    In this video, second- and third-graders express their gratitude for Kosasa Community and share what they love most about their new home.

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  • Japanese Language Textbooks

    Online Bonus Content

    Spring 2017

    Almost thirty years ago, Japanese language faculty Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo initiated a project to develop textbooks for their Japanese language classes. Those textbooks have become the No.1 bestselling textbooks for Japanese language high-school classes throughout the U.S.

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  • Punahou Connect

    Spring 2017

    The Punahou Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to join Punahou Connect, an online professional community, mentoring program and job board for Punahou School alumni.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: Mauka to Makai Match

    Winter 2016

    The Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community was named in honor of the parents of its lead donors, Dr. Thomas ’63 and Mi Kosasa, and his siblings Paul, Susan and Gloria ’68 Gainsley.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: Reunion Giving

    Winter 2016

    Each year, over 5,000 alumni celebrate their Class Reunion. It is not only a time to reconnect with classmates, but also allows for reflection and appreciation of treasured memories of their time at Punahou. With gratitude for past experiences, many alumni join the celebration by making a gift to the School on behalf of their class.

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  • Class of 2016 Academic and College Choice Profile

    Winter 2016

    Each winter, we publish the college choices of our last graduating class in the printed Bulletin. In addition, we also share some data on the exemplary scholarship of our students, whose diversity of interests and talents at Punahou are always supported by a foundation of solid academic performance when measured by national standards.

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  • Punahou’s Water Supply

    Online Bonus Content

    Winter 2016

    Did you know Punahou pumps its own water for use on campus? That’s up to 160,000 gallons of water on a typical school day sup- plied from the spring of Ka Punahou.

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  • An Inspiring Start to the School Day

    Online Bonus Content

    Winter 2016

    Students in K – 1 Omidyar Neighborhood come together at the start of every school day to present an oli (Hawaiian chant) to their teachers, expressing gratitude for all they do.

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  • Student Tutors Help Fellow Classmates Excel

    Online Bonus Content

    Winter 2016

    Be inspired by this student-produced video of Academy students helping their class- mates become more confident learners through tutoring.

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  • Punahou Connect

    Winter 2016

    The Punahou Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations proudly announce the launch of Punahou Connect, an online professional community, mentoring program and job board for Punahou School alumni.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

    Fall 2016

    Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou: The Campaign for Punahou School – The Life of the Land

    Fall 2016

    When Luanna Farden ’56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka‘aumoana McKenney ’83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy. Their contribution to the outdoor learning environments of the 2 – 5 community tells a story that connects Hawai‘i, rural Maine and traditional Polynesian navigation with an educational vision that empowers children to explore the natural world while grounding them in a love of their island home.

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  • Building A Wonderland

    Fall 2016

    Watch two years of work condensed into two minutes in a time-lapse video of the construction of the new Kosasa Neighborhood.

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  • A Conversation Between Astronaut and Navigator

    Fall 2016

    View video of the historic three-way satellite conversation linking students with astronaut Lacy Veach ’62 on Space Shuttle Columbia and navigator Nainoa Thompson ’72 on the Hokule‘a in the Pacific Ocean which took place in 1992.

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  • 175th Anniversary Year Video

    Summer 2016

    Relive the excitement of the School’s anniversary in this highlight video.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou – The Power of Promise

    Summer 2016

    Launched this past February, Ku‘u Punahou is a comprehensive campaign to transform teaching and learning at Punahou in the years to come. With three areas of focus — People, Place and Purpose — and a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou invites each of us to help reimagine the future of education.

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  • Aloha and Mahalo

    Celebrating 480 Years of Service

    Summer 2016

    The Punahou ‘ohana bids farewell to 19 colleagues who retired in the 2015 – 2016 school year.These tributes are based on interviews with the honorees, their supervisors and colleagues, and were written by Rachel Breitweser ’03, Susan Nakamura and Scott Osborn ’94.

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  • Ku‘u Punahou

    The Power of Promise

    Spring 2016

    “Punahou has launched this campaign to fulfill its aspirations for offering a great education to our students and encouraging them to pursue successful lives of inspiration and purpose. This is a time when the field of education is going through significant changes, as is the world our children are entering. Ku‘u Punahou will enable our school to fulfill its potential as an educational thought leader and partner in Hawai‘i and beyond,” notes Scott.

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  • Happy Birthday, Punahou

    You’re Invited

    Spring 2016

    Join us for a festive 175th Birthday Party celebration on the Academy Quad.

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  • The 175th Year Marches On

    Spring 2016

    On Jan. 1, 2016, the Punahou marching band, complete with color guard and hula dancers, celebrated the School’s 175th anniversary and proudly represented Hawai‘i in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. This was the School’s fourth appearance in the parade, the last in 2007.

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  • A Surf Odyssey

    Q&A with Writer-In-Residence William Finnegan

    Spring 2016

    Wiry, cracking jokes and captivating his audience with a freewheeling conversational style that befits decades spent hunting stories in troubled spots across the globe, William Finnegan seems game for anything. Today he’s itching to ride the North Shore swells, unfazed by danger after 60-plus years. But a hectic schedule has forced him to make do with the waters off Diamond Head, the site of some of his earliest surfing exploits.

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  • Punahou in 50 Objects

    Carnival Lei Haku (1972)

    Spring 2016

    For the month leading up to Carnival, families from all over Hawai‘i donate flowers from their yards and volunteers gather for many Saturdays in advance to prepare lei haku. The month-long process of learning to make the lei, and the beautiful finished product, is rightfully one of the favorite annual traditions of the Punahou Carnival.

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  • Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood

    A Place to Wonder and Explore

    Spring 2016

    The Punahou campus is an incredible place for students to learn about their community, and the world around them. Everyone is always trying to be more sustainable. Although there is a lot of excitement with the new 2 – 5 studio classrooms, we must not forget another place on campus that is also very sustainable. That place is Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.

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  • Class of 2015 Academic and College Choice Profile

    Winter 2015

    Each winter, we publish the college choices of our last graduating class in the printed Bulletin. In addition, we also share some data on the exemplary scholarship of our students, whose diversity of interests and talents at Punahou are always supported by a foundation of solid academic performance when measured by national standards.

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  • What Is the Face of Financial Aid at Punahou?

    Separating Myth from Reality

    Fall 2015

    As one of the most selective private schools in Hawai‘i, Punahou’s admission policies have often been the object of curiosity or criticism. With tuition topping $22,000 this year and five applicants for every opening, access to Punahou has historically been perceived as out of reach for most families in Hawai‘i.

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  • Principals’ Blog

    Fall 2015

    As we step into our roles as Junior School and Academy principals, we are always striving to find new opportunities for our community to connect and share ideas. With the launch of our Principals’ Blog, we have created an online venue for us to reflect, together or as individuals, about the work we do at Punahou and our thinking about education on a broader scale.

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  • 175th Anniversary

    The Celebration has Begun

    Fall 2015

    A spirited Convocation ceremony kicked off 175th anniversary celebrations for students, faculty and staff on the first day of school. Commemorative banners decorate campus, celebratory events are taking place around the world, and students at all grade levels are exploring Punahou’s history through classroom activities.

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  • Ready to March

    Fall 2015

    Punahou School’s marching band has been selected to participate in the 127th Rose Parade, one of only 20 marching bands in the world that will perform at America’s New Year Celebration in Pasadena, California.

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  • Don’t Miss the Challenge of a Lifetime

    Fall 2015

    Punahou’s goal is to cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. You can help us get there.

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  • Punahou in 50 Objects

    Song Card (1948)

    Fall 2015

    “Fight On,” “Come Join the Band,” “Cheer Boys Cheer,” “Go! Punahou,” “When the Buff and Blue Hold Sway.” Know any of these songs? How about the classic “O‘ahu a?” Well, if you were a Punahou student in the mid-20th century, chances are you knew the lyrics to these songs and many more. And if you happened to forget a line or two, you could take out your trusty “Punahou Songs and Yells” book and check.

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  • Building A Praiseworthy Financial Aid Program

    Fall 2015

    Aristotle must have been a financial aid administrator. He once said that “to give away money is an easy matter and in every man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose, is neither an easy matter nor in any man’s power. Hence it is that such excellence is rare, praiseworthy, and noble.”

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  • 175th Anniversary

    Join in the Celebration Wherever You Are

    Summer 2015

    In 2016, Punahou will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding. The festivities kick off at the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year and the entire Punahou community is invited to join in the yearlong celebration.

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  • Aloha & Mahalo

    Celebrating 247 Years of Service

    Summer 2015

    We bid a fond aloha to 8 colleagues who retired from Punahou this year.

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  • Aloha to our Outgoing Principals

    Summer 2015

    The Punahou ‘ohana bids a fond aloha to two School leaders: Dr. Kevin Conway has retired after leading the Academy for the past 15 years and Junior School Principal Dr. Mike Walker is taking on a new role as head of San Francisco Day School after 17 years at Punahou.

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  • Punahou in 50 Objects

    Centennial Medal (1941)

    Summer 2015

    This medal, created for Punahou’s centennial anniversary, was given to former Punahou parent Sara Fuller Hoddick. The School seal is featured on the front, and the inscription on the back reads: “Founded in 1841 by the American missionaries to the Sandwich Islands as a Christian school for their children and their children's children.”

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  • Punahou in 50 Objects

    Memorial Wall (1952)

    Summer 2015

    One of Punahou’s most emotionally evocative structures, the Memorial Wall, features four bronze plaques honoring the sons of Punahou who sacrificed their lives in four wars: World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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  • 2014 – 2015 at Punahou

    Video Highlights From Another Great Year

    Summer 2015

    From iconic Carnival and Alumni Lu‘au to a new home for grades 2 – 5 and our principals transition, relive some of the moments that made 2014 – 2015 so memorable.

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