Top Stories

  • President's Desk

    Why Financial Aid is an Educational Imperative

    When I returned to Punahou as president in 1994, I described to the trustees, faculty and staff the kind of school I want to serve. Among other things, I cited a need-blind* admission policy that would ensure qualified students access to a Punahou education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Expanding financial aid has been an institutional priority for me.

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  • Features

    What Is the Face of Financial Aid at Punahou?

    Separating Myth from Reality

    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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  • Features

    Principals’ Blog

    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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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Faculty Benefit From Summertime Professional Development

    While all teachers spend time over the summer reflecting on the successes and challenges from the past academic year, many also take the opportunity to continue their professional development. Educators gathered and learned from their peers and leaders in the field at several events organized by Professional Programs at Punahou this July and August.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Punahou Wins CASE Educational Fundraising Award

    Punahou has received an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the School’s overall fundraising performance. The Educational Fundraising Award honors “exemplary fundraising programs and activities,” wrote CASE President Sue Cunningham in a letter to Punahou President Jim Scott ’70.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    2016 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

    Twenty-one students from Punahou’s senior class were selected as 2016 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists given their high placement on the Preliminary SAT, a national exam. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the country, and Punahou’s merit scholar contenders represent nearly one-third of the total Semifinalists in the state.

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  • Buff 'n Blue Journal

    Aloha Mai Kakou

    Volunteers are vital to a thriving school community, and Punahou is grateful to the many individuals who provide their time, expertise and resources to key organizations. Punahou welcomes new incoming presidents for the Parent Faculty Association, the Punahou Alumni Association and Punahou O-Men, and welcomes back the returning president of Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou.

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  • Features

    175th Anniversary

    The Celebration has Begun

    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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  • Features

    Ready to March

    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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  • Alumni Profiles

    Lesley Brey ’77

    Generations of Learning and Giving

    Lesley Brey’s daughter came home one afternoon with an anxious look on her face and asked, “Mom, were you a bad student when you were at Punahou?” Brey’s Punahou years flashed through her mind. She recalled the mostly good grades, a great group of friends and, then, that night they “broke” into the ROTC building.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Doug Kilpatrick ’57

    A Lifetime of Paying It Forward

    Doug Kilpatrick refers to himself as a “small-time independent business developer.” A little probing finds that “small-time” encompasses 22 countries in 40 years – work that has included starting shrimp farms in China, developing pre-cast plants in Saudi Arabia and selling equipment in Nigeria. This industrious businessman has created several successful enterprises, but more importantly, a lifetime of rich, personal experiences.

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  • Alumni Profiles

    Jasmine Zhang ’02 and Linda Zhang ’08

    A World-Class Education

    Despite living on different continents, Jasmine and Linda Zhang are in sync – both are grateful for their parents’ sacrifices and proud of their Chinese and Hawaiian heritage.

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  • Final Say

    Learning Through Service in the Arctic Circle

    As a member of the Capstone Arctic trip, I, along with 15 other rising seniors and two chaperones, embarked on a five-week journey of Hawaiian and Native Alaskan cultural exchange to examine the effects of global warming in Alaska and deepen our understanding of service learning.

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  • Final Say

    A Transformative Trip to the Arctic

    The Capstone Arctic trip was a life-changing experience. Everyone in our group gained a wider sense of the world after being exposed to a culture quite different from our own. A truly transformational moment for our small group of sixteen was the time we were preparing for the Nalukataq festival in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States.

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  • Features

    Don’t Miss the Challenge of a Lifetime

    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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  • Donor Profiles

    Mighty ’90 Rally for the Tally

    Many 2015 alumni reunion classes surpassed their fundraising and participation goals, but none more conclusively than the close-knit Class of 1990 – or what Wyeth Matsubara ’90 calls the “crazy cool, weird, goofball, swagness” of the lovingly dubbed “Mighty ’90.”

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  • Features

    Punahou in 50 Objects

    Song Card (1948)

    “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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  • Global Ed

    Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI)

    Students’ Solutions for Global Issues

    At the Student Global Leadership Institute, students are asked to look at ways they might solve some of the world’s most pressing issues by researching and creating their own unique projects around a universal theme, and then spending the next nine months implementing it back home.

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  • Features

    Building A Praiseworthy Financial Aid Program

    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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