Food Service

Punahou’s food services encompass the logistics of feeding over 3,600 students and 600 faculty and staff daily with a choice of offerings in the dining rooms and snack bar. The school continues its commitment to providing healthy food options with emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat, high-protein meats, locally grown meats and produce, a minimal amount of processed foods served, no artificial trans fats, no high fructose corn syrups and no deep-fat fried foods as well as sustainable choices in the operation of the cafeteria.

A menu is published monthly, sent to Junior School homerooms and posted in the Academy, as well as being posted online. The menu is subject to change.


Breakfast is available for all students from 7 – 8 a.m. Hot entrees, sandwiches, cold and hot cereals, milk, fruit juice, fresh fruit, hot chocolate, muffins and bread, a yogurt bar and acai bowls with fresh fruit, granola and honey are offered each morning. Breakfast continues in the Snack Bar for Academy students, grades 9 – 12, from 8 – 9:30 a.m.


Available daily for all students. Kindergarten – grade 1 students are served in the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood Community Room based on a prepaid lunch program at $650 for the year. Students in grades 2 – 5 are offered a plated lunch, including milk, for $4 on a daily basis. For grades 6 – 12, students choose from a la carte selections. All students in grades 2 – 12 have a choice of two entrees daily plus a salad bar. Payment may be made with cash or parents may choose to allow their child to charge meals, in which case an electromagnetic bar code will be affixed to the student ID card, enabling the student to use the card for lunch charges.

Kindergarten – Grade 1

Students are served lunches in the Community Room of the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood. Parents may choose prepared lunches for $650 for the year. Because of the special service, this meal option must be selected for the entire year. Alternatively, students may bring a home-prepared lunch each day. In addition, students are offered a healthy snack mid-morning.

Grades 2 – 6

Lunches are eaten in a supervised Dole Hall dining room whether they are purchased or brought from home.

For grades 2 – 5, the fixed rate for lunch, which includes an entrée, starch, vegetable, fresh salad or fruit and milk, is $4. Students in grades 2 – 5 are also provided a mid-morning juice. Students in grade 6 can bring home lunch or choose from the a la carte selections in the dining room.

Parents are encouraged to discuss the menu choices with their children on a regular basis. Children who bring their lunches from home may purchase milk.

Parents are also encouraged to pack snacks for students that attend co-curricular classes after school, so that they can stay energized throughout the afternoon. The Snack Bar will be open to students accompanied by an adult, should they need to purchase snacks to get them through until dinner. Students in grades 2 – 5 should not go to the Snack Bar unsupervised.

Grades 7 – 12

Lunches can be brought from home or students can choose from the a la carte selections in the dining room or from the snack bar. The dining room offers a hot meal with choices of entrée, starch, vegetable, fresh salad and fruit, beverage and dessert.

Grades 9 – 12

Students in high school do not have a set time period for lunch in their academic schedules. Various food services are available to them throughout the day as their breaks permit. Students are expected to respect their cafeteria by using courtesy and common sense in behavior, especially related to quantities of food selected, and to appropriately clean up lunch and snack materials. This is an expectation of all Punahou students.

Snack Bar

The snack bar is open from 8 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. offering a variety of cold food and snack items. Academy students can find breakfast selections from 8 – 9:30 a.m. and students in grades 6 – 12 can opt to buy their lunch in the snack bar. In addition to snacks, selections include sandwiches, salads and a variety of cold drinks. K – 5 students may use the Snack Bar after 2:30 p.m. only.