Speakers and Forums

Punahou sponsors and hosts a number of speakers, forums and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, fellow educators and the community. An overarching goal is to inform and inspire a lively community of learners.

Many opportunities are organized through Professional Programs at Punahou, in collaboration with various departments or groups within the school. Two important volunteer support organizations, the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA) and the Punahou Parent Faculty Association (PFA) also manage speaker/educational events for their specific constituencies.

Professional Development

Independently and in partnership with others, Professional Programs at Punahou hosts or sponsors a variety of learning opportunities for local, national and global educators. Such programs may include speakers, workshops, classroom observations, and investigations with other teachers.

Annual Programs

Special Engagement Speakers

Punahou strives to invite speakers to campus whose work invigorates discussion and inquiry.

Past Speakers

Jane Ekayu, Executive Director of Children of Peace Uganda

April 11, 2013
Featuring the movie “Children of War”

Robert Evans, Ed.D., clinical and organizational psychologist 

March 20, 2013
“Achievement, Stress and Resilience: Raising Healthy, Successful Children in Challenging Times”

Horacio Sanchez, President and CEO of Resiliency, Inc. 

September 26, 2012
“What Every Parent Should Know”

Recurring Programs

The Innovation Series

Initiated in 2012, the Innovation Series supports the exploration of creativity and innovation in our community. Events may include speakers, performances or forums for engagement on a wide range of topics that further teaching and learning.

Past Events

Healthy Community, Healthy Island, Healthy World

July 24, 2013
Presented in conjunction with the Student Global Leadership Institute A forum on programs, initiatives and individual efforts focused on access to food, the culture of food, and safety and security of food in our community.

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel: “The Whole-Brain Child”

June 12, 2013
Presented in conjunction with The Brain Symposium Featured speaker for the Brain Symposium, Dr. Siegel offered a talk on the exciting new approach to raising children filled with scientifically based ideas and practical skills to promote well-being in children’s lives.

An Evening with Spoken Word Poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

January 8, 2013
In conjunction with Thurston Memorial Chapel and Luke Center for Public Service Co-directors of Project V.O.I.C.E., Sarah and Phil encourage young people to engage with the world around them and use Spoken Word Poetry as an instrument to explore and understand their culture, society and themselves.

Dr. Yong Zhao: World Class Education: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students

December 3, 2012
In conjunction with Wo International Center’s Luke Distinguished Lecture Series Dr. Zhao proposes a new paradigm of education aimed at cultivating globally competent, diverse, creative and entrepreneurial talents.

John Hunter: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

October 25, 2012
Teacher and creator of the World Peace Game, Hunter shared the core principles of the game, explaining how open-ended, overwhelming, ambiguous and complex problems are good learning opportunities for students.

Food for Thought

Initiated in 2008, the Food for Thought series offers a forum for dialog centered around Punahou’s sustainability initiative. Each event features a movie in combination with speakers, displays or tastings to further thinking about the movie topic. This series represents the school’s efforts to create opportunities to help us shape a more sustainable world together. More

Punahou Alumni Association Alumni Speaker Series

This series launched in January 2013 and focuses on featuring important topics and discussions with Punahou alumni.

Past Events

Lani Leary ’71, Ph.D., author “Make a Difference at the End of a Loved One’s Life”

April 25, 2013
Leary shared her experiences as she presented ways to provide compassionate care for loved ones who are terminally ill.

“From Seed to Supper”

January 17, 2013
Eight alumni, from farmers to an NGO executive director to a chef, gathered for a panel presentation of perspectives, and then responded to questions.

Parent Faculty Association ParentEd-Forum

The Parent Education Committee of the PFA supports a range of speakers on topics of interest to parents, in addition to arranging a Parent Education Fair every other year.

Past Events

Madeline Levine, psychologist, consultant and educator “Cultivating Authentic Success in Our Children”

April 17, 2013
Following up on her role in the movie, “Race to Nowhere” featured at the fall 2012 Parent Education Fair, Levine addressed additional perspective on the issues raised in the movie.

Upcoming Events

Mon / Jun 26

Lab School

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Global Educator Strand

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