Summer School

Punahou's Summer School offers a varied and enriched program in academics, sports, music and dance. Courses that offer review of grade level work or specific curriculum are also available. All students in the community are eligible for admission to all K – 12 noncredit Summer School courses. Credit courses are only available to current Punahou students.

Choose Your Experience

Early Session

June 12 – 15, 2018

Summer Session

June 18 – July 20, 2018



Minimum Age Requirements

In order to attend Punahou Summer School programs, boys must be five years old by June 30 and girls must be five years old by September 30.

K – 5 Students

Parents of students K – grade 5 are responsible for their child's supervision if the child has more than a 15-minute break in their schedule. Children are supervised during recess (9:50 - 10:10 a.m.).

K – 3 Students Afternoon Activities

Children in K – grade 3, enrolled in Afternoon Fun, will be escorted to and from their activities by student aides. Students in classes which begin at 12:30 p.m. will be escorted. If a child is not enrolled in Afternoon Fun and has a class which begins after 12:30 p.m., e.g., 1:10 p.m., parents are responsible for their child.

Grades 9 – 12

Current Punahou students entering grades 9 – 12 should register for credit courses through their deans/supervisor. All students should register online for noncredit courses including Summer Athletics.

Key Dates for 2018

Registration for 2017 Current Punahou Families Visiting or Applying Families
2018 Course Catalog available online Jan 29
Online Registration begins Feb 20 Mar 5
Registration ends March 30, 4 p.m.
First day of Early Session
Academy Summer School Starts
Jun 11
Kamehameha Day (no classes) Jun 12*
Last day of Early Session Jun 15
First Day of Summer School Jun 18
Independence Day observed (no classes) Jul 4
Last day of Summer School Jul 20*
Last day of Academy Summer School Jul 20*

All times listed are Hawaiian Standard Time
*Some courses have customized dates.


How long are classes?

Each Junior School class runs approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, unless otherwise noted in the catalog. Academy classes vary.

How much does Summer School cost?

Total summer fees are dependent on the courses you select. Course fees range from $200 to $5,000. Most courses are between $425 and $950.

What are the dates for Summer School?

Early Session: June 13 – June 16, 2017
Summer School: Junior School: June 19 – July 21, 2017; Academy: June 13 – July 21, 2017

Some courses have alternate start/end dates.

Will my child get a report card?

Students will be provided with a Growth Guide evaluation for Summer School Junior School classes at the end of the term. We do not give letter grades.
Punahou students who take Academy credit courses will be graded.

My child is attending from an out-of-state/International school. Are there any further documents required in addition to the waiver?

Students who are not Hawai'i residents (this includes international as well as continental U.S. residents), home-schooled students and Hawai'i residents who are not currently residing in Hawai'i must submit a tuberculosis (TB) clearance performed within 12 months prior to the starting date of Summer School. The TB test must be done in Hawai'i or on U.S. soil, and meet Punahou School and the Department of health requirements. Students who have a TB form on file with Punahou School from a prior summer session do not need to provide a new form. In addition, we request that you provide proof of medical and/or travel insurance during registration for the safety of your child and to ensure proper medical care.

Do you have an all-day program?

Registration for courses is done a la carte, allowing parents to build their own custom schedule. If you need your student to be in school all day, there are course options throughout the catalog which will allow you that opportunity.

Do you provide lunch?

We only provide a lunch option for Kindergarten and 1st grade students enrolled in Afternoon Fun. All other students must bring a sack lunch and drink each day. Snack bars are located in the Academy (Grades 9 – 12 only) and fronting the Summer School Office in Bishop Hall (7 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.) and in the Kosasa Neighborhood Courtyard between studios C and D. They are not designed to feed all students enrolled in our summer program and students should not rely on them for lunch.

What does my child do from 12 – 12:30 p.m.?

Students in grades 2 – 3 are walked to the playground/designated pickup area to eat lunch and be picked up by their 12:30 teacher/TA. All other students whose morning classes end at 12 and afternoon classes begin at 12:30 should head straight to their 12:30 class to eat lunch. Students may eat outside their classroom or in the surrounding area.

My child is not a Punahou student. Will he/she be walked to his/her classes?

Students in grades K – 3 will be walked to their classes by teachers/teaching aides. Students in grades 4 and up move across campus on their own. If your child needs help navigating around campus, there are teaching aides (TAs), identifiable by purple Punahou Summer School shirts and badges positioned around campus during transition periods to assist.

How do I know which dance class is appropriate for my child?

Parents are encouraged to register for the course they think fits their child’s grade and experience level. Students are evaluated during the first week and schedules may be adjusted accordingly. Punahou Dance School students should receive course recommendations with their Spring evaluations.

How do I know if my child’s classes are confirmed?

Courses are confirmed/guaranteed once you submit your form online. Final, hard-copy, confirmations with room assignments are scheduled to be sent out after May 12, 2017.

Who do I notify if my child is absent?

When your child is absent you must notify the Summer School Office prior to 8 a.m. by calling 808.943.3200. If you have a planned absence, you may email a note to .

My child attends an international school. For which grade should I register?

Students must be registered for the grade level they are entering in the fall of 2017. If children are in the middle of their school year during the summer session, they should be registered for their current grade.

My child is new to private music lessons and was waitlisted. When will I know if he/she will be placed?

New students are placed after schedule availability, prior music study experience and instructor compatibility are reviewed by the Music School Director. Parents will be contacted directly by an assigned music instructor to arrange for the student's lesson appointment.

May I register my visiting student when I register my current Punahou student?

Yes, current Punahou families may register all their children at the same time.


Summer School Program Office
K – 8 and noncredit Academy courses
808.944.5737 Tel
808.943.3693 Fax



Todd Chow-Hoy
Jr. School Assistant Principal (K – 8)


Anna Liem
Director of Summer School (Academy)


Maelee Buenconsejo
Summer School, Office Coordinator