Swimming has a rich history at Punahou that includes Olympic medalists, world-record holders and numerous state championships.



Various instructional, developmental and competitive programs are offered during the school year as well as during Summer School.

Swim School

Intended primarily for K – Grade 6, Swim School prepares swimmers to transition successfully to a swim team when they're ready for that challenge. Swim School develops and improves stroke technique for the four competitive swimming strokes, builds endurance, and teaches skills such as racing starts and turns that aren't normally taught as part of swim lessons.

Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping in at least one of the competitive swimming strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly). Our pool has no shallow end, so swimmers should be very comfortable in deep water.

Punahou Aquatics Competitive Swimming

The Punahou Aquatics (PAQ) competitive swim team is divided into groups, based on age and swimming ability, for students in K – grade 12. The focus for the swim team is on developing good stroke technique and endurance, to prepare for swim meets. Swim team membership is subject to availability, ability and approval of the head coach.

All Punahou Aquatics swimmers are registered with USA Swimming.

ILH Swimming and Diving

Punahou competes in ILH swimming and diving with boys and girls teams, for students in grades 7 – 12.

See athletic teams and schedules

Team Grade Season Meeting/Tryouts
Varsity 9 – 12
Nov – Feb
Junior Varsity
9 – 12
Nov – Jan
7 – 8
Nov – Jan


The C. Dudley Pratt Aquatic Center, at the ground level of Hemmeter Fieldhouse, is comprised of the Elizabeth P. Waterhouse Pool and the facilities that support the Punahou swimming program including the Harry Steiner Pool Office.


With a depth of at least 9 feet for its entire length, the Olympic-sized 50 meter by 25 yard Waterhouse Pool is the largest of any school in the state of Hawai'i (including the University of Hawai'i), at more than a million gallons.

Fall 2017 registration will be available via the After School registration process, which will open in July 2017.


Punahou Aquatics Office
C. Dudley Pratt Aquatic Center
808.944.5835 Tel
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Jeff Meister
Director of Swimming


Eric Nagoshi
Assistant Director of Swimming


Lenora Lee