Athletics is an integral part of the academic experience at Punahou School. With over 120 teams competing in 21 different sports, many of which at intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels, there is tremendous opportunity for participation. Over seventy percent of the student body in grades 7 – 12 participate annually in athletics.
Sports Illustrated ranked Punahou's athletics program No. 1 in the nation in both 2008 and 2009, and remains highly ranked in 2010 as the No. 2 program nationally.
"We aspire to provide the best learning experience possible, developing enthusiasm and potential to the fullest degree and preparing student-athletes for college and other challenges facing them now and in the future.
Through competition, we teach and model the skills of resilience, tolerance, and good citizenship – developing character traits that student-athletes carry with them long after the scores are forgotten."
- Jeaney Garcia Athletic Director
Students incorporate physical activity into their lives from an early age. Physical education begins in Kindergarten, and continues on through their Academy experience. Competitive athletics begins in grade 7, with an emphasis on being a part of a team.
Athletic competition at Punahou began in 1890 when a group of students and faculty formed the first football team in Hawai'i. Since then, Punahou has won more than 400 state titles and more than 850 league championships.