About Punahou School
Punahou School, an independent college preparatory day school founded in 1841, is located in lower Manoa Valley, a residential area of the city of Honolulu. With an enrollment of over 3,750 in grades K – 12, Punahou School is the largest coeducational, independent school on a single campus in the United States. The senior class typically numbers around 425.
The newest buildings on campus, opened in 2010, make up a six building neighborhood dedicated to grades K – 1. This exceptional facility provides a model of sustainability in design and curriculum. The complex was awarded Platinum certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Punahou maintains a commitment to diversity of its student body. Financial aid is available to students with demonstrated need and funded by over 320 individual scholarships.
Supporting student curriculum and serving the broader community are two specialized centers on campus, the Luke Center for Public Service and the Wo International Center. Admission to Punahou is highly competitive. Schoolwide, there are typically 2,300 applications for approximately 500 spaces.