Open to Hawai`i high school students presently in grades 9 – 11, the Summer Study programs provide rich opportunities for students to interact with people of the host country and to immersively experience their language and culture. No previous language knowledge is required. Partial financial aid is available to qualified Hawai`i students, based on need.
This outbound version of the CapSEEDS experience combines class work at Punahou with travel to Alaska. Students’ first travel to Barrow, the northernmost city in America, followed by Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Students engage in language and cultural exchanges with the Inupiaq in Barrow and local students in Juneau. Through active service learning work in each indigenous community, students learn about the environment protection efforts and climate change being adopted. Gaining a better understanding of the value and belief systems of the native Alaska cultures will contribute to more insights on the preservation of their own Hawaiian culture and environment.
Alaska Trip Fact Sheet
Alaska Trip Registration (Punahou students only)
This international version of Capstone combines class work at Punahou with travel to the country of Bhutan. Students engage in service learning around Bhutanese environmental protection efforts, the history and integration of Buddhism into daily life, and the impact of evolving educational systems. Students help plan the Haa festival, a significant summer event in Bhutanese culture. As a country that measures its success based upon Gross National Happiness, this unique experience provides students with cultural exchanges in different villages across the country.
Bhutan Trip Fact Sheet
Bhutan Trip Registration (Punahou students only)
Capstone New Zealand
This outbound version of the CapSEEDS experience combines class work at Punahou with travel to New Zealand. Students’ first stop is Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, followed by a visit to Hamilton in the North Island, then traveling further north to Auckland, the most populous urban area in the country. Students engage in cultural exchanges with the indigenous people in all three areas, perform active service learning work in each indigenous community. Learning about the environment protection efforts being adopted, students gain a better understanding of the value and belief systems of the native New Zealand cultures. They will acquire more insights on the preservation of their own Hawaiian culture and environment.
New Zealand Trip Fact Sheet
New Zealand Trip Registration (Punahou students only)
Language and Culture of Contemporary Japan
This trip features a number of language-rich opportunities typically not available to visitors. In addition to college visits in Tokyo, students may also have opportunities to observe and train in a Japanese office from the perspective of the working Japanese adult, learn how to cook Japanese home cooking from a Japanese housewife, attend a weekly calligraphy class to improve writing skills, and plan their own activities during student-initiated activity days. Accommodations may include hotel stays, Japanese inns (ryokan)*, farming village homestays*, and inner city “dormitory” experiences*. Unlike previous student trips, many of the meals and activities will be student-planned, initiated, and negotiated, and therefore participants will need to ensure that they budget responsibly for the entire trip. Students with dietary and health restrictions are encouraged to consult Wo International Center.
Japan Trip Fact Sheet
Japan Trip Registration (Punahou students)
Japan Trip Registration (non-Punahou students)