About

Welcome to Punahou

For nearly 180 years, Punahou School has educated students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators. Through world-class academic and co-curricular programs from kindergarten through grade 12, we encourage students to cultivate their interests and talents, aim for their highest potential and become positive forces in the world. As one of the countrys largest independent schools, with an enrollment that exceeds 3,700, we foster a well-rounded education that extends throughout ones lifetime.

Dedicated Teachers 
Our teachers and administrators distinguish themselves not only with their educational credentials and experience, but with their commitment and dedication to students and the School. The Punahou community, which includes students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni and others, has long been a force, united by their collective support for the School.

Innovative Learning Environments
In recent years, Punahou has rebuilt or renovated a significant part of its campus to offer cutting-edge, reimagined learning environments. These thoughtfully planned, technologically advanced and highly sustainable facilities offer indoor and outdoor spaces that allow students to develop skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

Preparing Students for a Changing World
Punahou’s primary mission is to shape students into educated, capable and giving people who have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college, and ultimately contribute to the world. While Punahou remains committed to its longstanding excellence in core subjects such as math, English and science, the School also prepares students for the changing world and careers of the future by teaching students at all grade levels how to be adaptable, creative, collaborative and innovative.

Guiding Principles

Punahou’s primary mission is to shape students into educated, capable and giving people who have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college, and ultimately contribute to the world. While Punahou remains committed to its longstanding excellence in core subjects such as math, English and science, the School also prepares students for the changing world and careers of the future.

Punahou strives to teach its students at all grade levels how to be adaptable, creative, collaborative and innovative. This can be fostered through the School’s learning commons, design thinking courses, makeries, Case Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurship, G-Term program and construction of innovative learning environments like the new Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5.
Punahou has established a base for this type of learning through its Wo International Center, Luke Center for Public Service, Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) and Senior Capstone class.

In addition, Punahou is committed to social, emotional and ethical learning (SEEL) – to educate the whole person. The School also seeks to create a diverse educational community thats rooted in equity and inclusion as fundamental human rights, as well as a sustainable campus that can become a model for other educational institutions and the larger community.