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Wo International Center

Wo International Center serves as a beacon for educational practices, discussions and international learning through a global perspective. The Center has become a conduit for connection and communication among schools locally and internationally.

The Center provides challenging opportunities and innovative experiences for students and educators. Programs include intensive language instruction, study abroad and summer programs for foreign students, lectures and seminars and professional development programs.

Many of the Center's programs serve as an outreach to the international community by supporting and initiating programs that promote an appreciation of cultural diversity and global responsibility for students both from Punahou and the larger community.

The center houses four classrooms, a telecommunication room, the 150-seat Luke Lecture Hall and conference spaces, as well as office space for Wo International Center program administration and a portion of the Advancement Department.

Student Programs

Language and Culture
Language and cultural studies, at beginning and continuing levels, as well as Hawaiian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese immersion.

School Year Abroad
Junior or senior year or semester immersive study abroad. 

School Year Abroad at Punahou
Year Abroad at Punahou for international students entering their 10th or 11th year of schooling.

Student Global Leadership Institute
Two-week summit with international partner schools, followed by senior year projects and online collaboration. 

Summer Study Trips
Hawai‘i high school students in grades 9 – 11 Immersive several-week trips abroad (varying destinations and educational themes).

Global Ed Curriculum

Educator Programs

Community Partnerships Workshops
A collaboration between Punahou School and Catlin Gabel School to support educators looking for innovative ways to connect their classrooms to the community. Available to all educators.

Global Education Teacher Strand
One week of learning, exploring and designing globally focused curriculum with a cohort of educators. Available to all educators.

Teacher Study Trips
Opportunity to collaborate on the development of international curriculum. Available to Punahou faculty.

Educator Programs

History

Beginning in the 1960s, Punahou was home to an outreach organization known as the Foundation for Study in Hawaii and Abroad (FSHA). Led by long-time foreign language and curriculum expert Siegfried Ramler, FSHA brought foreign students to campus each summer to learn English, and sent Hawaii youngsters into the Pacific to learn French, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

With a generous gift from Jim ’43 and Bob ’41 Wo funding construction of a dedicated facility in 1993, FSHA agreed to disband and come under the umbrella of the Wo International Center.

The 150-seat Luke Lecture Hall, honors a major gift by K. J. Luke and his family.

Jim ’43 and Bob ’41 Wo

Jim ’43 and Bob ’41 Wo are a team in many aspects of their lives. After working together to take over and transform the family business C. S. Wo and Sons, they continued their partnership in commitment to community organizations.

In addition to the Wo family's generosity, Jim also gave of himself as a Punahou Trustee from 1970 until 2001, serving in a number of leadership capacities.

The brothers’ exposure to worldwide business led them to support global studies opportunities for students throughout Hawaii.

Endowed Funds and Scholarships

Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Ethan Abbott
Brenda Foster
Ricardo Leong
Dr. Rosita Leong
Mary Lou Lewis
Jan Luke Loo
Warren K.K. Luke
Allen Murabayashi 
Hideo Morita (in Japan)
Michael Pietsch
Siegfried Ramler
Butch Reddy
Chai Reddy (Director)
Mike Latham (President)
Robert Torrey
Robert W. Wo (Bub)

Guests

John Field, Jr.
Dr. Emily McCarren
Dr. Paris Priore-Kim
Noe Archambault

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Contact

Wo International Center
wocenter@punahou.edu
808.944.5871 
808.944.5712 Fax 
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.