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 that's 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.