About

Leadership

Punahou’s leadership builds on the School’s legacy by driving innovation while holding fast to important traditions, celebrating and expanding the tremendous diversity of the School, and honoring the distinctive culture created by the two founding gifts of the School. The gifts, one of land from Hawaiian ali‘i, the other of Protestant missionary’s educational vision, underpin Punahou’s unique cultural fusion of Hawaiian and Western heritage and call Punahou to a different type of leadership.

The academic, cultural and administrative leaders of the School and the Punahou community inspire and provide sound management as the School looks to integrate its legacy with the needs of today’s students in a rapidly changing, global environment. Punahou’s administrators are thought leaders in education who are energized by the opportunity to delve into questions about the changing nature of learning and chart an ambitious path forward. They are visionaries who lead with confidence during these dynamic times and who lead with sound judgment, making data-driven decisions with a steady hand and humble spirit. Punahou’s leadership conveys to the youngest learners and the most senior alumni the broad ambitions for the School and its commitment to helping every child find their path.

Board of Directors

Punahou Trustees historically provide philosophical leadership, and guide the capital investments and policies of the School. They take an active part in making things happen at Punahou, working closely with the on-campus administrative group.

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  • Mark H. Fukunaga ’74

    Chair of the Board
  • Constance Hee ’70 Lau

    First Vice Chair
  • W. David P. Carey III

    Second Vice Chair - Finance
  • Ethan D.B. Abbott ’72

  • Deborah Berger ’82

  • Steve Case ’76

  • Margaret M. Cole

  • Wendy B. Crabb

  • Greg Dickhens ’87

  • Duane Kurisu

  • John Morgan ’74

  • Pierre Omidyar ’84

  • Michael A. Pietsch ’64

  • Emily Reber ’92 Porter

  • Kathleen Sullivan ’75 Wo

  • Dr. Gregory Yim ’80

Administrators

The president, with the Board of Trustees, has the responsibility for oversight of all aspects of student life and school operations. Administrators work directly with the president and Board of Trustees on the School's strategic planning efforts. 

The kindergarten through grade 12 learning community is led by two principals, heading the Junior School and the Academy.

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  • Michael E. Latham ’86

    President
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  • Emily McCarren

    Academy Principal
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  • Paris Priore-Kim ’76

    Junior School Principal
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  • John Field ’72

    Vice President, Treasurer
  • Noelehua Lyons ’91 Archambault

    Vice President for Advancement
  • Virginia Loo ’92

    Director of Analytics and Planning
  • Betsy Hata

    Director of Admission and Financial Aid
  • Robert Gelber ’92

    Director of Communications
  • Pauline Lo ’71 Bailey

    Director of Human Resources
  • James Kakos

    Academy Assistant Principal
  • Sally Mingarelli

    Academy Assistant Principal
  • Todd Chow-Hoy

    Junior School Assistant Principal
  • Chase Mitsuda ’98

    Junior School Assistant Principal
  • Jim LaClair

    Chief Information Officer
  • Denise Hoke

    Assistant Treasurer
  • Charlotte Kamikawa

    Director of Physical Plant
  • Audrey Seki

    Executive Assistant to the President, Secretary to ALG

Junior School

Principal Dr. Paris Priore-Kim ’76, Vice Principals Dr. Todd Chow-Hoy and Dr. Chase Mitsuda ’98, and six Administrative Deans oversee approximately 2,000 students in the Junior School, which includes students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
 
Administrative Deans have oversight of a grade level and work with families as they transition through the School. Each class of students has one Administrative Dean for the two years of K – grade 1, one Administrative Dean who follows the class from grades 2 – 5, and one Administrative Dean through the middle school years of grades 6 – 8.

Principal and Assistant Principals

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  • Paris Priore-Kim ’76

    Junior School Principal
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  • Todd Chow-Hoy

    Junior School Assistant Principal
  • Chase Mitsuda ’98

    Junior School Assistant Principal

Administrative Deans

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  • Elila Levinson

    K – 1 Administrative Dean
    Classes of 2033 and 2032
  • Julie Crane-Cory

    Grades 2 and 4 Administrative Dean
    Classes of 2031 and 2029
  • John Nagel

    Grades 3 and 5 Administrative Dean
    Classes of 2030 and 2028
  • Kip Kuhn

    Grade 6 Administrative Dean
    Class of 2027
  • Demetra Kaulukukui

    Grade 7 Administrative Dean
    Class of 2026
  • Lori Komori

    Grade 8 Administrative Dean
    Class of 2025

Academy

The Academy, composed of grades 9 – 12, is administered by Principal Dr. Emily McCarren, Assistant Principals Dr. Sally Mingarelli and James Kakos, and two Deans at each grade level.
 
Deans are the primary source of counseling support for Academy students. Two Deans are assigned to each incoming freshman class and continue with the class through graduation. They are available for both personal and academic counseling, and support each student in achieving academic and personal success during their high school experience and often beyond.
 
Deans support students in understanding school policies and expectations, advocate in resolving conflicts and assist in times of crisis. They work closely as a team and collaborate with colleagues in the Support + Wellness department, the College Counseling office and with members of the Academy faculty. Deans also teach, serve as college counselors and manage administrative duties.

Principal and Assistant Principals

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  • Emily McCarren

    Academy Principal
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  • Sally Mingarelli

    Academy Assistant Principal
  • James Kakos

    Academy Assistant Principal

Academy Deans

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  • Marguerite Ashford and Jonathan Koshiba

    Freshman Deans
    Class of 2024
  • Erin Maretzki and Deane Salter

    Sophomore Deans
    Class of 2023
  • Christine David and Jonah Ka‘akua

    Junior Deans
    Class of 2022
  • Lisa Stewart and Brendan Maloney

    Senior Deans
    Class of 2021