Aloha President Jim Scott

After a quarter century, Jim Scott ’70 will retire as president of Punahou School on June 30, 2019. How can we thank him for 25 years of service that established Punahou as a global thought leader in education? Not only did he skillfully navigate the School from the 20th century into the 21st, he transformed it – along with the lives of thousands of students who experienced Punahou under his leadership. 

Join the Punahou ‘ohana in honoring Dr. Scott over the coming year: Participate in one of the regional alumni celebrations; share your personal message of gratitude; and contribute to one of the two community gifts in his name – the James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70 Grades 2 – 3 Playground in the Kosasa Community and the James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70 Endowed Financial Aid Fund.

Celebrate with Jim

Links to event information and registration will appear below as they become available.

London, June 28, 2018
Portland, September 14, 2018
Seattle, September 15, 2018
New England, November 4, 2018
Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018
New York, November 10, 2018
San Francisco, February 23, 2019
Los Angeles, March 2, 2019
Tokyo, March 20, 2019
Honolulu | Buff ’n Blue Forever: A Celebration of Punahou and Jim Scott, June 5, 2019


Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott

A Look Back

Honoring 25 Years of Transformative Leadership 

The Board of Trustees invites all members of the Punahou family to join them in expressing deep gratitude to Dr. Jim Scott ’70 for his visionary leadership and extraordinary contributions to the School through two naming opportunities.

James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70 Playground will be located on the future grades 2 – 3 side of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community, mirroring Barwick Playground on the grades 4 – 5 side of the community.

James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70 Playground at Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5

Reaffirming Punahou’s connection to its historical, geographical and spiritual center – the fresh waters of Ka Punahou – has been a hallmark of Scott’s tenure. The Kosasa Community celebrates that connection in a tangible way through its thoughtful incorporation of the New Spring into the design of its outdoor environments. This playground will always ring with the sound of children’s laughter as they grow and learn near this symbol of the School’s renewal.

James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70 Endowed Financial Aid Fund 

Broadening access to a Punahou education for all of Hawai‘i’s brightest and most talented children has been a priority during Scott’s tenure. As a beneficiary of financial aid in his own youth, Scott understands how transformative this education can be and how important it is to remove the financial barriers that might prevent a child of great potential from attending Punahou. This endowed financial aid fund will give the gift of a Punahou education to such students in perpetuity. 

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