The goal of this strategic priority is for all Punahou students to learn in a schoolwide environment that is safe, free from abuse, neglect, and proactively focused on well-being.
To support this initiative, the School regularly convenes student safety subcommittees on Campus Security, Adult Education, and Student Care and Wellness.
In addition our work is supported through consultation with and advice from our Advisory Council on Student Safety, comprised of alumni and friends of the School with expertise in areas of child welfare and child advocacy. These member include:
Ivy Asano ’84, M.D.
PFA President (SY 2022 – 2023); Director of Admissions, Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i.
Llasmin Chaine, LSW
Education and Community Outreach Manager, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Hawaii Pacific Health
Georgi DeCosta ’93
Survivor advocate, Na Pua o Punahou Founding Member. Former Windward O‘ahu Program Director, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
Karen Elizaga, J.D. ’88
Survivor advocate, author, executive coach. Former Board Chair of Woman kind, an organization that provides support to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Former Trustee, Riverdale Country School in New York.
Tiffany Farrell ’91
Child safeguarding liaison. Expertise in developing and monitoring implementation of child safeguarding initiatives as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and a Trustee at the American School in Japan.
Douglas Kwock, MD ’83
Chief Medical Officer, Pali Momi Medical Center. Hawai‘i Pacific Health leadership and pediatrician with over 20 years of experience.
PFA President (SY 2021 – 2022); Kamehameha Schools Portfolio Manager.
Cecily Sakai ’02, Psy.D.
Clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, women’s health and wellness, and identity development concerns.
James C. Wo ’06, Ph.D. (JC)
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, University of Iowa
Rachael Wong, DrPH ’90
Founder and Strategic Advisor, One Shared Future. Co-founder, Safe Spaces & Workplaces. Former Director of the Department of Human Services, State of Hawai‘i.
Vonceil Yara, MA, AMFT, APCC
Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Mental Health Counselor Intern. Focusing on work with children and families.