Tuition and Enrollment

Punahou's tuition is partially underwritten by the income of the School's permanent endowment and by gifts from alumni, parents and friends to the Punahou Fund. Tuition costs are reviewed annually; Punahou's tuition is consistently at the low end of comparable national independent school costs.

Tuition for the 2019 – 2020 school year for Kindergarten – Grade 12 is $26,000.

What Tuition Covers

Kindergarten – Grade 8

In addition to the broad curriculum and fully integrated access to technology, tuition also includes certain counseling costs, classroom supplies, manual arts and art courses, student government activities, publications, drama fees, field trip fees and Na ‘Opio, the Junior School yearbook. A book rental fee is included in Kindergarten – grade 6.

A testing fee at each grade level is also included, covering all group testing.

  • Grade 4 tuition includes the two-day, on-island exploration trip.
  • Grade 5 tuition includes a three-day exploration trip to the island of Hawai‘i.
  • Grade 6 tuition covers the four-day Camp Timberline experience, part of the regular curriculum.
  • Grades 6 – 8 tuition includes admission to all regularly scheduled interscholastic contests in which Punahou is competing, a book locker, athletic locker and towel service.
  • Grade 8 tuition includes a three-day Camp Mokuleia experience, part of the regular curriculum

Lunches and snacks are not covered by tuition.

Grades 9 – 12

In addition to the broad curriculum and fully integrated access to technology, tuition also includes the Oahuan (the Academy yearbook), a monthly (roughly) copy of Ka Punahou (the Academy newspaper) and the literary magazine Ka Wai Ola, as well as athletic locker and book locker, towel service, certain counseling costs and activities support for events authorized by the student government.

Admission to all regularly scheduled interscholastic contests in which Punahou is a competitor (with the exception of League and State championship events) and all Punahou dramatic productions (except Variety Show) are included.

Tuition also covers a group testing fee at appropriate grade levels, including College Boards for juniors. Students in grade 12 take various tests, including Advanced Placement examinations, which are charged individually.

Lunches and snacks are not covered by tuition.


Upon a student's enrollment, the payment of tuition and fees for the full academic year is an unconditional obligation.

No portion of tuition or fees paid or outstanding will be refunded or cancelled notwithstanding the absence, withdrawal or dismissal of the child from Punahou School during the academic year. This obligation may be cancelled by notifying Punahou School in writing on or before June 30 preceding the school year that the child will not enroll.

Tuition is payable annually, by the semester, or monthly:

  • Annual payment is made in a single installment in July.
  • Semester payment is made in two installments, one in July and one in December.
  • Monthly payments are made in 10 installments beginning in July. An additional charge of $100 is made to cover handling costs. 

There is a charge of 1% per month on all unpaid student account balances at the end of each month. Parents are reminded the student will be charged to repair or replace all damage to property, deliberate or due to negligence. No senior will receive a diploma or detailed record of work at Punahou until the account is paid in full.

Tuition Insurance

Punahou offers a Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) which provides assistance in meeting a family's tuition obligations in case of withdrawal, dismissal or extended medical absence.

The TRP premium is $169 for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and is payable with the first tuition payment.

Participation in the TRP is required of families who choose the monthly or semester payment options, as well as families who receive financial aid.


Once enrolled, students are not required to re-apply for admission for any subsequent grade levels, but are required to complete a re-enrollment form each year. Students failing to meet Punahou’s academic or citizenship standards may be asked to withdraw at any time.

All new Punahou students are required to provide documentation of physical examinations (including immunizations and tuberculin test) before the first day of school.

Chapel attendance is required of all students.

Apply to Punahou

Now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 school year. All applications and supporting documents will be submitted online. Use the button below to begin or continue the application process.

Consider Applying for Financial Aid

Over 700 students received almost $7.7 million in need-based aid last year. A family’s financial status and application for financial aid are not part of Punahou's admission criteria.


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