Alumni Keiki Experience

Hosted by the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA), Office of Alumni Relations and Summer Programs, the “‘Ūlili Ho‘okama o Kapunahou – Alumni Keiki Experience” is a special opportunity for children of alumni who do not reside on O‘ahu to enjoy the wonder of Punahou.

The week-long program, designed by a group of Junior School faculty, is themed ‘Ūlili Ho‘okama o Kapunahou. Just as the ‘ūlili bird is migratory, so too are the children of our alumni. Ho‘okama is an endearing term to acknowledge a hānai child (or adult) who is treated as ‘ohana. Past experiences have included campus explorations, fishing in the Lily Pond, Makahiki games, and lessons about hula, mele, and the history and songs of Punahou.
The program is designed for students entering grades 1 – 5 in the fall. Exceptions may be made for older siblings (up to grade 7). Eligible students must be non-O‘ahu residents who are children or grandchildren of alumni. Cost includes materials for all activities.

Examples of activities in past experiences

  • Campus explorations to Pu‘uomānoa (Rocky Hill), the new Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, Waterhouse Pool, Thurston Memorial Chapel
  • Visits to the Lily Pond and Banyan Tree
  • Hula and mele
  • Punahou lore – songs, history, cheers
  • Makahiki games
  • Opportunities to create friendships and familiarity with Punahou
*Activities vary year to year

The experience begins with a welcome breakfast and culminates on Friday afternoon with a closing pa‘ina where the children will share many of the things they have learned over the course of the week. E kipa mai iā Punahou.

Summer 2023

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  • Program Events (families are welcome)

    Program Events (families are welcome)

    Tuesday, June 13 and Monday, July 24
    8 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Breakfast
    9 – 9:30 a.m. Tour of Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 (optional for parents, grandparents)

    Friday, June 18 and Friday, July 28
    10:15 a.m. – Noon Makahiki and Closing Pā‘ina


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  • Summer 2023

    An account with ASAP Connected is required to register and make payment. Please contact if you haven’t received an email with the registration link. Payment is due in full to complete the online registration.

    Enrollment for visiting students begins Friday, March 10 at noon (HST).

    Registration deadline is Monday, April 17, 4 p.m. Space is limited to 30 students per session.

Family Information

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  • Pickup and Drop-off

    Drop-off and pickup will be at Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 curbside drop-off/pickup area between 7:40 – 7:55 a.m. Pickup is between noon and 12:15 p.m.

    If your keiki arrives after 7:55 a.m., please call the Summer Attendance Office to let us know you have arrived at the appropriate drop off location. Remain in your car and a staff member will come out to meet you at your vehicle.
  • Swim and Sun Gear

    Please apply sunscreen daily to your keiki before school. If they have sun-sensitive skin and need to reapply throughout the day, please pack sunscreen in their bag and notify the kumu.

    We will be doing a swim test in the pool to assess your child’s ability. Please pack a dry towel, swim clothes, extra clothes and plastic bag in your child’s backpack, swim day to be specified when final details are distributed.
  • Illness

    For more details, visit the Summer Programs Registration and Policies page.
  • Out-of-State/International/Homeschool Requirements

    International, continental U.S. residents, and home-schooled students must meet the State of Hawai`i assessment requirements and provide a TB clearance that has been administered within 12 months prior to the start of the summer session.  Students who have a Summer 2022 TB form on file with Punahou School do not need to submit a new form for Summer 2023.

    All applicants must have a U.S. licensed physician, NP, APRN, or PA complete and sign the Punahou Summer Programs l 2023 Tuberculosis form to confirm that the student is free from TB. The Hawaii Department of Health Form will also be accepted.

    The following are acceptable forms of TB screens or tests:

    Negative Risk Screen
    For students who have been residing in the U.S. only.

    Negative TB skin test (Mantoux)
    This test must be performed in the U.S. or on U.S. soil (e.g., U.S. military base) by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.

    Quantiferon Gold blood test/ T-Spot Test
    These tests can be performed in the U.S. and in most foreign countries. If the test is not performed in the U.S., results can be submitted to any Hawaii Department of Health Public Health Clinics or to a U.S. licensed physician who will provide a U.S. issued TB clearance.

    Positive TB test and Negative Chest X-Ray
    The chest x-ray must be performed in the U.S. by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.

  • Medical/Travel Insurance

    We request that international and continental U.S. students have medical and/or travel insurance for the safety of their child and to ensure proper medical care.
  • English Proficiency

    Punahou Summer Programs do not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. It is required that all students have the ability to understand and communicate (i.e.; read, write, speak) in English at the appropriate grade level. This will ensure the safety of each student and enable your child to have a positive summer experience. No accommodations will be made for English language learners and the school reserves the right to modify schedules or remove students from courses if it deems appropriate.
  • Participation and Behavior Policy

    Children are expected to participate in activities and be on good behavior at all times during the program. They need to be able to function independently and not detract from other students’ experience. If my child demonstrates unacceptable behavior that includes disorderly conduct or actions that jeopardizes the safety and well being of others in the program, he/she will be dismissed from the program immediately at the discretion of Punahou School staff without refund. More details are available in the Student Disciplinary Process section of the Student and Parent Code of Conduct.


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  • Summer School Program Office

    K – 8 and noncredit Academy courses
    Bishop Hall
    808.943.3693 Fax
  • Academy Summer School Office

    9 – 12 Academy Credit Bearing Courses
The admission of any student in the Summer School programs is at the sole discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws.  Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School.  Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current.  All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.
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