Alumni Keiki Experience

Hosted by the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA), Office of Alumni Relations and Summer School, the “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 Case Middle 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 daily lunches and snacks, a field trip, water bottle and materials for all activities.

Examples of activities in past experiences

  • Campus explorations to Rocky Hill, the new Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, Waterhouse Pool, Thurston Memorial Chapel
  • Fishing in the Lily Pond
  • Hula and mele
  • Punahou lore – songs, history, cheers
  • Makahiki games
  • A field trip and service learning opportunity (July session only)
  • 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 2020

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  • Session 1: CANCELED

    Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12
    (no program Thursday, June 11, Kamehameha Day holiday)
    Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Course: #20111
  • Session 2: CANCELED

    Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24
    Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Course: #20112
  • Program Events (families are welcome)

    Monday, June 8 (CANCELLED) and Monday, July 20
    8 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome Breakfast (Dole Hall)
    9 – 9:30 a.m. – Tour of Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 (optional for parents, grandparents, siblings)

    Friday, June 12 and Friday, July 20 (CANCELED)

    1 – 3 p.m. – Closing Pa‘ina 
  • To Enroll

    Use the course number noted above to register online for Punahou Summer School. Payment is due within 7 business days of submitting online registration.

    Enrollment for visiting students begins on March 6.

    Registration Deadline Thursday, April 15.

Family Information

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  • Pickup and Drop-off

    Drop-off and pickup will be at Case Middle School makai drop-off/pickup area. A kumu (teacher) will greet/accompany your keiki and escort them to/from the classroom. You may drop your keiki off between 8:40 – 8:55 a.m. and pick them up between 3 – 3:15 p.m.

    If your keiki arrives after 8:55 a.m., please bring them to the Summer School office, where staff can assist in locating the class and escorting your keiki to the group. If your keiki is not picked up by 3:15 p.m., please collect them from the Summer School office.

    The Summer School office is located on the second floor of Bishop Hall, and Case Middle School makai drop‐off/pickup is identified on the campus map.
  • 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 on the first day to assess your child’s swimming ability. We will be swimming most days of the week so please pack a dry towel, swim clothes, extra clothes and plastic bag for your child each day.
  • Lunch

    Lunch is provided daily from the cafeteria. An assortment of sandwiches, chips, fruit and juice or water will be served. A vegetarian option is available upon request. If your keiki has a food allergy or does not eat certain foods, please provide a home lunch for them.

    Punahou School will be providing water bottles for the keiki, so they do not need to bring one.
  • Illness

    In order to protect and ensure the health and safety of our keiki, all students must be “fever free” for 24 hours prior to readmission to school. Any student who has a cold, sore throat, fever or is not well should not be sent to school. When a child becomes ill at school, they will be sent to the Punahou Health Center, and it is a parent's responsibility to take the child home.

    For more details, see pages 18 – 19 of the Summer School Handbook.
  • TB Test

    A completed negative mantoux TB test is required before school attendance is allowed for U.S. Mainland and International students attending Punahou Summer program. Results of the TB test and completed form must be submitted to the Summer School office before the start of the program in order for your child to participate. Original documents are required, but scan/email results may be advanced. Students who previously attended Punahou Summer School program and have TB documentation on file do not need to provide a new clearance form.

    The acceptable forms of TB tests have changed, please see page 6 of the Summer School Handbook.
  • 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. Should more attention to the student be required from the participating faculty, a parent may be required to attend. 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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  • Session 1: CANCELED

    Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12
    (no program Thursday, June 11, Kamehameha Day holiday)
  • Session 2: CANCELED

    Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24

    Registration for Summer 2020 will begin in March 2020.


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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.