Awards and Recognition
Athletic Letters and Individual Awards
Athletic letters are awards given to students at the varsity, junior varsity and intermediate levels of every interscholastic sport. Although each sport has its own requirements to be fulfilled before a letter is awarded, the letter winners are generally chosen for their ability and participation in the sport.
Punahou traditionally awards the school letter “O” to boys who achieve the status of letterman. This practice was begun when Punahou was known as Oahu College and has continued although the name of the school has changed. Girls who achieve letter status receive the letter “P.”
An individual award is presented for each sport honoring the most inspirational athlete. Other awards include:
Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame
The Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics at Punahou. The first honorees were inducted in 1980. Selections are made by the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, representing O-Men, Na Wahine Pa‘ani o Punahou, Athletics and Alumni Relations. Most members of the Hall of Fame are alumni.
HHSAA Hall of Honor
The Hawai`i High School Hall of Honor was established in 1982 by Nissan Motors to recognize "athletic excellence and accomplishments of Hawai`i's high school athletes." In 2004, the Hawai`i High School Athletic Association Foundation assumed responsibility to continue this prestigious tradition.
Each year, 12 student athletes are selected for induction into the Hall of Honor by an independent selection committee. Each honored student athlete also receives a $2,000 college scholarship.
Hall of Champions
Designed in 1995 by members of Punahou's two primary athletic booster groups, the Punahou O-Men and the Na Wahine Pa`ani O Punahou, the Hall of Champions celebrates Punahou's numerous athletic victories and championships.
Dedicated on May 17, 1996, the mission of the hall is "to record the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and Hawai`i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) varsity championships achieved by the student athletes of Punahou and to perpetuate Punahou's athletic tradition by honoring past champions and inspiring present and future participants."
Residing in the Thurston PE Center, the hall includes more than 30 koa plaques representing the sports in which Punahou participates, and a variety of pictures of both past and present Punahou athletes and teams. Each plaque contains a short narrative of the sport's history and bronze championship labels, which list the year of the league and state victories along with the head coach's name.
A short ceremony is held each spring to recognize that year's champions and to update the hall. Team captains, head coaches, parents and school representatives take part in the ceremony, after which people are invited to tour the hall and share in the successes of Punahou's teams.