Boys track and field began as an informal, interschool program in 1891 and became an activity in the ILH in 1909.
The introduction of the Punahou Relays in 1946 and the Cooke Pentathalon in 1949 helped stimulate increased interest and growth in the program following World War II. Now, over 100 boys participate in the program each year. With the advent of the state championships in 1959, Punahou teams have produced an outstanding record, winning a total of 22 out of 37 championships through 1995.
Track and field for girls began in 1963 when physical education teachers from Farrington, McKinley and Punahou schools discovered that they were all teaching a track and field unit in their classes. A track meet between all three schools was held. Hosted by Punahou, the meet was such a success that a second meet was held on campus two weeks later as the 1st Annual Punahou Invitational Girls Track Meet.
The ILH and the OIA both started league girls track schedules in 1965. The HHSAA began the state championships in 1967.
Punahou School has dominated the Girls track and field scene in Hawai‘i at both the ILH and state levels including 12 consecutive state championships between 1981 and 1992.
Punahou’s track and field program has produced outstanding collegiate and Olympic athletes.