Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award

The Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award is given to Punahou alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society, garnering national or international recognition, and deserving of recognition by Punahou. It is an occasional award and does not compete with the “O” in Life.


  • Nominee must have made outstanding contributions in the fields of public service, humanitarian or charitable efforts, arts, letters or sciences, which have gained the awardee significant national or international recognition.
  • Nominee must be living.
  • Nominee should have attended Punahou for at least three years and preferably have graduated from Punahou.
  • Nominee may not be a current PAA officer or director.


Samuel Chapman Armstrong (1859) was a “larger-than-life” figure in the nineteenth century, both as an outstanding Union general in the Civil War and thereafter as a crusader for racial equality. He was widely admired for his strong moral principles and for his dedication to improving the lives of those who had been the victims of slavery and oppression.


Date AwardedAwardee
2022Dr. Lina Miyakawa ’04 and Dr. Darragh O’Carroll ’03
Patrick Kirch ’68
2019Patrick H. Quilter ’64
2018Kazumi Ogawa ’86
2018Pamela Hamamoto ’78
2017Francis G. Duhaylongsod ’78
2016Ken Richardson ’48
2016Kaui Hemmings ’94
2014Dr. Ernest T. Takafuji ’62
2010Pierre Omidyar ’84
2009Dr. Calvin C. J. Sia ’45
2008Samuel Van Culin ’48
2003Stephen M. Case ’76
2001Allen B. Richardson ’65
1999C. Nainoa Thompson ’72
1996Beatrice H. Krauss ’22
1996Charlie '65 and Lucy Dangler ’67 Wedemeyer
1993Elbert Parr Tuttle ’14
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