Code of Conduct
Rules and Policies

Attire and Grooming

Student attire reflects the collective values of our school community, along with respect for self, safety, good health, self-expression, accountability and comfort. A student’s grooming and attire should not interfere with his or her learning or that of another student.
Generally, Punahou expects clothing and hairstyles that are neat, clean and appropriate in a school setting. If a student’s chosen appearance is not in compliance with the age-appropriate guidelines, they may be required to change or modify their attire.

List of 3 items.

  • K – Grade 5

    In the early elementary grades, children should wear neat, clean and comfortable attire that is modest and loose fitting.

    • On field trips and PE days, appropriate shoes or slippers are required. Footwear is optional on other days. Wheelie shoes present a safety concern and should not be worn to school. Platform type footwear should not exceed 1 inch in height.
    • Clothing should be free of offensive language or imagery, holes, tears, rips and not be ragged in appearance. Dresses, shorts or skirts must be at least thumb-tip length. (This is measured by having the child place their arms at their side. Hemlines should reach the thumb tip or longer.)
    • All tops must have a collar or crew neckline. They must be long enough to easily tuck into shorts, pants or skirts and cover undergarments and midriffs. Hats may be worn outdoors.

    Children should wear school clothes compatible with active play on PE days. Covered “athletic” type shoes are recommended all the time and are required for some units of physical education. Only shoes that have non-marking soles are allowed for use on the tennis courts. For swimming in grades 3–5, students wear their own swimsuit or swim shorts.
    Parents may want to consider having a pair of shoes kept at school for PE activities and field trips. The PE teachers also recommend that children wear sunscreen daily.
  • Grades 6 – 8

    Punahou expects students in grades 6–8 to wear clothing that is neat, clean and appropriate in a school setting.

    • Tops must have modest necklines and cover the midriff. They must be long enough to easily tuck into shorts, pants or skirts. Strapless, spaghetti straps, tank tops, halter tops and racerback styles are not appropriate unless covered by an outer garment such as a shirt, sweater or jacket.
    • Bottoms (shorts, dresses, skirts, pants) must be at least fingertip length.
    • No portion of a student’s underwear may be visible.
    • Clothing with offensive images or language is not permitted.
    • Hats may not be worn inside.
    • Footwear is required at all times.
  • Grades 9 – 12

    Section 1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times. Clothes must be worn in a way such that pelvic region, buttocks and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

    Section 2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

    • A shirt (with fabric in the front, back and on the sides under the arms or a dress), AND
    • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, shorts, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress, a jumper or romper), AND
    • Their school-assigned current student identification badge visible above the waist (IDs are only required during school days from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., not at other school events such as prom or Carnival).

    *Experiences that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, PE, speech and debate, travel programs, etc…) may include assignment-specific dress. Shoes are also required in some specific activities (for example, glassblowing, science and DT labs and athletic shoes for PE).

    Section 3. Students May Not Wear:

    • Hats or hoods in chapel, assembly or classes
    • Violent language or images, hate speech, profanity or pornography
    • Images or language depicting any illegal item or activity (including drugs and alcohol
    • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment
    • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed)
    • Any item that obscures the face (except as a religious observance or for health-related reasons).

    Section 4. Dress Code Enforcement
    To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school administration and staff will follow the following guidelines:

    • Students may be removed from learning environments (classes, the Learning Commons, outdoor spaces, etc…)  as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 3 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 3 will be provided two (2) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:
    • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school OR
    • Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
    • No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type or body maturity.

    These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as athletic events, dances, prom and Carnival.
    Students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code should contact the Assistant Principal for Student Life & Athletics.

    Students are required to wear PE uniforms (shorts and T-shirt available for purchase at the Punahou Bookstore) and athletic shoes. Only shoes that have non-marking soles are allowed for use on PE facility floors and tennis courts. For swimming units, students wear their own swimsuit or swim shorts.


Attire and grooming that are deemed inappropriate will be reported to deans, who will assign demerits based on the number of previous violations. Students who establish a pattern of violations may have the privilege of working off demerits revoked, and habitual disregard for this policy may result in disciplinary action.
If in doubt whether clothing is approved, students can consult with deans. Deans’ decisions on the appropriateness of attire will be considered final.
This policy is in effect on campus on school days during the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It is also in effect during Summer School.