Extended Learning
Co-Curricular Programs


In Karate, students engage in physical, mental and emotional learning opportunities in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment.

They gain strength and flexibility. The Karate program develops and promotes coordination, self-confidence, discipline and respect for self and others.

Program Dates for 2023 - 2024

Fall Semester: Aug. 21 - Dec. 15, 2023
Spring Semester: Jan. 8 - May 10, 2024

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  • What to expect

    Karate is a martial arts program for students in grades 1 – 5 that focuses on character development and physical fitness while students learn basic to intermediate skills. Classes are appropriate for students who are learning karate for the first time and for returning color belt students.

    Students are taught the traditional style of Shito-Ryu Karate through proper techniques, stances, movement, and concentration.

Additional Information

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  • Days, Times and Fees

    Classes are only held on days when the Junior School is in session. See the course catalog for specific times and fees.
  • Escorting

    Parents enrolling grades 1 – 5 students should review the information about escorting.
  • Faculty

    Sensei Mari Kaneshiro has been studying karate for over 45 years and currently holds a sixth degree black belt. As one of International Karate Federation’s top instructors, Sensei Mari teaches at various locations, including Maryknoll, Kahala, Palolo, and Kaimuki dojos. She has won numerous awards, including national and world titles. Sensei Mari is an officer of the National AAU Karate Referee Council.

    Junior instructors and teaching assistants also assist with instruction.

    Mari Kaneshiro

    Co-Curricurlar Programs
The admission of any student in the School’s extended learning programs is at the sole and absolute 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.

Co-Curricular Programs Office

Bishop Hall
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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