Extended Learning
Summer Programs

Registration and Policies

2023 Summer Programs Registration Dates

February 15 at noon
Summer Programs Course Catalog available

February 24 at noon – February 27 at 8 p.m.
Current Punahou students, entering grades 1 – 3

February 28 at noon – March 1 at 8 p.m.
Current Punahou students, entering grades 4 – 5

March 2 at noon – March 5 at 8 p.m.
Current Punahou students, entering grades 6 – 8

March 6 at noon – March 7 at 8 p.m.
Current Punahou students, entering grades 9 – 12

March 8 at noon – March 9 at 8 p.m.
Siblings of current Punahou students

March 10 at noon
Visiting Family Registration begins

April 17 at 4 p.m.
Registration Deadline

*Punahou families who miss their initial grade-level priority registration period will be able to register during subsequent phases.
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. Listed courses are also subject to enrollment and may be closed if full or cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.


Summer Programs Office
K – 8 and non-credit Academy courses
Bishop Hall
808.943.3693 Fax

Academy Summer School Office
9 – 12 Academy Credit Bearing Courses


List of 12 items.

  • Absences/Attendance

    As members of a dynamic community, students are expected to be present when the summer programs are in session.  It is highly recommended that students should not miss more than one week of the summer session regardless of when the absence may occur.  

    If your child will be absent from school, their attendance for the day will be captured through your completion of the Absence Reporting App.  The Absence Reporting App is to be used for reporting an illness or injury to the school.  This app is also used to report a COVID infection or an out of school exposure to the school.  You do not need to contact your child’s teacher or attendance office once you have reported the absence for the day.  

    Please complete the Absence Report prior to 8 a.m. for each day your child is absent. Absences for reasons other than illness and injury should be reported to the Summer School Attendance office and to each program office related to your child’s absence.

    Summer Attendance Office
    Summer Programs (K - 8 & non-credit Academy courses): summerattendance@punahou.edu or 808.943.3200

    Other Programs
    Academy Summer School (Gr. 9 - 12 credit bearing courses): acadss@punahou.edu or 808.944.5814
    Aquatics,Swim School, Swim Team, Water Polo: paq@punahou.edu or 808.944.5835
    Dance School: danceschool@punahou.edu or 808.944.5829
    Language: wolanguage@punahou.edu or 808.944.5871
    Music School: musicschool@punahou.edu or 808.944-5829
    SAT Prep: sat@punahou.edu or 808.943.3648
    Tennis School: tennisschool@punahou.edu or 808.944.5835
    Theatre: theatre@punahou.edu or 808.943.3295

    Extended Absences
    Due to the unique design of our summer classes, distance learning options will not be provided to students needing an extended absence. Depending on the student’s grade,  teachers may be able to provide work for students.  Refunds for missed Summer Programs classes due to extended absences will not be provided.

    Summer Private and Partner Lesson Attendance Policy
    Language, Music and Tennis

    With the exception of lesson cancellations initiated by the school or instructor, make-up lessons or refunds are not provided for summer private or partner lesson absences.
  • Age Requirements

    Entering Kindergarten students must meet the age requirements as noted below.

    Boys: Born between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018
    Girls: Born between August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018
  • Cancellations and Withdrawals

    Once the registration has been submitted, courses are confirmed, and non-refundable cancellation fees will apply.  

    Requests for cancellations or course changes should be emailed to the Summer Programs office at summerprograms@punahou.edu. Requests will be processed in the order received and enrollment will be subject to availability.

    For course cancellations:
    • On or Before April 17 - $50 cancellation fee per course
    • After April 17 - Prior to Start Date - 50% of tuition
    • No refund after Course Start Date  
    For complete withdrawals:
    • On or Before April 17 - flat $100
    • After April 17 - Prior to Start Date - 50% of total tuition
    • No refund after Course Start Date
    Private and Partner Lessons:
    • Prior to First Lesson: Full refund, less a $50 fee
    • On or after first lesson: Pro-rata refund, less a $50 fee

  • Drop Off

    Morning drop off will begin at 7 a.m. for kindergarten - grade 8 students who have a class that starts at 8 a.m. There is no supervision before 7 a.m. Students must remain in their vehicles until supervision begins.  

    Students whose first class starts at 10:10 a.m. may be dropped off at their designated grade level drop off locations between 9:50 – 10:10 a.m.  Supervision at the drop off will be provided during this time. 

    Programs will coordinate drop off and pickup locations for kindergarten – grade 5 students coming to campus if they are enrolled in an afternoon class or lesson only.  Parents must remain in their car and are not allowed to escort their child to class.
  • Escorting and Supervision Kindergarten – Grade 8

    Aligning with the school’s supervision policies, kindergarten – grade 8 students will not be allowed to remain on campus unsupervised at any time.  Families must enroll their children in Afternoon Enrichment (K – 5) or Middle School Supervision (6 – 8) if they are not able to pick up students within 30 minutes of their last class OR if there is a break longer than 15 minutes before or after their classes.

    Kindergarten – Grade 5
    Students enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment will be escorted to and from their afternoon classes/lessons. The last escort will be for classes or lessons beginning at 5:30 p.m. The last return to Afternoon Enrichment would be for classes or lessons ending at 5:15 p.m.

    Afternoon Enrichment Extended Care (3 - 5:30 p.m.) is also available for grades 2 – 5 students who have a class or activity that ends at 2:50 p.m. or later and need supervision until 5:30 p.m.
    Kindergarten – grade 5 students are not allowed to walk themselves to and from their afternoon classes and lessons. Only students enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment will be escorted to their afternoon classes. A minimum of 30 minutes transition time is required between activities.
    Students in Kindergarten - grade 5 who are not registered in Afternoon Enrichment and have a 1 p.m. class or activity will be automatically be enrolled in “Supervised Period” from noon – 1 p.m. to ensure they are accounted for and have a safe place to eat their lunch. At 12:45 p.m. students will be escorted by their teacher or teaching aide to class. Students must be enrolled in a course immediately prior to the start of the Supervised Period to qualify. This program is offered at no cost to families.  Lunch is not included.
    Students enrolled in the 1 p.m. section of Art of Entrepreneurship, Aquatic Sports, Chess, Fun in the Sun and Game Academy 2D: Foundations classes are eligible to register for the Afternoon Lunch Option for an additional fee during the registration process.  Students enrolled in other 1 p.m. classes must bring lunch from home.

    Grades 6 – 8
    Supervision is offered during the summer session for students in grades 6 – 8 if they must remain on campus for an afternoon class, lesson, or practice. Students enrolled in a 1 p.m. class may bring home lunch or purchase lunch from the Bishop Hall snack bar and eat in designated supervised areas from noon – 12:45 p.m.  

    Middle School Supervision will be offered at 1 - 2:50 p.m. and 3 - 5:30 p.m. where students will be provided with the opportunity to engage in age appropriate games and activities. In order to account for the whereabouts of each student and support the health and safety of our community, registration is required, and attendance will be taken at the start of each class.
    Students are allowed to independently walk themselves to and from their afternoon activities/lessons from Middle School Supervision. Students are expected to remain in supervision until their designated pickup person arrives at the pickup area.  Parents may authorize their child to sign themselves out of supervision and walk off campus by emailing the Summer Attendance office at summerattendance@punahou.edu.
  • Late Registration

    Once the registration deadline has passed, requests for late registrations should be emailed to the Summer Programs Office at summerprograms@punahou.edu.  Requests will be processed in the order received, and students will be registered on a space-available basis. A non-refundable $50 per student late fee will be charged at the time of enrollment.
  • Lunch and Snacks

    Kindergarten – Grade 5
    Kindergarten – grade 5 students who are enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment from noon – 5:30 p.m. or in a 1 p.m. class that meets everyday are eligible to register for the Afternoon Lunch Option.  Students must also be enrolled in a morning class prior to noon to qualify.  Regular or vegetarian options are available for an additional fee during the registration process.  Families with hearty eaters should consider packing additional food for their child, as the school lunch program includes only one serving for each child. Deadline to register for lunch is May 11, 2023.
    There will be no access to refrigerators or microwaves to keep cool or heat up food brought from home. 
    K - 1 students will be provided a morning snack, and an afternoon snack, (if they are enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment).

    Grades 6 – 8
    Grades 6 - 8 students who need to remain on campus for an afternoon class, lesson or practice will have a lunch break from noon - 12:45 p.m. Students may bring lunch from home or purchase lunch from the snack bar and eat in designated supervised areas in Case Middle School.  See snack bar section for more information.

    There will be no access to refrigerators to keep items cool or microwaves to heat up food brought from home.

    Students should pack a snack and a water bottle each day.
  • Out-of-State/International/Homeschool Students

    English Proficiency
    Punahou Summer Programs do not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. It is required that all students have the ability to understand and communicate (i.e.; read, write, speak) in English at their appropriate grade level. This will ensure the safety of each student and enable your child to have a positive summer experience. We are unable to provide accommodations for English language learners, and the school reserves the right to modify schedules or remove students from courses if it deems appropriate.

    Hawaii State Department of Health Requirements for Schools
    International, continental U.S. residents, and home-schooled students must meet the State of Hawai`i assessment requirements and provide a TB clearance that has been administered within 12 months prior to the start of the summer session.  Students who have a Summer 2022 TB form on file with Punahou School do not need to submit a new form for Summer 2023.

    All applicants must have a U.S. licensed physician, NP, APRN, or PA complete and sign the 2023 Punahou Summer Programs Tuberculosis form to confirm that the student is free from TB. The Hawai‘i Department of Health Form will also be accepted.

    The following are acceptable forms of TB screens or tests.
    • Negative Risk Screen – for students who have been residing in the U.S. only.
    • Negative TB skin test (Mantoux) – This test must be performed in the U.S. or on U.S soil (e.g., U.S. military base) by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.
    • Quantiferon Gold blood test/ T-Spot Test– These tests can be performed in the U.S. and in most foreign countries.  If the test is not performed in the U.S., results can be submitted to any Hawaii Department of Health Public Health Clinics or to a U.S. licensed physician who will provide a U.S. issued TB clearance.
    • Positive TB test and Negative Chest X-Ray – The chest x-ray must be performed in the U.S. by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.
    Students will not be allowed to attend summer classes until TB documentation has been received and approved by the School. 
    Summer Program Dates:
    • Early Session (Tuesday, June 13 - Friday, June 16) - TB form due by June 1, 2023.
    • Summer Session (Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, July 21) - TB form due by June 1, 2023.
    • Extended Session (Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28) - TB form due by July 10, 2023.

    Medical/Travel Insurance

    We request that International and Continental U.S. students have medical and/or travel insurance for the safety of their child and to ensure proper medical care.
  • Pickup

    Student name placards will be utilized in the K - 8 pickup process, and every family should have their placards prominently displayed on their vehicle dashboard when they arrive on campus for pickup. Placards will be mailed with course confirmation information in early June.  

    Students must be picked up within 30 minutes after their morning dismissal time. If you are unable to pick up your child within this window, please enroll them in Afternoon Enrichment or Middle School Supervision.
  • Recess Break

    Grades 4 - 8 students who are enrolled in two morning classes will have a twenty-minute supervised recess from 9:50 – 10:10 a.m. daily.  
  • Snack Bar

    The snack bar is available to grades 6 – 8 students and will be located on the second-floor of Bishop Hall. It will be open from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily from June 20 – July 21. Students will find breakfast selections, a variety of cold food and snack items as well as limited hot lunch items.  

    Current Punahou students must use their student ID card to make snack bar purchases. Visiting and newly enrolled students will need to purchase a reloadable Grinders Card for $20 (cash only).  Families will have the opportunity to purchase the Grinders Card at the grades 6 – 8 family open house or from the snack bar on the first day of school.

    Menu selections and snack bar offerings will be posted on our Summer Programs homepage just prior to the start of the summer session.
  • Waitlists

    Waitlists are processed as spaces become available. Families will be contacted when an opening occurs. All waitlist registrations will be cleared by May 19, 2023.

    Kindergarten Experience Waitlist: Waitlist priority will be given to new incoming 2023 – 2024 Punahou students, and based on the order in which families complete the Punahou enrollment process.