Ka Punahou Society

The legend of Ka Punahou speaks of the spring at the heart of Punahou School, a center of nourishment and revitalization. This perpetual spring inspired the establishment of Ka Punahou Society in 1996 to honor and recognize Punahou’s planned giving donors. Their deferred gifts provide a lasting source of support for the School just as the waters of that spring do for the lands that surround it, and the School does for its students and alumni.

Planned giving donors play an important role in Punahou’s success. One of the first of these visionary individuals was trustee and Punahou parent Reverend Samuel Chenery Damon who left instructions in his will to endow financial aid at Punahou School. Since its establishment in 1885, the Reverend Samuel Chenery Damon Financial Aid Fund has helped hundreds of students afford a Punahou education. Throughout its history, Punahou School has been the fortunate beneficiary of many more planned gifts from donors who sought to make an enduring contribution to Punahou’s future.

KPS Donor Stories

Stories of Giving: Lani and Leighton '74 Lam
Lani and Leighton '74 Lam know there is something very special about the relationships and opportunities that the Punahou community nurtures. Although Leighton only attended Punahou for middle school, it was during that time he found his courage and confidence to discover his creative path.
The Life of the Land: Luanna Farden '56 and Peter McKenney

When Luanna Farden '56 and Peter McKenney chose to make a gift to Punahou to honor their late son David Ka'aumoana McKenney '83, they knew that it would bring certain themes together: land and water, learning, Hawaiian culture and joy.

Hugh Tennent '65

As a student, Hugh Tennent '65 didn't always realize how fortunate he was to attend Punahou. But after celebrating his 50th Class Reunion last summer, he chose to set up an endowed financial aid fund through his estate plan in honor of his parents, Valentine '37 and Jeanne Tennent, who made it possible for him to have a wonderful childhood.

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If you have provided for Punahou School in a planned gift but have not yet informed the School, please let us know.

Soon after, you will receive a letter welcoming you to Ka Punahou Society. Members are invited to special events and listed in the annual Giving to Punahou publication. If you wish, you may elect to be anonymous.

Members of Ka Punahou Society are part of Punahou’s long tradition of giving. If you wish to learn more about charitable gift planning or to advise Punahou of your intentions, please contact:

Carrie Ogami
Director of Gift Planning
808.944.5845
cogami@punahou.edu