Life at Punahou

The S+Well

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  • Punahou Academy School Counseling & Community Resources

The teachers and counselors of the S+Well Department, which stands for Support and Wellness, encourage everyone in the Punahou community to find a healthy balance in life.

The S+Well Department offers a range of students services including, counseling, learning support, responsive services, advisory, and study hall. They also offer both required and elective courses in psychology and social emotional and ethical learning.

The department’s location in Alexander Hall, a technology- and conversation-free zone, is a comfortable and calm setting for students to reset, refresh and recalibrate during their day.

School Counseling

During distance learning, virtual counseling services are available. Students can meet with a school counselor via Webex.

Counselors are available during the school day from 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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  • Why See a Counselor?

    Possible reasons to see a counselor:
    • Stress and anxiety
    • Changes in mood and/or behavior (e.g., sleep, eating habits)
    • Friends/peer relationships; dating relationships
    • Family issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Multicultural and diversity inclusion concerns
    • Academic concerns
    • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

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  • Tip of the Month - October

    Our intention for October aligns with our value of Kuleana-Responsibility. As we help others and take responsibility for our actions, we are also helping ourselves.  When we accept our responsibility we act with deliberate intent and that includes responsibility for our own well being as well as for our community. How can we together handle uncertainty? We can focus on what we can control. We can experience what we are feeling and ask ourselves if we can do anything in that moment to fix it. If not we have to learn how to let it go until we can fix it. In the meantime, we can prepare for different possibilities. It is tough to live with uncertainty! Our brains are not wired to sit with it, we want solutions and answers. Something we do know is we have a responsibility to each other. 

    Ask yourself today: What is something I can do each day to help someone in my community? 

Resources for Immediate Support (24/7)

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  • Emergency: Call 911

  • Crisis Hotline: text ALOHA to 741741

  • ACCESS Crisis Line (O'ahu): 808.832.3100

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 808.273-TALK (8255)

  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1.866.488.7386

  • Sex Abuse Treatment Center: 808.524.7273

  • Hawai'i Child Welfare Services: 808.832.5300

The S+Well Counselors

The S+Well counselors include licensed counselors and licensed mental health clinicians:
  • Kimee Cruz-Kalahiki
  • Stephanie Passamonte
  • Chaplain George Scott
  • Dr. Tracie Takeshita


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