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 - December

    The month of December brings us to the last month of the year. Our Chapel theme is Mana’o’i’o (faith, hope, trust). Many of our students shared that during this time of the pandemic they find that they are more grateful than before. This time surely has made us appreciate all the little things. We as a community recognize that regardless of the challenges we have faced, one thing is certain our community is resilient. Through all of our challenges we have remained faithful and hopeful. #PunahouStrong
    Before the year ends, create a symbol of hope for your family. It could be a # (e.g., #PunahouStrong), it could be a quote (Do what you can with what you have where you are. - T. Roosevelt) or it could be a family song. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something to remind each of you that you are in this together and you'll get through this together.

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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