Life at Punahou

The S+Well

The S+Well Counselors

The S+Well counselors have backgrounds in school counseling, social work and clinical psychology:

  • Kimee Cruz-Kalahiki
  • Stephanie Passamonte
  • Chaplain George Scott
  • Dr. Tracie Takeshita
  • Bennett Valencia


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  • General Inquiries

    Dr. Maureen MacLeod, department chair
  • Student Services (counseling and learning support)

    Dr. Tracie Takeshita, psychologist, department chair

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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

Individual counseling services are available in the S+Well counseling center in Alexander Hall. 

Counselors are available during the school day from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Resources for Immediate Support

  • Emergency: Call 911
  • Crisis Hotline: text ALOHA to 741741
  • ACCESS Crisis Line (Oʻahu): 808.832.3100
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 808.273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1.866.488.7386
  • Sex Abuse Treatment Center: 808.524.7273
  • Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Services: 808.832.5300

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  • Tip of the Month – August

    Stay woke!

    This slang phrase is fitting as we start the new school year in our new normal. The definition of the phrase means to be aware, strive with purpose to be better. Our Chapel introduces their new year of Awakening. We hope that this new year brings us all to a place of awareness and being present to all of our blessings. There is a new school year energy on campus and it feels hopeful. While we are excited, let’s also be mindful of staying well. As a community let’s intentionally check in with each other and be present. We do not need to rush and just jump back into how life was pre-COVID. The reality is as we continue to overcome the challenges the pandemic has given us we should really ease into our present lives. Our busy lives will always be busy but how we manage it will be key. For our community being able to be together again has brought so many “sm-eyes” (smiling eyes) on campus and it is clear that our community will not take that for granted.

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  • Why See a Counselor?

    Possible reasons to see a counselor:
    • Identify coping strategies
    • Prioritize wellness
    • 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