Punahou Health Response

School Community

Junior School Summer School

  • his week three individuals in our summer program reported an exposure to a person infected with COVID-19. All of the affected members are safely quarantining at home and remain asymptomatic. There were no known exposure incidents on campus this week.

Updated July 26, 2021

Academy Summer School

  • There were no notifications of exposures or infections among participants in this program. There were no known exposure events on campus this week.

Updated July 26, 2021

Summer Athletics

  • This week two members of this program reported a diagnosis of COVID-19. One individual was not on campus while infectious and is recovering well. The second individual did come on campus before symptoms started and during a likely infectious period. Those who were exposed were notified, and those who were fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine.

Updated July 26, 2021

Return to Campus Policies

Updated as of April 11, 2022

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: 2021 – 2022

Updated as of March 28, 2022

Return to Athletics Plan: 2021 – 2022

Updated as of August 13, 2021

Pandemic Response Team

Across our School, teachers, staff, parents and students have demonstrated extraordinary resilience in adapting to new and often challenging conditions. As health conditions continue to steadily improve in Hawai‘i and businesses and schools prepare to reopen, we look forward to once again welcoming students, faculty and staff back to our beautiful campus.

Our planning effort has been guided by the thoughtful work of the Pandemic Response Team, a task force composed of faculty and staff representing the entire K – 12 campus:

  • Raquel “Kelly” Hicks (Co-chair), Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Richelle Asselstine (Co-chair), Health Center Director
  • James Kakos, Academy Assistant Principal
  • Virginia Loo, Director of Analytics and Planning
  • Jim LaClair, Chief Information Officer
  • Todd Funasaki, Director of Technology Services
  • Robert Gelber, Director of Communications
  • Tony Tran, Associate Director, Human Resources
  • Cheryl Prather, Associate Director of Communications
  • Charlotte Kamikawa, Director of Physical Plant
  • Jon Koshiba, Academy Dean
  • Denise Hoke, Assistant Treasurer
  • Shige Minami, Infrastructure Technology Director
  • Anna Liem, Academy Academic Services Coordinator
  • Chase Mitsuda, Junior School Assistant Principal
  • Todd Chow-Hoy, Junior School Principal
  • Darryl Funai, Interim Head Athletic Trainer
  • Trisha Caley, Academy Assistant Principal
  • Reet Ashford-Hirano, Academy Dean
  • Andy Nelson, Outdoor Education Coordinator
  • Erika Buder-Nakasone, Executive Assistant, Athletics Department


If you have any questions or concerns about School policy, please contact: covidresponse@punahou.edu


We are aware that feelings of anxiety can be heightened in situations such as this. The American Psychological Association provides a helpful online guide for how to talk to children about difficult news.

Important Resources

The following websites provide important information about the spread of this disease along with overseas travel guidelines:

Avoiding Bias

Periods of pandemics are often accompanied by xenophobia and expressions of cultural insensitivity. These run contrary to Punahou’s core values and will not be tolerated in accordance with our school’s Code of Conduct.

The following resources help to dispel common myths and shed light on the ways in which our society might better respond to this outbreak: