Punahou Health Response

Reports of COVID Infections

The data below reflect the number of reports of COVID infections during the past week.

Kindergarten – Grade 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12

Health Policies for School Year 2022 – 2023

In preparation for the new school year, please review our new health policies related to COVID-19, which were sent to all parents on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. These policies are the result of the School’s alignment with new Hawaii Department of Health Guidelines for Schools issued in July.

These policies take effect August 17, 2022. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these policies ahead of the first day of school and discuss them with your children as appropriate.

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
  • Robert Gelber, Director of Communications
  • 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, 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: