Activities and Opportunities

Beyond the standard schoolday, Punahou students have a wide range of opportunities to discover passions, challenge themselves, make friends, support the community, explore the world and just have fun.


Athletics is an integral part of the academic experience at Punahou School. With over 120 teams competing in 21 different sports at intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels, there is tremendous opportunity for participation.

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Carnival is a a campus-wide effort, offering leadership opportunities and bonding experiences for the entire Punahou community, in support of this iconic financial aid fundraising event.

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Students in grades 5 – 12 have the opportunity to participate in a diverse number of clubs, informal groups organized around shared interests with the support of a faculty advisor.

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Offered as a 4-year progression of Academy courses, JROTC offers competitive appointments to West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy to outstanding cadets who qualify.

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May Day and Holoku

The annual May Day and Holokū program is one of the School’s most popular spring traditions, offering students from K – 12 the opportunity to learn and perform mele, oli and hula. All students from kindergarten through grade 5 participate in the May Day program; participation is optional for Middle School and Academy students.

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Service and Social Entrepreneurship

Social responsibility is a significant aspect of Punahou’s culture, as well as its curriculum. There are always opportunities to volunteer in service of the community, or to explore entrepreneurial solutions to social problems.

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Student Jobs

Punahou's Student Employment Program provides valuable work experience, along with the opportunity to earn a modest income. A student’s work should complement academic and extracurricular portfolios, and is designed to help the student acquire experience and skills attractive to colleges or future employers.

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Travel and Exchange

Recognizing that learning in global environments can be both academically and personally enriching, Punahou offers its students a wide array of globally focused programs both on island and away. Students also have travel opportunities through athletics teams, musical ensembles and other groups.

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