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In Karate, students engage in physical, mental and emotional learning opportunities in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment. They gain strength and flexibility. The Karate program develops and promotes coordination, self-confidence, discipline and respect for self and others.

Karate is offered to Punahou students ONLY.

Program Dates for 2019 – 2020  
Fall semester 8/19/19 – 12/18/19
Spring semester 1/13/20 – 5/15/20

Karate is a martial arts program for Punahou students in grades 1 – 5 that focuses on character development and physical fitness while students learn basic to intermediate skills. Classes are appropriate for students who are learning karate for the first time, as well as for those who have participated in karate for a few years.

Students are taught the traditional style of Shito-Ryu Karate through proper movement, posture, breathing and concentration.

Kobudo (weapons) training will be introduced to students of the upper belt levels. Punahou provides the equipment for these sessions.

Classes are grouped by age and ability levels. 

Days, Times and Fees

Classes are only held on days when the Junior School is in session. See the course catalog or registration application for specific times and fees.

Escorting Grades 1 – 3

Parents enrolling grades 1 – 3 students should review the information about escorting.


Sensei Mari Kaneshiro has been studying karate for over 35 years and currently holds a fifth degree black belt. As one of International Karate Federation’s top instructors, Sensei Mari teaches at various locations, including Maryknoll, Kahala, Palolo, Pearl City and University. She has won numerous awards, including national and world titles. Sensei Mari is an officer of the National AAU Karate Referee Council.

Junior instructors and teaching assistants also assist with instruction.

Mari Kaneshiro

Norma Morichika

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Co-Curricular Programs Office
Bishop Hall
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The admission of any student in the School's after school programs is at the sole and absolute discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws. Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School. Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current. All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.