Punahou is dedicated to honoring its Christian heritage in the midst of the school’s ethnically and religiously diverse community. An emphasis on moral and spiritual education and development pervades Punahou and can be experienced in classrooms, through community service programs and character education, in Chapel worship and worship-related experiences, and in the school’s ethos and daily life.
In partnership with the Trustees, faculty, staff and administrators, the Chaplains articulate and implement the mission of Punahou: to “develop moral and spiritual values consistent with the Christian principles on which Punahou was founded, affirming the worth and dignity of each individual” and to “appreciate cultural diversity and develop social responsibility.”
Chapel services are held each cycle encompassing kindergarten – grade 12. Attendance is mandatory. Punahou’s Chaplains conduct services which range from child-centered expressions planned by students to more multidimensional services addressing a broad range of topics and worship styles. Chapel services bring people of different religious, family and ethnic backgrounds together in an affirmation of common humanity, quest for meaning and a call to make a difference in God’s world.
Punahou's three full-time Chaplains have important roles in the community’s spiritual life. In addition to leading Chapel and the Character Education Program, they are also called upon to teach or guest lecture in classes, and are integral in the development of community service programs. Alumni and parents are encouraged to visit any of the regularly scheduled student chapel services. Special chapels, such as Kūpuna Day, Memorial Day, Christmas and Spring Programs are memorable and inspiring for all who attend.
Chaplains are not asked by the School to participate in disciplinary decisions. Students, faculty, staff and parents may thus discuss School or personal issues as well as spiritual concerns knowing that these matters will be kept confidential.
Punahou’s Thurston Memorial Chapel and Luke Center for Public Service welcome you to the 2019 – 2020 school year!
Ann Obatake ’83 Nishimura