Engaging children of promise in a learning environment dedicated to their self-discovery and growth has been the mission at
Implicit in the mission is a passionate dedication to the individual child. Through exceptionally diverse curricular and co-curricular choices, students are encouraged to uncover their talents and passions and become advocates for their own learning. As independent learners, students develop thoughtful judgment and refine their creativity through unparalleled opportunities and learn to value teamwork and collaboration
Punahou continually strives to serve the community of Hawai‘i. Offering admission to students of promise, the school seeks to enroll an ethnically and socio-economically diverse student body, valuing promise in academics, artistic ability, athletic prowess and social leadership, among others. Through the generosity of the school community, extensive resources are dedicated to ensuring that children admitted to Punahou can attend regardless of their financial circumstance. At the same time, teachers and curricular resources support students to manage the rigor and opportunity of the Punahou experience.
Entering the Academy, grades 9 – 12, students encounter an ever-broadening range of opportunities as they are encouraged to refine their own interests through elective classes, Advanced Placement programs and co-curricular choices. Punahou’s distinctive schedule motivates students to utilize free time for consulting and collaborating with teachers and classmates and challenges them to become managers of their own education.
In the classroom or the studio, through nationally-honored performing arts or an athletic program that Sports Illustrated ranks the best in the nation, Punahou nurtures compassion, creativity, independence and interdependence in its students.