Punahou School


Punahou School

In the new Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 - 5, students broaden their study of Hawaiian culture through the care of one of several native Hawaiian gardens on campus.
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Jim Scott, President

Punahou School’s vibrant K - 12 community celebrates diversity, inspires many paths to success and connects students for life. At Punahou, we embrace school, life and the world as one big classroom. And we believe every moment, person, conversation and experience holds the potential to help students discover new perspectives, and succeed in school and beyond. 


A Personalized Journey

From their earliest years, students are guided to chart and navigate journeys that are unique and completely their own. Caring and accomplished faculty show them that their ideas and opinions matter, and it’s through a child’s interests, questions and creativity that they shape a path with confidence and independent thought.


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Through virtual reality, sixth-graders are transported to communities across the globe to build empathy for others as part of the design-thinking process.


Open Doors and Open Minds

Punahou’s significant size provides a breadth and depth of opportunities, which inspire the development of personal interests, talents and passions. This exceptional diversity of choice drives the personalized learning experience that is inquiry-driven and teacher-guided. 


A Unique Place

Punahou’s campus, built on the historic lands of Ka Punahou, offers a physical extension of the school’s educational philosophy. Outdoor and indoor spaces inspire and support inquiry and discovery, from gardens, playgrounds, robotics labs and collaborative spaces to the outstanding athletic and arts facilities.


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In an exploration of sound waves in Academy Physics classes, students use precise laser cutters and other state-of-the-art machinery to build ‘ukulele. The instruments are then donated to a nonprofit organization that supports music therapy for hospitalized children.


Welcoming a Diverse Community

Students are admitted to Punahou based on their potential to thrive, not on their family’s ability to pay. Punahou values a diverse learning community, in which core skills are fostered by different voices and perspectives, preparing students for their futures. To support families who could not otherwise afford a Punahou education, Punahou offers a robust financial aid program.


1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, (808) 944-5714, Punahou.edu