About the Campaign

Ku‘u Punahou – the Power of Promise transformed every facet of Punahou School, from pedagogy to the physical environment, expanding our ability to graduate students who can realize their full potential and address issues confronting their community and the world.

With a goal of $175 million, Ku‘u Punahou is the first comprehensive campaign in the School’s history that simultaneously supported growth in three areas: People, Place and Purpose. Ku‘u Punahou helped Punahou deepen its thought leadership and be a partner to the educational community in Hawai‘i and abroad.

The campaign name is an affectionate way of saying ‘My Punahou’ in Hawaiian, and it called the school’s global network to both claim and imagine Punahou’s future together.

Campaign Goals by Priority
The Art of Teaching $10 million
A Diverse Learning Community $45 million
Reimagining Learning Environments $80 million
Inspiring Purpose $25 million
Sustaining the Promise of Punahou $15 million
TOTAL $175 million
Gift Planning $35 million

Planned gifts have supported Punahou School for more than 170 years, creating opportunities for generations in the near and distant future. Gift planning played an important role in this campaign as a way for individuals and families to make their estate plans a vehicle for philanthropy.

Endowment $60 million

This campaign was unlike any other in Punahou’s history because, in addition to raising funds for immediate use, the School aimed to add $60 million in new dollars to its endowment (distributed across various priorities). A strong endowment is a solid indicator of an institution’s financial health and ensures stable, long-term support for program, students and faculty in perpetuity.

Other Goals

In addition to funding key institutional priorities, the campaign had a number of outcomes not tied specifically to its financial goals. These included:

  • Enhancing Punahou’s visibility and profile nationally and globally as a leader and innovator in education;
  • Enhancing alumni engagement;
  • Increasing alumni and parent participation in philanthropy;
  • Strengthening the culture of philanthropy and volunteerism at Punahou and engaging a new generation of donors;
  • Sharing the School’s core values and aspirations for the next decade and beyond.
Campaign Steering Committee

Wendy B. Crabb, Punahou School Trustee
Duncan MacNaughton ’62, Punahou School Trustee
Kitty Sullivan ’75 Wo, Punahou School Trustee


Ethan D.B. Abbott ’72, Punahou School Trustee
Claire Olsen ’58 Johnson, Punahou School Trustee Emerita
Sharon Twigg-Smith, Punahou Volunteer
Jeffrey N. Watanabe, Punahou School Trustee


James K. Scott ’70, President
Kathryn Nelson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Noelehua Lyons ’91 Archambault, Senior Director of Development