Message from the President

Punahou honors the promise of its founding as a place where each child can realize his or her highest potential. The wisdom of our Hawaiian heritage grounds Punahou students in a unique identity and remarkable tradition. The bold vision of our educational mission inspires our students to discover their own gifts and set out to contribute meaningfully to the world around them.

Honoring our 175th anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on our past accomplishments and our future possibilities, Punahou is drawing upon its deep roots, its innovative tradition and its sense of purpose to reimagine its role as an educational thought leader over the coming years.

Focusing on three key areas of growth – People, Place and Purpose – the School is meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century with the same creative spirit that marked its founding.

We move forward and thrive because we know where we come from. Thanks to our singular story and our capacity for innovation, I believe that Punahou is uniquely and humbly called to share our educational wisdom and thoughtfulness with the world. Ku‘u Punahou, the first comprehensive campaign in our School’s history, will allow us to do so. By personally honoring how a Punahou education has shaped our lives, we each have the opportunity to help shape the future of education.

President James K. Scott ’70