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About Punahou

According to legend, an aged Hawaiian couple lived in Manoa and had to travel far for water. They prayed for a spring. In a dream, they were told to uproot the stump of an old hala tree. When they removed the tree stump, they uncovered a spring of clear, sweet water, which they named Ka Punahou (the New Spring).

Today, Punahou School is a coeducational college preparatory day school in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Our 3,750 students, in kindergarten through grade 12, reflect Hawaii's ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. The legend of Ka Punahou lives on in the Punahou seal, which depicts a hala tree and two taro leaves, and within the school itself, as the community looks to us as a source of educational excellence. Punahou is the largest independent school in the United States.

Currently, Punahou is divided into the Junior School (Kindergarten through grade 8) and the Academy (grades 9 through 12). The breadth and depth of the curriculum is supported by a robust wireless infrastructure and integrated technology tools, three libraries and a wide variety of media services. We also provide a rich and diverse arts program as well as a very successful athletic program that includes a long record of interscholastic athletic accomplishment for both boys and girls.

The Junior School (K-8) is composed of three sections with a principal and five supervisors overseeing approximately 2,000 students. These smaller, self-contained sections for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 are designed to meet the special needs of these groups of children. Supplemental education, such as outdoor and camp experiences, are also offered in the Junior School.

New facilities were completed in 2005 for grades 6-8 in the Case Middle School at Punahou. This expanded area of campus was designed to support an educational program designed specifically to meet the intellectual and social needs of early adolescents. The learning environment recognizes this developmental period through more intimate organizational structures, facilities more open to the environment and classroom and gathering spaces designed to encourage collaboration and integrated learning.

In the Academy, college preparatory graduation requirements include credits in English, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Performing Arts, and Community Service.

Each year, Punahou's senior class exceeds 430 students. More than ninety-six percent of our graduates go on to college.

Our alumni comprise an important part of Punahou's broad community. Today, our alumni number over 23,000, of whom about 45 percent live in Hawai`i.

Our School colors are buff and blue, representing the sand and the sea of Hawai`i. The school song is "O`ahu Wa."

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