At Punahou School, we are committed to providing an environment where students can develop moral and spiritual values consistent with the Christian principles on which Punahou was founded, affirming the worth and dignity of each individual; develop intellectual, academic and physical potential to the fullest degree, preparing them for college and for challenges facing them now and in the future; develop and enhance creativity and appreciation of the arts; and appreciate cultural diversity and develop social responsibility.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 3,751 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,716
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 15 / Oct. 31

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Punahou School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for:

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
3,751 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 71%
Students by Grade
Punahou School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
330 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses
15 courses
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Oct. 15 / Oct. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Betsy Hata


School Notes

  • For nearly 180 years, Punahou School has educated students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators. Through world-class academic and co-curricular programs from kindergarten through grade 12, we encourage students to cultivate their interests and talents, aim for their highest potential and become positive forces in the world. As one of the country`s largest independent schools, with an enrollment that exceeds 3,700, we foster a well-rounded education that extends throughout one`s lifetime.
  • Dedicated Teachers 
  • Our teachers and administrators distinguish themselves not only with their educational credentials and experience, but with their commitment and dedication to students and the School. The Punahou community, which includes students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni and others, has long been a force, united by their collective support for the School.
  • Innovative Learning Environments
  • In recent years, Punahou has rebuilt or renovated a significant part of its campus to offer cutting-edge, reimagined learning environments. These thoughtfully planned, technologically advanced and highly sustainable facilities offer indoor and outdoor spaces that allow students to develop skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Preparing Students for a Changing World
  • Punahou`s primary mission is to shape students into educated, capable and giving people who have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college, and ultimately contribute to the world. While Punahou remains committed to its longstanding excellence in core subjects such as math, English and science, the School also prepares students for the changing world and careers of the future by teaching students at all grade levels how to be adaptable, creative, collaborative and innovative.
  • For more information, please click here to learn more about our community and programs.
Profile last updated: 02/16/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 3,751 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,716
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 15 / Oct. 31

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The average private school tuition in Honolulu, HI is $15,600 for elementary schools and $19,077 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu, HI is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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