Alumni Keiki Experience

Hosted by the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA), Office of Alumni Relations, Summer School and designed by a group of Case Middle School faculty, this program is a special opportunity for children of alumni who do not reside on O‘ahu to enjoy the wonder of Punahou in a week-long course called the “Alumni Keiki Experience.” An exciting week of activities and experiences both on and off campus, the program is themed ‘Ūlili Ho‘okama o Kapunahou (the adopted wandering tattler of Kapunahou). Just as the ‘ūlili bird is migratory, so too are the children of our alumni, who come to Hawai‘i to learn at Kapunahou, then return home rejuvenated, refreshed and satisfied. Ho‘okama is an endearing term to acknowledge a hānai child (or adult) who is cared for and treated as ‘ohana.

Examples of previous program activities are:

  • Campus explorations – Rocky Hill, Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, Waterhouse Pool, Thurston Chapel 
  • Fishing in the Lily Pond 
  • Hula and mele
  • Punahou lore – songs, history, cheers 
  • Makahiki and lū‘au 
  • Science activities – building and paddling a canoe, building marshmallow domes, flying toys
  • A field trip and service learning opportunity
  • Opportunities to create friendships and familiarity with Punahou

This program is for students entering first through fifth grade in the fall.  Cost includes local style lunches and snacks, field trip, water bottle and materials for all activities.

Summer 2018

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration is full.

Program Events (families are welcome)

Monday, July 23
8 – 8:45 a.m. - Welcome Breakfast (Dole Hall)
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. - Tour of Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 (Optional for parents, grandparents, siblings)

Friday, July 27
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Closing Chapel and Lūʻau (Chapel and Dole Hall)

Family Information

Pickup and Drop-off

Drop-off and pickup will be at Case Middle School Grades 4 and 5 drop-off/pickup area. A kumu (teacher) will greet/accompany your keiki and escort them to/from the classroom. You may drop your keiki off between 8:40 – 8:55 a.m. and pick them up between 3 – 3:15 p.m. 

Grades 4 and 5 drop-off and pickup location is area “D,” and the Summer School office is located on the second floor of Bishop Hall on the campus map.

Swim and Sun Gear

Please apply sunscreen daily to your keiki before school. If they have sun-sensitive skin and need to reapply throughout the day, please pack sunscreen in their bag and notify the kumu.

We will be doing a swim test in the pool on the first day to assess your child’s swimming ability. We will be swimming most days of the week so please pack a dry towel, swim clothes, extra clothes and plastic bag for your child each day.


Lunch is provided daily from the cafeteria (menu included in student information form). If your keiki has a food allergy or does not eat certain foods, please provide a home lunch on that day. Otherwise, please indicate on the student information form the days that your child will require lunch from the cafeteria.


In order to protect and ensure the health and safety of our keiki, all students must be “fever free” for 24 hours prior to readmission to school. Any student who has a cold, sore throat, fever or is not well should not be sent to school. When a child becomes ill at school, it is a parent's responsibility to take the child home.

TB Test

A completed negative mantoux TB test is required before school attendance is allowed. Results of the TB test and completed form must be submitted to the Summer School office before the start of the program in order for your child to participate. Original documents are required, but scan/email results may be advanced. Testing must be performed on U.S. soil.


Summer 2018
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration is full.

Registration for Summer 2019 will begin in March 2019. 

Family Resources


Summer School Program Office
K – 8 and noncredit Academy courses
Bishop Hall
808.943.3693 Fax