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 activities in past experiences include:

  • Campus explorations to Rocky Hill, the new Kosasa Community for Grades 2 - 5, Waterhouse pool, Thurston Memorial Chapel
  • Fishing in the Lily Pond
  • Hula and mele
  • Punahou lore – songs, history, cheers
  • Makahiki games
  • A field trip and service learning opportunity
  • Opportunities to create friendships and familiarity with Punahou
    *Activities vary year to year

The week’s experience begins with a welcome breakfast and culminates on Friday afternoon with a closing chapel and pa‘ina where the children will share many of the things they have learned over the course of the week. E kipa mai iā Punahou.

The program is designed for students entering grades 1 - 5 in the fall, and exceptions may be made for older siblings (up to grade 7). Eligible students must be non-O‘ahu residents who are children/grandchildren of alumni. Cost includes daily lunches and snacks, field trip, water bottle and materials for all activities.

Summer 2019

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Program Events (families are welcome)

Monday, July 22
8 – 8:45 a.m. - Welcome Breakfast (Dole Hall)
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Tour of Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 (optional for parents, grandparents, siblings)

Friday, July 26
1 – 3 p.m. - Closing Chapel and pa‘ina (Chapel and P.E. Pavilion)

Course Details

July 22 – 26, 2019
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Course: #20112

To Enroll

Use the course number noted above to register online for Punahou Summer School. Payment is due within 7 business days of submitting online registration.

Enrollment for visiting students begins on March 1.

Registration Deadline Tuesday, April 30.

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. 

If your keiki arrives after 8:55 a.m., please bring them to the Summer School office, where staff can assist in locating the class and escorting your keiki to the group. If your keiki is not picked up by 3:15 p.m., please collect them from the Summer School office.

The Summer School office is located on the second floor of Bishop Hall, and Grades 4 and 5 drop‐off/pickup is identified 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. An assortment of sandwiches, chips, fruit and juice or water will be served. A vegetarian option is available upon request. If your keiki has a food allergy or does not eat certain foods, please provide a home lunch for them.

Punahou School will be providing water bottles for the keiki, so they do not need to bring one.


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, they will be sent to the Punahou Health Center, and 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 for U.S. Mainland and International students attending Punahou Summer program. 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. Students who previously attended Punahou Summer School program and have TB documentation on file do not need to provide a new clearance form.

Participation and Behavior Policy

Children are expected to participate in activities and be on good behavior at all times during the program. If my child demonstrates unacceptable behavior that includes disorderly conduct or actions that jeopardizes the safety and well being of others in the program, he/she will be dismissed from the program immediately at the discretion of Punahou School staff without refund. More details are available in the Citizenship, Guidance and Discipline section of the Summer School Handbook.


Summer 2019
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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