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.”  

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 (July session only)
  • Opportunities to create friendships and familiarity with Punahou
    *Activities vary year to year

The  experience begins with a welcome breakfast and culminates on Friday afternoon with a closing 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 2020

Session 1:

Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12
(no program Thursday, June 11, Kamehameha Day holiday)
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Course: #20111

Session 2:

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24
Program: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Course: #20112

Program Events (families are welcome)

Monday, June 8 and Monday, July 20
8 – 8:45 a.m. - Welcome Breakfast (Dole Hall)
9 – 9:30 a.m. - Tour of Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 (optional for parents, grandparents, siblings)

Friday, June 12 and Friday, July 20
1 – 3 p.m. - Closing Pa‘ina 

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 6.

Registration Deadline Thursday, April 15.

Family Information


Summer 2020

Session 1:

Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12
(no program Thursday, June 11, Kamehameha Day holiday)

Session 2:

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24

Registration for Summer 2020 will begin in March 2020. 

Family Resources


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

The admission of any student in the Summer School programs is at the sole discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws.  Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School.  Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current.  All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.