PAA Awards

Each year, the Punahou Alumni Association (PAA) honors a few exceptional alumni to recognize their outstanding contributions of leadership and service to Punahou.

Awards and Qualifications

“O” in Life

The “O” in Life Award honors an individual who exemplifies the ideals of service to Punahou and the community. Created in 1954, the “O” in Life Award is the Punahou Alumni Association's most prestigious award.

Qualifications
  • Nominee must be an individual who exemplifies the ideals of service to Punahou and the community.
  • Nominee must be living.
  • Nominee should have attended Punahou for at least three years and preferably have graduated from Punahou at least 20 years ago.
  • Nominee should be identified with continuing service to Punahou and to Hawai‘i. The awardee's service to Punahou will be given more weight.
  • Nominee may not be a current PAA officer or director.

Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award

The Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Award is given to Punahou alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society, garnering national or international recognition, and deserving of recognition by Punahou. It is an occasional award and does not compete with the "O" in Life.

Qualifications
  • Nominee must have made outstanding contributions in the fields of public service, humanitarian or charitable efforts, arts, letters or sciences, which have gained the awardee significant national or international recognition.
  • Nominee must be living.
  • Nominee should have attended Punahou for at least three years and preferably have graduated from Punahou.
  • Nominee may not be a current PAA officer or director.

Samuel Chapman Armstrong (1859) was a "larger-than-life" figure in the nineteenth century, both as an outstanding Union general in the Civil War and thereafter as a crusader for racial equality. He was widely admired for his strong moral principles and for his dedication to improving the lives of those who had been the victims of slavery and oppression.

Charles S. Judd, Jr. Humanitarian Award

The Charles S. Judd, Jr. Humanitarian Award, formerly known as the Hawaii Humanitarian Award, is given to Punahou alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society in Hawaii, which are deserving of recognition by Punahou. It is an occasional award and does not compete with the "O" in Life.

Qualifications
  • Nominee must have made outstanding contributions in the fields of public service, humanitarian or charitable efforts, arts, letters or sciences, which have gained the awardee significant recognition in Hawaii.
  • Nominee must be living.
  • Nominee should have attended Punahou for at least three years and preferably have graduated from Punahou.
  • Nominee may not be a current PAA officer or director.

Dr. Charles Sheldon Judd, Jr. '38 came from and added to a family tradition of important public service. Descended from early 19th Century medical missionary Gerrit P. Judd, Charles spent three years in Western Samoa in the late 1960s working long hours at low pay as that young nation's only surgeon. Later he founded a free medical clinic in Kalihi that subsequently became a permanent facility.

Old School Award

Created in 1976, because Board of Directors of the Punahou Alumni Association wanted to be able to recognize many others who support Punahou in so many ways and presented, to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Punahou through outstanding service to the school.

Qualifications
  • Nominee must be an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Punahou through outstanding service to the school.
  • Nominee may be alumni or non-alumni.
  • Nominee should, preferably, not be a current PAA officer or director.

Certificate of Appreciation

Presented for one-time exemplary service or extended period of noteworthy service to Punahou or the Punahou Alumni Association.

Senior Award

The PAA presents the annual Senior Award to an Academy senior boy and girl who have distinguished themselves academically and made significant contributions to their community.

Awardees

By Award

Contact

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