In January, visiting educators convened at Punahou for an informal lunchtime panel discussion on the future of education. During the professional development opportunity, Punahou faculty had the chance to bounce ideas off the presenters.
In the summer of 1969, a group of 27 Japanese teenagers dressed in formal dark suits and white dresses touched down in balmy Honolulu. Clutching lei and waving signs with "Aloha" written on them were their Punahou counterparts and host families, welcoming the visitors from the Keio schools for six weeks of English study and cultural immersion.
While the most profound impact of Punahou's financial aid program is on the families who receive aid, increased access to a Punahou education has impacted the entire student body which is increasingly economically and culturally diverse.
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation was selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as the 2018 recipient of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation toward the advancement of independent schools.