Diverse Learning Community

Making a Difference: Building Community Through Financial Aid

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.

New Endowed Financial Aid Fund Honors Nainoa Thompson '72
Inspired by the courage and leadership of master navigator Nainoa Thompson '72, a new financial aid fund was established on Sept. 15, 2017, by Franklin Tokioka Sr. '54, Colbert and Gail Morikawa '81 Matsumoto, and the Island Insurance Foundation.
Ongoing Professional Growth Through Reflection
In their sixth year and every five years thereafter, Punahou Academy teachers participate in a Haku year, in which they reflect on their teaching practices as part of ongoing professional development. Teachers investigate a topic of their choice that has both curricular and personal importance.
Ku'u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.