Annual Report of Giving


He Au Hou – a New Time, a New Tide – was the theme of the 2016 – 2017 school year. It was a fitting motif, as Punahou built upon the momentum of its historic 175th anniversary to turn the page on a new chapter in the School’s history.

Within the framework of our comprehensive campaign, Ku‘u Punahou, the School’s institutional priorities are rapidly taking shape under the guidance of our academic leadership. Academy and Junior School Principals Emily McCarren and Paris Priore-Kim ’76 have been working hard to implement our shared vision – transforming learning environments, expanding innovative faculty professional development, and reimagining programs to support the relevant and enduring learning that prepares our children for today’s educational and professional landscape.

One of the year’s major milestones was the opening of the first phase of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, bringing years of faculty-guided planning and program design to life in one of the School’s most breathtaking and sustainable new learning environments. The second phase is under construction and anticipated to open in 2019, thanks to the support of donors like you. Many in our generous donor community have helped us add over $21 million to our financial aid endowment since the launch of Ku‘u Punahou, making a Punahou education accessible to hundreds more talented and deserving students.

This spring, President Jim Scott ’70 announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. His impending departure brings into focus how the School’s priorities have crystallized over the course of his pioneering 25-year tenure, and how they will also provide a strong foundation for his successor to build upon. Punahou is in the strongest position it has ever been with regard to its global reputation and financial stewardship, and the Board of Trustees has ample lead time to prepare for a smooth transition to a new president who can build on Jim’s legacy and deep aloha for our ‘ohana.

It is you, our ‘ohana, who make it possible for a great school to achieve aspirations like these. Each of you is responsible for Punahou’s successes, both today and in the future. Thank you.

James K. Scott ’70
President, Punahou School

Kitty Sullivan ’75 Wo
Chair, Board of Trustees 2015 – 2017

New to the Board of Trustees

Dr. Thomas Kosasa ’63
Dr. Kosasa, a renowned infertility specialist and professor emeritus at John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawai‘i joined the Board in January 2017. He is a proud and active member of the Class of 1963 and initiated a gift with his siblings to fund the new facilities for grades 2 – 5, named for their parents. Kosasa’s challenge gift for the project continues to motivate donors. Kosasa brings his experience as a teacher and his commitment to learning as assets to the Board.

Board of Trustees 2016 – 2017

Ethan D.B. Abbott ’72
Deborah Berger ’82
W. David P. Carey III
Steve Case ’76
Han Sonny Ching
Maggie Cole
Wendy B. Crabb
Mark H. Fukunaga ’74
Ron Higgins ’75
Tom Kosasa ’63
Constance Hee ’70 Lau
Warren K.K. Luke ’62
Duncan MacNaughton ’62
Pierre Omidyar ’84
Michael A. Pietsch ’64
Jeffrey N. Watanabe
Kitty Sullivan ’75 Wo
Gregory Yim ’80