Kamehameha Schools was once the school for the children of the Hawaiian Royals and Punahou was the school created for the children of the first missionaries to come to Hawaii. Punahou was founded in 1841 and sprawls across more than 76 acres in the gorgeous Manoa Valley. There are 34 school buildings, award winning libaries, major sporting facilities, a strong focus on performing arts, art studios that focus on everything from sculpture to glass blowing and of course, well paid professional teachers.
The buildings on campus have architectural value - among them the Thurston Memorial Chapel designed by famous architect Vladmir Ossipof and Dillingham Hall designed by Bertram Goodhue.
From a humble beginning with only 15 students, the school has grown to nearly 5000 students today. Famous alumni include U.S. President Barack Obama, famous explorer and discoverer of Machu Pichu - Hiram Bingham, Steve Case - the founder of AOL, and many more.
Punahou is a closed campus, but you can drive by the campus during the year or visit once a year during the famous Punahou Carnival - which is as much a cherished community event as it is a fund raiser for the school.