Punahou’s vast collection of primary source material offers a rich look back at milestone events and at those who have played a role in shaping the School, Hawai‘i and the larger world. In 2017, the Lum Digitization Initiative, named for a generous grant from Lum Yip Kee, Limited, was launched to preserve archival materials and increase their availability to the public. New assets are added on a quarterly basis.
In recognition of these events two hundred years ago, we take the opportunity to reflect on this complex history. Eia Hawai‘i: 1819 – 1841 consists of three exhibits that invite us to better understand our past.
There is a wealth of objects, texts, artifacts and narratives that bring the School's past to life while shedding light on its present and future. The entire Punahou community was invited to contribute their ideas, objects and anecdotes, making this collective storytelling exercise a multi-vocal reflection of the School.
In 2016, Punahou celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding. The festivities kicked off at the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year and the entire Punahou community was invited to join in the yearlong celebration by attending an event on campus or around the world (or via webcast), sharing a memory, or contributing to the collection of 175 acts of service.