G-Term 2020

Academy students have returned after winter break to take part in G-Term, a special interim where students engage in a non-graded class before the second semester starts. Students selected courses from more than 70 options, including campus sessions, four-day experiences on O‘ahu and extended international and domestic trips.

The immersive courses cover a wide variety of topics, including Hawaiian culture, the arts, community service, social responsibility, cultural awareness, history, technology and life skills. “G-Term allows students to gain meaningful experiences that extend beyond the classroom walls and are not possible during our regular school year schedule,” said Trisha Kawamoto ’98 Caley, director of Academy special terms.

Here are some scenes from the 2020 G-Term:

Molokaʻi Retreat –Mindfulness, Yoga and Hawaiian Culture

Students experienced Hawaiian culture and values of the Island, practicing aloha ʻāina through community service.

Fishing 101

Students fished in the nearshore waters of Oʻahu using their own bamboo poles harvested from the forest.

Design and Build a Solar Powered Charging Station

Students designed, prototyped and built a portable weatherproof charging station that can be used to charge a phone or a computer.

Singing the Circle: Exploring Sound, Creativity, Self, and Community Through Song

Through a cappella and improv, students learned how to create spontaneous music in the style of circle singing – a technique populated by musician Bobby McFerrin – and demonstrated their new skills for first graders.

GOLF, and How to Step up your Game!!

Students spent time on the course practicing their swing, volunteering at the Sony Open and diving into sports psychology in order to improve their golf game both physically and mentally.

Gyotaku (Fish Printing) and Impressions of Plants

Students made prints on paper, shirts and other textiles using different fish and plants, and shared their newfound skills with fourth graders from Jim Smart’s class.

The Ultimate Frisbee Experience

Through practice on campus and at Waimānalo Beach, students honed their skills at Ultimate Frisbee and other disc games. President Mike Latham ’86 even got in on the fun, participating in the course as a student.

Inspiration Benches

Punahou and Kaimuki High School students teamed up to assemble, paint and decorate wooden benches to be donated to nonprofit organizations and schools in the community.

Becoming Ben and Jerry: Making and Marketing Your Own Ice Cream Flavor

Students were guided through a crash course on the world of food entrepreneurship, focused on developing and marketing their own ice cream flavors and brand.

Skateboard and Skimboard Making

Students designed, cut and shaped baltic birch plywood skateboard decks and skimboards using a variety of woodworking tools and techniques.

Habitat For Humanity Service Build

Students helped build a house alongside contractor supervision – including assembling parts,
lifting supplies and painting – for a family in need in Kapolei.

Exploring Oʻahu – Off the Beaten Path

This on-island travel session took students to the east, north and west shores of Oʻahu, including hiking
at Nānākuli/Māʻili, touring the Hollywood Hawaiʻi Backlot at Kualoa Ranch, as well as spending
one night at a camp in Mokulēʻia.

Create Your Own Punahou Scavenger Hunt

Students looked through documents from the Punahou Archives to put together facts and clues as part of a scavenger hunt they designed. Academy students tested out their scavenger hunt, which included sampling foods found on an 1871 lunch menu, with fourth and seventh grade students.

Local Grindz

Students sampled a diverse array of local ethnic foods and were inspired by chefs and restaurant owners, with affiliations to Punahou, who “talked story” about their passions and career journeys in the culinary arts. 

Japanese Arts and Sharing Peace

In this course, students developed a stronger awareness and commitment to intercultural understanding and global peace. They created artwork to deliver messages of peace, including handing out origami cranes at the Pearl Harbor Memorial visitor center. They also learned about other aspects of Japanese culture such as wearing kimono, bon dancing and creating kage-e (shadow art).

Aperture Art

Students learned how to improve their photography skills by exploring campus and unique locations on
Oʻahu in this G-Term experience. Students focused on how to use different camera technologies, including DSLRs, smartphones and instant film cameras, to create stunning and thought-provoking photographs and contribute to an end-of-term showcase.

Champions of Cause: Advocacy and Entrepreneurship for a Better World

In this session, students rolled up their sleeves to engage in hands-on activities to solve real problems. They visited various local social ventures to learn about different ways to give back to the community. Above, students hear from social entrepreneurs at the Mana Up accelerator, run by Punahou alumna Meli James ’96.

Punahou Ninja Warrior

Students designed, constructed and competed in an on-campus obstacle course inspired by “American Ninja Warrior,” the high-energy competition TV series. Students also challenged themselves on the military obstacle course at Schofield Barracks. 

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Students learned techniques and commands for training dogs to be obedient members of any household during this G-Term experience. 

Let’s Ride! Horses!

In this G-Term, students learned basic horseback riding skills and horse care in Waimānalo from trained paniolos, including how to groom, saddle and ride a horse, as well as take basic care of other farm animals.

Active Science in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks

As part of this G-Term, students ventured to two iconic national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone to learn about wildlife, climate, geology, human history and ecology. Here, they take a
cross-country skiing trip at Grand Teton and track wildlife.

Exploring and Comparing Seoul and Tokyo

Connecting with Korean students at the Starfield COEX Mall, an underground mall in Seoul’s Gangnam district. For this G-Term, students engaged in numerous activities that compare and
contrast the Korean and Japanese cultures, while visiting Seoul and Tokyo.

Now in its fourth year, G-Term has become a critical piece of the high school experience at Punahou. Here are a few of the new courses offered this year, with descriptions from the G-Term catalog.

Farm to Table
We hear the phrase “farm to table,” but what does that really mean? In this course, you’ll stay and work at Kahumana Farms in Waiʻanae from Tuesday to Thursday. While there, you’ll learn about many aspects of a working farm, such as harvesting, aquaponics systems, animal care, photovoltaic greenhouse systems, composting, and cafe management. You’ll also be eating meals that are mostly prepared with farm-generated products, such as produce and eggs. Students will rotate around the farm, learning about the many aspects of farm life. Students also will prepare food from farm products and share those at the Share Fair.

Exploring and Comparing Seoul and Tokyo
What is the difference between a Hanbok and a Kimono? What is the difference between a tteok and mochi? Find out during this once in a lifetime experience as you join us on our trip to two soulmate cities — the “Soul” (Seoul) of South Korea and its “mate”: Tokyo, Japan. In this action-packed, fascinating G-Term, students will engage in numerous activities that compare and contrast the Korean and Japanese cultures. While learning to accept how the Asian cultures differ, students will be encouraged to be more inquisitive by comparing the customs of the two closely related countries.

Becoming Ben and Jerry: Making and Marketing Your Own Ice Cream Flavor
Have you ever wondered how to make ice cream, and how you might turn an ice cream recipe into something you could sell? Students will be guided through a hands-on crash course into the world of food entrepreneurship focused on developing their own ice cream brand. They’ll collaborate in random groups, and over the course of three days, creatively learn how to make and market their own ice cream flavors. On exhibition day, they’ll give a public presentation of their product to a panel of food and marketing experts to get feedback on their product and brand designs.

Skateboard and Skimboard Making
Skateboard and skimboard building is a creative experience in which students will design, cut, and shape their choice of a baltic birch plywood skateboard deck or skimboard using a variety of woodworking tools and techniques. Students will also paint and apply artwork to their skateboard or skimboard. The projects’ structural goal is to create a high quality finished product with sufficient structural integrity and shape to perform its function appropriately. The project aesthetic design goal is to create a graphic design stencil on a laser cutter using basic 2D CAD design and apply it to the product using a blend of technical and artistic techniques. The project involves woodworking, art, and technology.

Using Comic Heroes to Define our Identities and Society’s Diversity
Heroic figures in comics are known to be the best versions of society. Their enemies are often what society may point out as what/who should be vanquished. But why do the characters we have seen in movies have the abilities that they do? Is their purpose today the same as when they were designed, given that society has changed what it may see as wrong and right? This G-Term will take a look at different heroes and heroines to see what they are fighting against. We will partner with Special Olympics and engage in different activities to see what superhero characteristics are for today, culminating with designing your own comic book for a young audience.

Let’s Ride! Horses!
Do you want to ride horses and spend time in the country? Come learn basic horseback riding skills and general horse care. You will learn about horses and other farm animals with first-hand experience. We will spend time in beautiful Waimānalo learning from trained paniolos. By the end of this G-Term, you will be able to confidently groom, care, saddle, and ride a horse as well as take basic care of other farm animals. With our G-Term animal friends, you will increase your persistence, resilience, and empathy. Yeeeehaw!

Habitat For Humanity Service Build
The Habitat For Humanity Service Build G-Term will focus on making connections among students, faculty, and the extended community through building a house for a family in need. Students will start by collaborating through technological team building activities and learning more about Habitat’s mission and the family in need. On Tuesday through Friday, students will then travel to Kapolei and help build the house along with contractor supervision (work may include assembling parts, lifting supplies, and painting). Overall, students will bond and grow friendships through the experience and continue to give back to their extended community.

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