Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott ’70
Born in Honolulu, Dr. Scott is a graduate of of Punahou School, Stanford University (A.B.), University of San Francisco (M.A.) and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.). He was a teacher, coach and dean at Robert Louis Stevenson School (CA) and headmaster at Catlin Gabel School (OR) before returning to Hawai‘i in 1994 to become the 16th president of Punahou School.
One of the Aims of a Punahou Education is to provide students with rich opportunities and experiences for exploration, growth and mastery.
“Punahou’s sources of continuity transcend leadership changes – they are our mission, vision and the Aims of a Punahou Education.”
“Never forget what you have created and experienced together at the waters of Ka Punahou. No matter where you are and where you go – pay this gift forward.”
“With the major transformations in education today, the Punahou centers are vital to preparing our students for success in an uncertain and rapidly changing world.”
“As we celebrate these milestones – Punahou’s enduring commitment to need-based financial aid and the 25th anniversary of Wo International Center – we affirm their impact upon our students whose purposeful lives will shape and improve the world.”
“As we launched the school year with the theme, “Every Life is a Story,” I have been inspired by the ways in which this idea has been expressed. It has underscored the remarkable stories behind members of our vibrant school community.”
“Seniors, in your final days together you have heard heartfelt reflections, insight and advice from classmates and teachers. I can only affirm here what you have already learned.”
“Our country has emerged from a national election that resulted in the current climate of ongoing political divisiveness and general uncertainty.”
“The Punahou School Profile that accompanies a student’s transcript to colleges highlights the impressive concentration of academic talent within their graduating class. However...”
“As we look at this year and to the years ahead, I hope we can build upon the momentum of our 175th anniversary celebration to continue to reach out, connect and engage our alumni across the world.”
“Seniors, in a few moments you will be Punahou graduates! You are about to join the ranks of the tens of thousands of educated men and women who came before you, who have marched down the aisle and crossed the stage at their Punahou graduation to claim their diploma for the past 174 years.”
“My Punahou is a place unlike any other in the world, with a rich history deeply rooted in Hawai‘i. It is the beautiful lands of the New Spring and the learning environments they have nourished for 175 years. It is a place that has nurtured generations of children as they grow into young adults ready to enter the world with confidence, passion and purpose.”