Punahou carnival draws in Hawaii locals to raise school tuition funds

by Lailane Ignao, ABS-CBN News

HONOLULU — The Punahou School held its annual carnival, a popular community event that draws thousands from all over Oahu.

The Punahou School is known to be one of the most prestigious private charter schools on Oahu. And these attendees aren’t just here for the fun and games. Their dollars will help less fortunate kids get a Punahou education.

Known as the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, all the proceeds from the Punahou carnival goes toward supporting the financial aid program. Currently, 20% of the student body receives financial aid and an average of $10,400 is awarded per student.

April Coloretti says that when she graduated from Punahou about twenty years ago, she was among only a handful of Filipino American students. After sending her son to Punahou and consistently volunteering at the carnival over the years, she has seen a huge increase in the Pinoy student population on campus.

Students are accepted into Punahou school based on their potential to thrive versus their family’s ability to pay.

The Punahou School says its financial aid program helps with their goal to have a diverse student body that represents the Hawaii community, which ultimately contributes to the students’ overall learning experience.

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  • Mario
    19 February 2019 at 7:31 am - Reply

    PUNAHOU School the most expensive School in Hawaii with a tuition fee of $ 25,000 from Grade K-12. President Barack Obama came from a wealthy family graduated on 1979.