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(re)Inventing Music and Instruments
Imagine building a giant drum set, or a harp like instrument played using a golf club. In this class, students will examine how musical instruments from around the world work then (re)invent an instrument to be displayed and played. Students with any (or no) amount of musical experience are welcome to join us. Maybe we can build a giant violin together.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Active Science in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks
Join us on an unparalleled adventure in the Rocky Mountain West to actively explore the exciting science of two iconic national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Working with Teton School of Science, we will investigate the snowy winter landscapes to learn about the wildlife, climate, geology, human history and unique ecology that is so different from tropical Hawai'i. We will spend clear evenings star-gazing and might even see the northern lights! Enjoy hikes in the snow, cross-country skiing and/or learning to snowshoe and how to track wildlife. Gather your hiking boots, cold weather gear, and curiosity; join us on an epic learning expedition into the science of two stunning national parks.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity
Category: Academic Explorations, Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Tentative Itinerary:
January 4
Saturday: Leave on a night flight from HNL

January 5
Sunday: Arrive in Jackson Hole, WY. Explore Jackson Hole.
Check into Teton Science School (TSS), meet educators, dinner, sleep in dorms at TSS.

January 6
Monday: Orientation, field work with TSS - Tree surveys, wildlife observations, regional climate, ecology and geology of the national parks (ranchers vs. wolves discussion), wolf reintroduction, predator-prey population dynamics and genetics, wildlife snow tracking, and cultural-place based education. This work will happen in and around Grand Teton National Park. Snowshoeing and/or cross country ski training.

January 7
Tuesday: Continue field work with TSS (see above list)

January 8
Wednesday: Wrap up field work with TSS (see above list)
Possible snow tubing at Grand Targhee.
Drive to West Yellowstone. Visitors Center, orientation to wildlife and geology of Yellowstone.

January 9
Thursday: Tour to Old Faithful - geyser geology and hydrology , cross country ski lesson, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (Wildlife ecology, endangered species and trophic cascades). Possible dog sledding.

January 10
Friday: Final morning group activity. Depart for airport, return to HNL evening.

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must be able to hike at a moderate pace for 4-5 miles at altitudes of 6,000-7,000 ft.
  • Must be prepared for cold and snowy weather and must acquire appropriate cold weather clothing.
  • Students with pulmonary disorders may have difficulty with the activity at altitude.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to contribute to and benefit from this science-focused program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician based on a recent medical examination.
  • Must have the willingness to learn to snowshoe/cross country ski.

 
AIMing for Art
In this brand-new student-led Art experience, a specific Punahou Aim will be explored each day. Students in the workshop will view the Aims through the lens of visual Art, using them as a catalyst for creativity. Free choice and experimentation with Art mediums will be encouraged. This includes, but not limited to: painting, drawing, printing, graphic design, collage, 3-D media, time-based art, digital art, etc. The G-Term days will be divided, with mornings reserved for independent exploration and creation of art pieces. Afternoons will be spent sharing, documenting and working together. A culmination of the combined Aims will result in the entire class collaborating on a multi-media mural. Students who participate in this G-Term do not need prior knowledge or experience in Art. The only requirements are the willingness to create something new and diverse, and the desire to take part in an experience larger than one's self.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Animal Welfare Awareness
Working with the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS), students will become "animal heroes." Students will learn about the services and activities of the humane society, tour the HHS campus and spend time with the animals. Each student will create one of the following: a written work (poetry or prose), a media piece (video or presentation) or a personal creative project based on the animals they meet at the humane society. These projects will then be made available to the HHS to use as they see fit to inform, educate or create awareness of the plight of abandoned and/or abused animals in our community.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Empathy
Category: Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Aperture Art (or Focus on Photography)
Spend your G-Term through the lens of a camera and learn how to improve your photography skills. We will experience and learn how to use different camera technologies, including DSLRs, smartphones and instant film cameras. Explore the Punahou campus and visit unique locations on O'ahu to take new perspectives, create stunning and thought-provoking photographs and contribute to an end-of-term showcase. We will use photography as a medium to capture moments in time and to challenge our usual perspectives. Students with all levels and experience in photography are welcome and all students will have a digital portfolio and prints to keep or share.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Resourcefulness
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Back To The Playground: An Active Experience With Our K-3 Youth
This course, Back To The Playground: An Active Experience With Our K-3 Youth, offers Academy students an opportunity to experience child play in structured and unstructured environments. Students will join our elementary schoolmates in physical education classes, recess and outdoor education activities. They will learn the developmental phases of basic motor development of children and how to create an age-appropriate physical activity. Academy students will utilize available space, equipment and time to create and implement a game that is safe, fun and engaging for younger children and utilize their feedback to improve the quality and effectiveness of the activity.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Resourcefulness
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Balance: Beginner Stand Up Paddle and Yoga
How can we live more healthy, happy, and well-balanced lives? In this G-Term course we will use SUP and Yoga as a way to explore two major ideas: How can we use consistent and regular practice to help us improve and grow in our individual abilities? What does a well-balanced life look and feel like? What choices can we make that will help us live a life like this? Each day of our G-Term experience will be split between Ala Moana Beach Park and campus. While at Ala Moana we will do Yoga and Meditation on land before moving to the water to learn the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Our aim will be to improve on our technique and fitness. During our time on campus, we will explore the idea of balance and wellness in our lives, and reflect on how our morning activities can help us achieve those goals. Additionally, stretching exercises, smart nutritional choices, and healthy reactions to stress will be discussed.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors, Life And Other Skills, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Become a Better Beachgoer v3.0
When was the last time you brought home more than just sand from a simple trip to the beach? This G-Term dives into learning how to enjoy the time we have with ourselves, those around us and this beautiful place we call home. What better place than the beach to enable you not only to appreciate your own worth as an individual but also to experience life as others do and to truly understand what is happening in our environment? If you want a three-day beach trip (along with a sleepover on campus!), choose this G-Term, and you’ll get so much more than sandy feet.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Empathy, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
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.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Curiosity
Category: Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Birds of Honolulu
Are you curious about the birds living all around us? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Learn how our local birds survive in human-impacted environments. We will explore the Punahou campus, the Honolulu Zoo, Kapi'olani Park, and the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge to observe and learn about native and non-native birds. We will use binoculars, try out a bird app or two, take photographs (if possible!), and do some background reading about Hawai'i birds.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Black Mirror and Philosophy
Black Mirror and Philosophy: What happens when technological breakthroughs lead to existential angst? The show Black Mirror has been asking this question for several seasons. Students will engage with episodes of the hit show to grapple with questions surrounding consciousness, personal identity, free will, ethics and morality. The culmination of this experience will ask students to create their own “mini-Black Mirror” episode that captures a philosophical debate with a contemporary student technological issue or concern

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Building Variety Show 2020: Creating an Environment Utilizing 21st Century Technology
Bring your positive attitude! In this course students will explore the practical application of techniques and materials used to construct and stage the iconic Punahou Variety Show. Basic stagecraft, construction techniques, scenic painting, lighting, video, and audio will be explored.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness
Category: Academic Explorations, Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Cambridge Innovation and Entrepreneurship
How do ideas become reality? What do academic institutions and organizations at the leading edge of innovation do to foster creativity? On this trip, we will visit a number of organizations in the Boston area such as MIT, Amazon Robotics, Boston University, Northeastern University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Amgen, and Harvard. You will have a chance to meet and talk with other students, researchers, and recent alumni to see how research is conducted, learn how promising ideas are incubated and strengthened, and hear examples of ideas and initiatives that will spark your imagination to change the world for the better.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Tentative Itinerary:
January 4
Arrival and Faneuil Hall Visit, Escape Room

January 5
MIT Museum, Museum of Science

January 6
Class at MIT, AmGen Tour

January 7
Northeastern, Museum of Fine Arts, Entrepreneurs Panel and Dinner

January 8
Amazon Robotics

January 9
Harvard, Innovation Center, Punahou Alumni Mixer

January 10
Return to Honolulu

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must be able to formulate and articulate specific goals for how you might use your skills, background, and interests to create an initiative, innovation, or idea that will change the world for the better.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to contribute to and benefit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician based on a recent medical examination. This trip will involve walks of less than one mile in an urban environment in the middle of winter. Students may have to navigate icy sidewalks, snow drifts, and freezing rain.

 
Champions of Cause: Advocacy and Entrepreneurship for a Better World
Have you ever dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur and making a real difference in your community and the world? Then join us! This course starts in high gear as we hop on the bus and zoom off to visit mystery locations where we will roll up our sleeves and engage in hands-on activities to solve real problems. Each location features a different type of social venture and different way to give back to the community. You’ll be inspired when you meet the leaders and learn how they use their resources to solve some of the challenges they are facing. Fueled with fresh ideas and hands-on experiences, we return to our Social Venture Laboratory (back on Punahou campus) to get cracking on our own ideas in support of the causes we wish to champion. Through a series of playful exercises we learn about building a prototype and pitches for our vision. You will be introduced to social enterprises and work either individually or in a team to engage in the process of becoming a “social entrepreneur”, by designing a business plan in which a product or an advocacy is developed to benefit a cause you empathize with. At each step along the way, it's up to you and your team to innovate and create the unique solutions. By Day three you will have your prototype and polished pitch. Time for the Shark Tank session. We invite family, friends, and local entrepreneurs to join the celebration. All teams are welcome to turn their planning and prototypes into real ventures launched after G-Term with support from the Case Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurship.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Empathy
Category: Community Service, Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Create your own Punahou Scavenger Hunt
Imagine if the entire 76.2 acre campus was your personal scavenger hunt playground. What historical clues about Punahou would you design for your classmates? How would you design a scavenger hunt for middle schoolers? What would you absolutely want to learn when digging deep into the school's unique archives? Students in this session will be uncovering Punahou historical facts to create clues and descriptive answers for a campus-based Scavenger Hunt. Students should be prepared to research in the Punahou archives, work in pairs and exchange scavenger hunts with middle school students to test out your collective games. Environments will be both indoors and outdoors with a special, authorized look into the Archive vaults in Cooke Learning Commons.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Curiosity
Category: Design Challenges
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Creating Comics
“Creating Comics” is a three-day introduction to storytelling through words and pictures. We’ll meet comics creators and collaborate with one another and junior school students, culminating in a class ‘zine of our own design.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Crocheting for a cause
Learn to crochet and put your new skill to use by making a hat for a newborn. Students will learn basic crochet stitches and make a hat to donate to Kapi'olani Hospital. Other projects may be pursued if time permits. All levels of crocheters are welcome.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Community Service, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
D&D Playing to Think, Thinking to Play.
Calling for Adventurers to join in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign for treasure, achievements, and glory. Veteran and novice gamers are welcome. The mysteries of playing D&D will be revealed as we trek through forests, retake castles, free the oppressed, and face various foes, including trolls, goblins, or, perhaps, a dragon. We will face many obstacles and choices, so adventurers must be courageous and capable of critical and creative thinking. If this describes you, and you are open to fun and are perhaps a little foolish, join us.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Dare to Lead
All over the world, young people are no longer waiting for adults to take charge, they are stepping up and acting as leaders to make the changes they want for their communities. Are you passionate about an issue and want to learn the skills you’ll need to be a successful leader? Do you see yourself running for elected office, being an officer in the military, or running a company or organization one day? In this G-Term, through a combination of guest speakers, team and individual activities, and film discussions, we will teach you the skills you need to be a strong leader.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Empathy, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Design a New Community
In the G-Term experience "Design a New Community" you will think critically, collaborate effectively, advocate passionately, and compromise reluctantly each day as you design and build, with legos, an urban community. This G-Term will follow a UC Berkeley developed curriculum called Urban Plan. We will spend a portion of our day working in the classroom creating a hypothetical proposal for a new development. Students will need to think about political issues, design, finance, and other considerations that developers, planners, and city officials consider when contemplating a new development. The classroom session will be paired with field trips to real developments and meetings with some of the people who are reshaping Honolulu.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Design and Build a Solar Powered Charging Station
Design and build a solar powered charging station! By the end of this G-Term session, you will have actually designed, prototyped, and built a weatherproof charging station that can be used to charge a phone or a computer anywhere, anytime. Each day you will gain skills in 3D CAD, 3D printing, circuit design, use of power tools and CNC machines, as well as a solid understanding of how to generate and store energy in a variety of ways. Students who have previously taken this G-Term session may sign up to take it again as this year's experience will provide an opportunity to build upon a previous year’s experience.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Design Challenges
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Designing and Creating Functional Ceramics
This experience focuses on functional dinnerware and its relationship with the food we eat. Students will research how the color, shape, and size of a dish relates to the food we eat and how they can design/create a piece of pottery that positively enhances the eating/cooking experience of their favorite type of food. Pottery made during the session will be available for students to take home later in the semester.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Digital Humanities: How the Digital Can Help Us Understand People Better
The word “data”…Big Data, Data Science, Data Journalism… is everywhere, and it, along with other technological developments, is changing how we study people and societies. In this G-Term course, we’ll explore how technology increases what is accessible (e.g. digitization of archives and information management), helps us analyze databases and large amount of data, as well as facilitates different ways of sharing the stories we create from such analyses. (Note: while the analysis of large amounts of data could be applied to data from various social media platforms, we will not be using those in this course.)

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
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.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Academic Explorations, Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Tentative Itinerary:
The trip contains four days in Seoul and three days in Tokyo using local charter buses with an experienced local tour guide.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Departure from Honolulu
Day 2 Arrive Incheon - Seoul
Day 3 Seoul: Historic and Modern
Day 4 Seoul: Nanta Performance
Day 5 Seoul: Lotte World
Day 6 Seoul - Flight - Tokyo
Day 7 Tokyo: Historic and Modern
Day 8 Tokyo: School Visit
Day 9 Departure from Tokyo

January 1 - Wednesday
Honolulu to Seoul, Departure from Honolulu at 1:30pm

January 2 - Thursday
Arrive in Seoul at 9pm

January 3 - Friday
Breakfast and lunch included
Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum
Bukchon Hanok Village & Hanbok dress up
Samsung D’light (Interactive Technology of the Future)
Korean Style Shabu Shabu lunch
Take the subway from Samsung D’light to Starfield library
Starfield library
COEX Artium SMTOWN & COEX SMTOWN museum - dinner on own (K-pop)

January 4 - Saturday, Seoul
Breakfast and lunch included
Tteok Museum (Korean Traditional Mochi) & Tteok DIY (Culture & Culinary Art)
Korean BBQ - lunch
Nanta Performance (Culinary Art)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza DDP (Architecture)
Dongdaemun Market Zone 1 - dinner on own (Food & Culture)

January 5 - Sunday in Seoul
Breakfast and lunch included
Lotte World Tower Sky Walk (Architecture - 123 floors)
Lotte World Aquarium (Sea Creatures)
LOTTE World dinner on your own - (Entertainment)

January 6 - Monday Seoul to Tokyo
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Meet & Greet with high school students (Connection & Comparison)
Yonsei University
Ewha Women's University (Architecture)
Trick Eye museum in Seoul (Art)
Lunch in Seoul
Flight to Haneda Airport, Tokyo
Check into Hotel around 7:30 pm (dinner in Tokyo)

January 7 - Tuesday in Tokyo
Breakfast and lunch included
Tokyo Imperial Palace (History & Tradition)
Asakusa - Kimono dress up
Walk to Sensoji Temple (History & Religion)
Tokyo Sky Tree observation tower before sunset (Architecture - 634 meters)
Solamachi (dinner on your own)

January 8 - Wednesday in Tokyo
Breakfast and lunch included
Leave Ikebukuro area @ 8am
Meet & Greet Ageo High School students (Connection & Comparison)
Lunch (with students at Ageo High School)
DIY Plastic food Making (Kita Ikebukuro) - Mini Fruit Parfait DIY ( Culture)
Cat Cafe (8th floor of Tokyu Hands)
Sunshine 60 observatory (Architecture)
Ikebukuro Sunshine City - dinner on own (Food & Culture)

January 9 - Thursdsay, Tokyo to Honolulu
Breakfast and dinner included
Shin Okubo Korean Town (Comparison)
The New National Stadium (2020 Summer Olympics) (Architecture)
Tour @ TEPIA (Latest Technology of Japan)
Harajuku (Takeshita doori) - lunch on your own (J-pop culture)
MEIJI JINGU Shrine (History & Religion)
Take the train from Harajuku (one stop) to Shibuya (Cultural experience)
Shibuya Crossing (Food & Culture)
ZAUO Fishing Restaurant Shibuya branch Fish your fish (YouTube)
Check in at Haneda airport at 9pm

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student and of Hawai'i’s youth abroad.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
Exploring Hawaiian Biodiversity - A True Scientific Experience
During this G-Term experience, students will learn about Hawaiian terrestrial ecosystems and gain exposure to active conservation efforts of threatened and endangered native plants and ecosystems, as well as basic ecological science research focusing on how native and non-native species interact. We will be working with a Punahou alum and current graduate student of Duke University to assess how interactions with alien species and pollinators drive population growth of native species and how those dynamics may vary in a changing environment. To access ideal sites to study these interactions, we will be hiking on some of the tougher terrain on O'ahu. Locations may depend on weather and climate assessments, but proposed locations are Hawai'i Loa Ridge, Manoa Cliff, 'Aiea Loop Trail, and potentially sites in Wai'anae.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Hawaiian Values & Culture, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Academic Explorations, Active/Outdoors, Community Service
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Exploring Kona & Kohala
Kona is calling! The Kona and Kohala areas of the island of Hawai'i include two of the largest and most sacred heiau. We will visit those as well as the City of Refuge in Honaunau. Students will also have an opportunity to work in the Kaloko fish pond, visit the Captain Cook memorial in Kealakekua Bay, and tour Hulihe‘e Palace. The focus of this G-Term experience is Hawaiian culture as well as collaboration. Students will gain a greater appreciation for Hawai‘i’s history and the culture of these islands.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Embracing Diversity, Hawaiian Values & Culture
Category: Community Service, Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Light


Tentative Itinerary:
January 7
Meet at Punahou school at 8:00 am
Learn an oli and a hula, and go over some basic rules for trip
Take the bus to the airport, fly to Kona.
Visit to Kealakekua (Capt. Cook monument), then Honaunau City of Refuge.
Drive to hotel in Kona and get settled.
Dinner and circle time.

January 8
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Hawi to see the Mo'okini heiau, then visit Pu'ukoloa heiau.
Explore the Puako petroglyphs.
Return to Kona for a visit to Hulihe‘e Palace and nearby historic churches.
Return to hotel for some downtime, followed by dinner and circle time.

January 9
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Kaloko fish pond in Honokohau to help restore the fish pond.
Return to the hotel for check-out.
Take flight to HNL, board bus to return to Punahou.
Families will pick up from Punahou at 4:00 pm.

January 10
Return to campus to participate in the Share Fair
Criteria for Selection:
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
Exploring Oʻahu – Off the Beaten Path
This journey around O'ahu will take us to the east, north and west shores with time spent hiking at Nanakuli/Ma'ili, touring the Hollywood Hawai'i Backlot at Kualoa Ranch, as well as spending one night at a camp in Mokule'ia (January 8). We will make stops along the way where we will get the opportunity to identify and discuss issues related to these areas. Finally, through our visual and written reflections, we'll get the opportunity to share where our curiosity led us.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous


Tentative Itinerary:
January 7
Day 1 – Explore the East
8:00 am – Classroom discussion
8:30 am – Depart school
3:00 pm – Return to campus
Highlighted sites/activities:
  • Pali Lookout
  • Hike
  • Lunch in Kailua
  • Alan Davis Beach/Waimanalo
January 8
Day 2 – Explore the North
8:30 am – Depart school
Highlighted sites/activities:
  • Take H-3 to Windward side
  • Kualoa Ranch – movie site tour (90 minutes)
  • La'ie Shopping Center – lunch
  • Potential stops: La'ie Point, Kahuku Sugar Mill, Kawela Bay
  • Hale'iwa town – dinner
Overnight Accommodations @ Camp Mokule'ia or Camp Erdman

January 9
Day 3 – Explore the West
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Depart Mokule'ia
9:45 am – Hiking
12:00 pm – Lunch at Kahumana Café
3:00 pm – Return to campus
Highlighted sites/activities:
  • Breakfast at Camp Mokule'ia (cost covered in total fee)
  • Nanakuli Pill Box Hike
  • Visit surf spots – i.e. Yokohama, Makaha

January 10
Return to campus to participate in the Share Fair

Criteria for Selection:
  • Should be unfamiliar with places visited as part of this G-Term course
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
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 Wai'anae 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.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Persistence & Resilience, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service, Food And Cooking, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Tentative Itinerary:
January 7
Depart Punahou campus and arrive at Kahumana Farms
Get assigned to housing and move in
Tour of Kahumana
Lunch
Begin working and learning about harvesting, aquaponic systems, animal care, photovoltaic greenhouse systems, permaculture, composting, planting, processing produce, cafe management, farm-to-table philosophy Dinner

January 8
Breakfast
Continue working and learning
Lunch
Continue working and learning
Discuss and plan for Share Fair

January 9
Breakfast
Break into groups to prepare a dish to share with everyone
Lunch
Discuss and plan for Share Fair
Prepare to depart
Return to Punahou campus

January 10
Return to campus to participate in the Share Fair

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
Festival of Horror 2
To a certain type of movie-goer, a good horror film can provide a thrilling way to think about what it means to be a soul within a body made of flesh and blood on an unpredictable and volatile planet. This course is designed for that type of person. We will gather, discuss relevant themes, and then screen two movies a day. We will converse and share reactions after we watch each film. This communal experience should promote creative and critical thought. Movies to be shown: Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Ringu, The Exorcist, Halloween, Us.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Cultural Awareness, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Fishing 101
Intended for students with little-to-no prior experience in fishing, this course is designed to help foster critical thinking within the context of learning how to fish in the nearshore waters of O'ahu. Each day, the students will be asked to use critical thinking in order to accomplish a challenge set forth to them. The challenges of this course will include venturing into the forest to harvest bamboo poles, learning how to tie fishing rigs, and participating in a class-wide fishing tournament. Students who enroll in this course should be comfortable with spending extended amounts of time outdoors.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Food Reviewing
Do you love to eat, write, and critique? If so, this is the G-Term for you! We will delve into the world of food reviewing by reading articles and blogs to get a sense of the craft, exploring a new area and restaurant each day, and then working on your collaborative reviews that you will share with a real audience. Bring your pen and notebook, get your camera ready, and prepare to share your observations, analysis, and writer’s voice.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Forest Science
If you’re curious about nature and how it works, read on. Do you enjoy hiking and being outside? Are you eager to learn more about the ecosystems above the urban jungle of Honolulu? Already love to hike but want love to learn more about what you observe during your outings? Join us in exploring unique forest ecosystems on O'ahu and learn about the latest scientific discoveries there. Hunt for elusive hyposmocoma caterpillars, hike through native forests that few people see, and talk with experts in the field of conservation to feed your curiosities.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
From Loʻi to Table
Do you like poi, pa'i'ai, & laulau? Do you like getting muddy in the lo'i' In this G-Term experience, students will be out in the field experiencing a critical component of the indigenous Hawaiian ahupua'a. The first days of this experience will be spent getting dirty in a lo'i kalo (taro wetlands). We will also spend a day preparing and cooking traditional Hawaiian dishes such as laulau, lu'au, pa'i'ai, poi, haupia and more. Through this experience, we will examine the harvesting and preparation in order to enjoy eating what the land and ocean provide. This includes pounding kalo into pa'i'ai (ku'i kalo), steaming the lu’au (taro leaves), and cleaning/preparing the fish to eat. All this will be done in a partnership with 4th-6th graders from Kane'ohe Elementary School. Be prepared to get muddy, get wet, and enjoy traditional Hawaiian food!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Hawaiian Values & Culture
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Games our Grandparents Played and Electronics-Free Entertainment
Games our Grandparents Played: Been curious about Mah Jong after watching the elderly play? How about the Japanese game of Hanafuda? Learn about these cultural games that have been played for centuries and possibly learn some of the culture and foods associated with them. Electronics-Free Entertainment: Get ideas from your family and research the Internet to find something fun, economical, and completely “electronics free” that can be done on campus, inside or outside of the classroom. Present your ideas to the group. If your ideas are chosen and do-able, they will become part of our entertainment for the remainder of G-Term.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Glass Factory
Glass Factory is an opportunity for experienced and inexperienced students to work collaboratively in the glass shop. The process will use the concept of a large 6-8 person team to explore designs through the process of iteration (repetition and refinement). All members of the team will have the opportunity to work and contribute to the design process. Experienced members will lead in the glassblowing process. Inexperienced members will have the opportunity to work in multiple roles vital to the process, running doors, keeping the tools organized and ready for working, running torches, and creating and setting up color combinations. Students with no glass experience will be introduced to the process through a paperweight making exercise.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration
Category: Community Service, Design Challenges, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
GOLF, and How to Step up your Game!!
In this G-Term course, you will find ways to improve your golf game, both physically and mentally. It does not matter if you play golf a couple of times a year or are a member of the golf team, the goal of this course is improvement! We will spend less than a full day in the classroom. The rest of the time will be spent out on the course along with an opportunity to volunteer at the Sony Open! We will discuss rules and strategies as well as Sports Psychology concepts to maximize our potential! If you enjoy the game of golf, this is the G-Term for you!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Empathy, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Academic Explorations, Active/Outdoors, Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Gyotaku (Fish Printing) and Impressions of plants
This hands-on project will help students realize that with a little persistence, they too can create art using what nature provides as a stamp. The first day, students will learn about the history of the art of Gyotaku, or fish printing, and begin the process. On each day the students will make prints on paper and shirts/textile using different fish and plants that we provide or that they bring in. By the end of the third day, each student will finish a few selected prints with detail and color ready for display.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
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-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.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Curiosity, Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Haunted Honolulu
Ghost encounters and tales of spirit hauntings appear within every culture across the world. Spirits haunt very different kinds of people and places, and have appeared in very different forms throughout human history. In this G-Term experience students will listen to local guest storytellers, visit haunted locations both on and off campus, and will work on crafting and telling their own ghost stories. For the Share Fair, each student will perform an oral telling of a ghost story of their own creation that includes aspects of their own background and experiences.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Embracing Diversity
Category: Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Hawai`i: The State of Food
Does your family have a garden growing fruits and vegetables year-round? Do you or someone in your family know how to cook them? Do you support local farmers by participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network? Do you choose local food first in grocery stores and ask vendors and restaurants whether they buy local? According to A New Day in Hawai'i, a plan released in 2010 by then-gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie, our dependency on imported food is a problem we ignore at our peril. Any disruptions to food supply lines–international crises, natural disasters, or labor disputes–would leave us with less than a week of food. The continual importation of produce increases the chances of importing harmful invasive species that could devastate our ecosystems and our agricultural economy. And finally, Hawai'i is collectively “going out to eat” at a cost of about $3 billion, which leaves our economy each year. Producing just 10% of the amount locally would keep $300 million circulating in our own economy. Whether you’re a home gardener who cooks your own harvest, a future entrepreneur planning to farm and feed Hawai'i locally, or simply curious about how food arrives on your family’s table, you can help reduce Hawai`i’s dependence on external food supply lines and help sustain our local community. In Hawai'i: the State of Food, you’ll be examining your familial and personal practices regarding food procurement and considering the sustainability and consequences of those choices. You'll also be conversing with a panel of local farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, discovering what they and others are doing to support local food sustainability. On Day 2, you’ll visit Mohala Farms in Waialua, which grows over 30 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs year-round. There, you’ll be assisting in various farm tasks, selecting local and organic produce to cook the next day, and selecting seedlings to grow at home. On Day 3, students will cook a potluck lunch in small groups, using our Waialua-harvested produce, sharing food and recipes you’ll enjoy again with future harvests. On Day 4, we will reflect on Hawai`i’s challenges regarding food, then consider personal and collective actions to create greater food security and sustainability. After four days, you’ll have dirt under your fingernails, love feeding a seedling, reap recipes, and feed a fondness for farming and supporting our local food supply.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Healthy Lifestyle: French & Spanish Flare
Discover the long term positive benefits of yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, hiking and healthy cooking! Each day we will go for a leisurely hike and enjoy a guided yoga or tai chi class. After taking care of the body and mind, we will stimulate our senses with French and Spanish cuisine. You will have the opportunity to learn how to make a few healthy dishes from France and Latin America. On Friday, you will put your perseverance, resilience and healthy cooking skills to the test by partaking in a Master-Chef style competition.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors, Food And Cooking, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Improve Through Improv
In this G-Term course, students will have the opportunity to experience the fun of improvisation through a series of games and activities. We will explore the different forms of improv: short-form and long-form. Students will find themselves in a fun and safe environment where they can express themselves and ‘fail without fear,’ as improv calls us to build on other’s spontaneous ideas. Our goal is for students to improve and expand on their use of collaboration, critical and creative thought, curiosity, and resourcefulness, all while stepping outside their comfort zone to have fun and create relationships. Prior experience is not required; all beginners are welcome!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Resourcefulness
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Inspiration Benches
In this session, you will have the opportunity to work with students from the Kaimuki High School STEM Academy to assemble, paint, and decorate wooden benches to be donated to nonprofit organizations and schools in our community. No experience with tools necessary - all you need is a giving heart and a desire to help uplift and inspire members of our community.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration
Category: Community Service
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Japanese Arts and Sharing Peace
Students who participate in this experience will develop a stronger awareness and commitment to striving for greater intercultural understanding and global peace through empathy. Students will create beautiful kage-e (shadow art) as a means of delivering their peace messages to the Punahou community and to Hiroshima. Students will fold origami cranes as they interact with visitors at Pearl Harbor where they will share the messages of peace and reconciliation. Students will also learn and experience various Japanese culture including wearing yukata (summer kimono), singing and dancing bon dance and eating Japanese cuisine. Join us in our call for peace!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Persistence & Resilience, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Let's Get Trivial
This session will test your knowledge of how much you know about...well, everything! We will play different trivia games, and work on creating our own questions and games. At last -- you’ll be able to make use of all those useless facts you’ve been holding onto!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
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 Waimanalo 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 for other farm animals. With our G-Term animal friends you will increase your persistence, resilience, and empathy. Yeeeehaw!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Empathy, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Local Grindz
Students with an interest in local foods and restaurants will be inspired by chefs and restaurant owners, with affiliations to Punahou, who will “talk story” about their passions and career journeys in the culinary arts. Students will also experience restaurant visits that will challenge them to eat a diverse array of ethnic foods. Journal reflections and other written assignments will be required. On the final day, students will share their three-day experiences along with a favorite generational recipe and a favorite “local” food establishment review with the rest of the Punahou community.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Embracing Diversity
Category: Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Make 'Em Laugh
As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. From a scientific point of view, laughter boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and acts as a sure-fire cathartic release of stress and anxiety. It stands to reason, therefore, that a G-Term spent laughing and sharing funny stuff has got to have some health-inducing effect. (Even no less than the brilliant 20th Century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein observed, "The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man." Duh.) The aspiration of this G-Term is to get students to laugh as much as possible. To that end, we'll write fake "Onion"-styled news stories and SNL "Weekend Update" segments, try our hand at writing and performing comedy sketches based on school life (all PG, of course), write captions for New Yorker cartoons, watch funny clips of comedians at work (all PG, of course), and culminate the three days with writing our own jokes and performing (or filming) them in brief monologues. Our working assumption: Humor is the best teacher there is.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Medical Immersion
Medical Immersion is for students who are curious about careers in the medical field. Students will visit the John A. Burns School of Medicine to learn clinical skills, try simulated surgery, visit the Cancer Center and have lunch with current medical students. Student will shadow a medical professional for 4 hours. A systematic approach will be utilized to solve medical mystery cases in teams. Speakers will include Hawai'i professionals in the field of health.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Mind Body Balance
Challenge your body, mind, and soul in this rigorous, restorative, and mindful adventure. Together, we'll spend each of the mornings developing our perseverance and resilience while hiking the beautiful landscapes of O'ahu on safe but challenging trails. The afternoons will be spent challenging ourselves in a different way through yoga and mindfulness. (*Note: in case of rain, mornings will be spent in doors, with an alternative physical challenge.) Lace up those hiking shoes, get into some yoga pants, and prepare yourself for an experience that is sure to increase your mental and physical strength. #adventureawaits

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Molokaʻi Retreat –Mindfulness, Yoga and Hawaiian Culture
Students will learn yoga and mindfulness techniques to renew the body and mind, reduce stress and learn how to incorporate these practices into their lives. Students will have opportunities to deepen connections with themselves, their peers, as well as the people and places of Moloka'i. Being visitors to Moloka'i, they will be able to experience Hawaiian culture and values of the island. They will practice aloha 'aina through community service as they work to preserve the native coastal land at Mokio Preserve and hike Halawa Valley. Through the beauty of the island, students will have the opportunity to explore and inquire: "what is here for me," with curiosity, acceptance, malama, and aloha.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Hawaiian Values & Culture
Category: Academic Explorations, Active/Outdoors, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Moderate


Tentative Itinerary:
January 6
9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Punahou School
Team building activities, yoga and mindfulness practices

January 7
Flight to Moloka'i - HA # 652, 2:44pm-3:12pm
Stay at Crabb 'Ohana beach front house- rest and relaxation
Visit Pala'au State Park
Mindfulness walk to Kalaupapa lookout and the Phallic Rock
Night visit to Kanemitsu Bakery for Moloka'i Hot Bread

January 8
Mokio Preserve
Service project with Moloka'i Land Trust to restore and care for the land
Yoga and Mindfulness practices
Bonfire, Star gazing

January 9
Halawa Valley Cultural Hike
History of the sacred valley from people who were born and raised there
Yoga and Mindfulness practices
Night visit to Kanemitsu Bakery for Moloka'i Hot Bread

January 10
Historic Coconut Grove- fresh water springs
Yoga and Mindfulness practices and journal reflection
Flight to Honolulu, HA #653, 3:38pm-4:05pm

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
Musical Performance Anxiety
Are you interested in improving as a classical musician? Do you ever have trouble dealing with performance anxiety? Come learn to be the virtuosic performer you’ve always wanted to be! Through this course, you will have the chance to learn how to better manage performance anxiety and will be performing for your peers. Learn through observation and physical and mental preparation.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Empathy, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Na Keiki Ho'okani
In this G-Term, Na Keiki Ho'okani, students will be collaborating and developing an interactive, 45-minute show that will be shared in nursing homes and at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Children in hospitals face depression and loneliness. Our goal is to spread aloha through music in this 45-minute concert to engage the children. Na Keiki Ho'okani is not limited to the time of frame G-Term. We hope that this work will continue beyond G-Term and will involve teens from different schools to service different communities.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Pirates of the G-Termmean
Arghh, mateys! In this course, we will engage intellectually and playfully with the concept of The Pirate as it appears both in myth and reality. We’ll start by exploring romanticized depictions of the pirate in film and investigating why pirates have become such a pervasive and enduring part of our popular culture. We’ll sharpen our understanding of these portrayals by learning to choreograph sword fights for stage and screen, and we’ll see how Hawai'i’s number one industry -- tourism -- capitalizes on pirate popularity with its Pirate Ship Adventure in Waikiki. Over our three days together, we’ll broaden our curiosity about pirates, from the so-called Golden Age of piracy to modern day piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and waters off the coasts of Somalia, Indonesia and Venezuela.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
This G-Term experience seeks to help students develop richer and more meaningful relationships with their canine pals by offering them the opportunity to learn and practice the basic skills involved in positive reinforcement dog training. We’ll try to understand how dogs learn, how we can best teach them, and how we can create relationships with them that will ensure they are welcome members of any household. Students will practice persistence and resilience by remaining calm and centered while working closely with a diverse population of preselected dogs with various levels of previous obedience training.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Empathy, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors, Life And Other Skills
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Protecting and Restoring Native Bird Populations
The ultimate goal of this G-Term is for you to understand the extraordinary efforts that people take in order to help conserve threatened species. Expect to work hard but also expect to do rewarding work. We will work with Pacific Rim Conservation (google them for more info) to assist in a few of their conservation and restoration projects. We will hike into Wailupe valley to see the O'ahu 'Elepaio and help with rat control efforts. We will also go to Ka'ena point to assist with the banding of Albatrosses and, possibly, with the placing of foster eggs. Lastly, we will go to James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, near Kahuku, where they are working to establish colonies of a variety of seabird species whose normal nesting areas are vulnerable to sea level rise. There, we will help with seabird burrow installation, cleaning, and/or repair, as well as a variety of habitat restoration efforts.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Embracing Diversity, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Punahou Ninja Warrior
Ever think you could be the next Punahou Ninja Warrior? Then this is the experience for you. Design, construct and compete in an on-campus obstacle course before challenging yourself even further with the Schofield Marine Corps Obstacle Course. Finally, we’ll further explore teamwork and tactical planning at the Bellows paintball field. Can you rise to the challenge?

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Puʻu o Manoa: Rocky Hill Camping Experience
Are you interested in environmental protectionism and tackling issues around environmental sustainability? Using a lens of social awareness, our G-Term activities will focus on big and small ways to help our natural environment. Some of the work will be strenuous, specifically the work on Rocky Hill improvements including invasive species removal. However, this G-Term is not all hard work. The group will camp for two nights on Rocky Hill and student teams will create menus and cook/prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the entire group.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Active/Outdoors, Community Service
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Race and Identity in Popular Film
This course will look at film portrayals of African Americans and Asian Americans. Students will watch movies from different time periods to investigate how and why portrayals of race have changed (or not changed) over time. Each day will focus on one or two movies. Students should expect to participate fully and thoughtfully in discussions and activities related to these films.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Ready. Aims. Fire!
Why try one when you can have them all? Experience a taste of many different G-Terms over the course of three days. Learn how to observe and empathize with the learning journey of others as you explore how the Aims of a Punahou education fit in your own learning journey. This self-directed experience is personalized by the questions each student identifies and is sufficiently flexible that students can work together or independently to investigate how the Aims are actually taught, practiced, and assessed

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Empathy
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Rocket Science with Kerbal Space Program
Use the computer game Kerbal Space Program to learn rocket science! In this G-Term, students will learn the math behind space flight while using the game Kerbal Space Program. Once students understand the basics, they will form into teams to plan and conduct a mission to the moon with one student piloting the ship and the rest staying back on earth in mission control.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Shibori: Dyeing with Indigo
Shibori is a traditional Japanese dyeing technique that uses indigo dye and fabric that has been folded, bound, or wrapped, similar to tie-dye. Through creative and critical thinking, along with some trial and error, students will learn about the Shibori technique and dye clothing and other materials that they can take home. Shirts will be provided, but students are highly encouraged to bring in clothes and other materials to “upcycle.”

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Simple Indian Cooking
A three day culinary adventure involving Northern Indian cooking using Indian spices and low cost ingredients, the best results of which will be shared by all. Students will study recipes, shop for groceries and cook a meal. The goal is for every participant to feel comfortable in a kitchen and be able to cook a low cost Indian meal for many people.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Curiosity, Embracing Diversity, Resourcefulness
Category: Cultural Awareness, Food And Cooking
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Singing the Circle: Exploring sound, creativity, self, and community through song
Circle singing is a form of spontaneous vocal composition popularized by musician Bobby McFerrin. Some examples of this kind of music making can be found here (youtu.be/TNlmU4nPySI) and here (youtu.be/sVIens6U-GM). If you sing along with tunes, create your alternative (and clearly better!) harmonies to songs, or find yourself continually creating “walking music” or “beats,” this experience is for you. All singers are welcome, whether you consider yourself a novice or expert. All you need is a willingness to sing (don’t worry about if you sing “well” or not) and to try new things in the safety of a supportive community. There is a space for success in everyone. At the end of this experience, participants should have a new understanding of how their voice works and how they can create spontaneous music with friends quickly and easily.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Embracing Diversity, Resourcefulness
Category: Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
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 to the product using a blend of technical and artistic techniques. Woodworking, art, and technology.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Critical & Creative Thought, Resourcefulness
Category: Design Challenges, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
STEM and Social Responsibility in Seattle
We’ll visit several science and tech organizations in Seattle as we investigate the practice of social responsibility by organizations, engage our curiosity about the natural and designed worlds, and understand the lives of people working in STEM fields. We’ll speak with employees, many of whom are Punahou alumni, to learn about their work and hear their personal journeys. Several small group discussions with employees will provide deeper insights into their life journeys. In a few places, we’ll also tour active work spaces. Background research, discussions, collaborative blog entries, and written reflections will help us to prepare for and process our experiences.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Curiosity, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Academic Explorations
Physical Activity Level: Light


Tentative Itinerary:
Our itinerary and the organizations we will visit are subject to change up through the last day of our session, but we anticipate visiting the following locations:

Amazon
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
Boeing Future of Flight aviation center and factory tour
Bungie, Inc.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Microsoft Visitor Center
PATH
Seattle Aquarium
University of Washington

We anticipate very full days, with visits to 2-3 organizations per day and daily homework. Wake-up call will typically be 7:30 or 8:00 am with lights out at 10:30 pm. Ground transportation will be by chartered bus and on foot; students can expect to walk 1-3 miles per day, sometimes in the rain. Lodging will be in two-bedroom hotel suites with four students per suite; students are expected to share a king-sized bed with another student of the same gender.

Criteria for Selection:
  • Must be genuinely interested in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student especially in a professional setting.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
The Ultimate Frisbee Experience
We will be playing Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf. The course is an opportunity to learn how to throw (or how to throw better) and how to play different games using a flying disc. The class is open to those who are already proficient with a disc and to those who are looking to improve on prior skills. We will spend a couple days on campus and one day on the beach at Waimanalo.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Strenuous

 
Try Voyaging
For all the paddlers who wonder what it's like to sail, for all the racing sailors who wonder what it's like to voyage, and for all the students of Hawaiian voyaging who wonder what it would be like to try it yourself, now is your chance! Learn the basics of seamanship, safety, and voyaging canoes on campus, visit METC on Sand Island to tour the deep sea wa'a Hokule'a, Hawai'i Loa, and/or Hikianalia, and finally learn to sail the coastal canoe Kamauheheu.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Uechi-Ryu and "The Karate Kid" too
This G-Term will serve as an initial introduction to Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do. Uechi-Ryu, a traditional style of Okinawan karate, was named for Uechi Kanbun (1877-1848), an Okinawan who fled to Fujian Provence, China and studied martial arts in the late 19th century. Through the study of Uechi-Ryu we will explore and expand our ability to be persistent and resilient. Beyond just practicing the foundational techniques and kata of Uechi-Ryu, we will also meet and talk with leaders in the style and learn about how they have called upon their persistence and resilience to overcome adversity in their lives. Finally, we will view the feature film The Karate Kid (1984) and analyze how “Daniel-san” overcomes challenges to win the All-Valley Karate Championships! Consider joining this G-Term if you are interested in martial arts, the Japanese language, hit films from the 1980s, burning off holiday calories, building self-confidence, persistence and resilience, and having fun!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience
Category: Active/Outdoors, Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

 
Ulana Naʻau Au: Lau Hala Weaving
This G-Term experience invites you to learn the traditional Hawaiian craft of lau hala weaving. We will learn about the importance of the hala tree in Hawaiian culture and also in the symbolism and history of our school and spend time collecting, cleaning and preparing leaves. Finally, we will work with experienced kumu to create a weaving project that you will be able to enjoy well beyond G-Term!

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Hawaiian Values & Culture
Category: Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
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 are superhero characteristics for today, culminating with designing your own comic book for a young audience.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Embracing Diversity, Empathy
Category: Active/Outdoors, Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts
Physical Activity Level: Light

 
Washington, DC: Close Up
The Close Up Washington experience is an adventure in a city brimming with exciting history and heritage. Using DC as a living classroom, you will get a “close up” view of government-- interacting with the people, processes, and places that make this federal city so unique. Picture standing on the same steps where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and the humbling moment when you read the Gettysburg Address in the chamber of the Lincoln Memorial for the first time. Imagine walking through the halls of Congress and meeting your elected officials face-to-face to discuss the most pressing issues of our nation. In Close Up's program, you will have these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and be inspired as you explore the famous monuments, world-renowned museums and hallowed institutions that define our past and present. Even if you have visited the nation's capital before, your experience with Close Up will be unlike any other.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Curiosity, Embracing Diversity, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Academic Explorations, Cultural Awareness
Physical Activity Level: Light


Tentative Itinerary:
You will:
  • Meet peers from around the country and participate in discussions and debates that expand and complement your worldview;
  • See DC beyond the marble by visiting vibrant neighborhoods throughout the city and attending a cultural event;
  • Discuss the events that have shaped our world through visits to DC's must-see sites, including Arlington Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard;
  • Debate and discuss issues with Washington insiders giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how our government operates, and so much more!
  • Simulate the college roommate experience as you share your hotel room with one Punahou student and two students from another school.
Criteria for Selection:
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and profit from this program.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of stability, maturity and the ability to serve as a good representative of a Punahou student.
  • Must demonstrate evidence of good health as certified by a physician on the basis of a recent medical examination.

 
Watching Harry Potter Movies for Cultural Meaning
By watching two Harry Potter films a day, stopping to discuss identifiable critical values, and identifying key critical cultural elements of this magical school community, students will be able to ask, ponder and reflect on values present in their daily lives. Through a collaborative framework, crossing lines in the Academy, and after discussing these values for three days, students will be asked, as a collective community (all in the session) to create a student-led value code for their own imaginary school.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thought, Curiosity, Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Social Responsibility & Engaged Citizenship
Category: Academic Explorations, Cultural Awareness, Life And Other Skills, Visual & Performing Arts, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Very Light

 
Women's Self-Defense and Self-Empowerment
The main goal of this session is to empower young women, helping them to feel more resilient and resourceful in all aspects of their lives. We will explore how confident we feel when dealing with a range of situations from uncomfortable to threatening while learning ways to respond. Through daily self-defense training, the young women will work collaboratively to practice the various responses that can then arm them in the real world.

Primary Aim(s) of Focus: Persistence & Resilience, Resourcefulness
Category: Life And Other Skills, Wellness & Personal Growth
Physical Activity Level: Moderate