Question: At the upper campus entrance (Manoa Gate), there is usually a police officer directing traffic in the morning. Periodically, however, there is no one there and that causes a huge back-up well into Manoa Valley. What is the cause of this inconsistency?
Answer: Punahou has a "standing order" with HPD Special Duty for officers to assist with traffic at both the Manoa Gate (near the tennis courts) and the Lower Piper's Pali entrance/exit (by Case Middle School) each morning. HPD Officers interested in special duty have the right to call in and select their jobs. When there is no officer at the Manoa Gate, it is because no one signed up. If only one officer signs up, priority is given to the lower entrance because it impacts traffic more than the Manoa Gate. One other thing you may not be aware of...Punahou's head of security tells us that the officer stationed at the Lower Piper's Pali entrance is there primarily to move traffic out of the campus, again, to avoid backup--NOT help cars enter campus.
Question: I see the signs for the PFA Monthly Meetings but have never attended. What happens at these meetings?
Answer: The Punahou Parent Faculty Association hosts a monthly meeting at the President's Pavilion. They are a great way to meet other parents and stay informed about school events. Each meeting begins with a light lunch, provided by the PFA, followed by presentations from the Punahou Administration or a Teacher Talk. Teacher Talks are discussions led by Punahou faculty or staff, which give parents a glimpse of life as a Punahou student.
The next meeting is on Friday, February 15th from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The agenda includes a mid-year report by Punahou President Jim Scott, updates by Junior School Principal Mike Walker and Academy Principal Kevin Conway, and information about next year's tuition by VP of Finance, John Fields. No RSVP is needed.