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Punahou School Installing New Shaw Sports Turf Field
Surface expected to enable Alexander Field to meet Hawaii’s weather challenges

Punahou School is installing a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field.

It rains nearly 300 days a year in lower Manoa valley on the island of Oahu. That precipitation creates a lush landscape. By contrast, it also makes the area one of the most difficult to maintain a playing field for young athletes.

For years, that issue has challenged Punahou School, which is in the process of installing a new Shaw Sports Turf surface on historic Alexander Field, located on its upper campus. The decision was especially important to the school because of the high use demands on the field. As the largest coeducational, independent school on a single campus in the United States, with 3,750 students in grades K-12, Punahou utilizes the field for a variety of student activities, ranging from JROTC to competitive athletic events.

“Alexander Field is used for PE, marching band, football, soccer, track and field, and more,” said Charlotte Kamikawa, Assistant Director of Physical Plant for the school. “At best, our field gets about one month of rest each year. During the rainy season, the most heavily used areas would turn to mud, making the field unplayable.”

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