Century club

Hawaii’s oldest organizations


from: HawaiiBusiness.com STAYING POWER

Punahou School

Punahou can be considered Hawaii’s oldest continuously operated formal organization based on the date it received its first charter of incorporation, according to the state archives’ Articles of Incorporation. While its roots extend back to 1841, the nonprofit’s first charter of incorporation was issued on June 6, 1849, and its second on May 23, 1853. It was originally called Punahou School and went through many name changes before settling back on Punahou School in 1934.

The school sits on land called Ka Punahou, which was donated by Oahu Gov. Boki and his wife, Liliha. James K. Scott, president of Punahou, says the gift of land from Hawaiian alii was critical to the school’s establishment. “Its early days were dependent upon the American Board of Missions and the personal generosity and hard work of the missionaries in Hawaii, and the school remained very small,” he says


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