Queen Emma was a visionary of her time – a global thinker and leader who humbly went door to door to raise the funds to make sure her dream became a reality. More than 150 years later, we continue to educate the children of Hawaiʻi to be champions of her legacy: Making a positive impact on the world.
At the Office of Institutional Advancement, we work with our philanthropic partners to support the school in providing the best possible learning experience for our students. These partners include generous individuals, alumnae, parents, grandparents, private foundations and corporations, and our own faculty and staff. Together we are shaping the future of our school to attract and retain talented educators, continually innovative our educational programs, and create dynamic learning spaces that enhance the unique beauty and history of our school.
Queen Emma Annual Fund
Gifts to the Queen Emma Annual Fund are essential to our school operations. Dollars raised for the annual fund support the most urgent needs of the schools beyond what our tuition can cover, which is approximately 78% of the cost of educating each child at St. Andrew’s. Every dollar contributed to the Queen Emma Annual Fund goes immediately to work and has a direct and positive impact on all of our students, faculty, and staff.
Our mission to educate students in a culture of care, respect, love, and service is so important – now more than ever – to make our world a safe place where each person is regarded with dignity and humanity.
With the COVID-19 health crisis and Hawaiʻi’s economic disparity, this is a crucial time when many of our families in need of support to provide the extraordinary education that will help their child become a changemaker of the future.
Every gift contributed to the Queen Emma Annual Fund makes a difference in our school community. Together, let's ensure the success of Queen Emma’s legacy for today’s students and future generations.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More than $1 million offered to students in financial aid and scholarships.
A new playground was constructed for the Prep & Priory Lower School.
A new coral wall and landscaping enhance the beauty and safety of our downtown campus at the main entrance.
New fans, scoreboards, and permanent wi-fi in the Weinberg Center Gymnasium are welcome improvements to align our facility with our excellent Athletics program.
As a descendant of Elia Eliakala Nahulu and Magdalene Kanoeleilehuaopuakaleleonalani Kaui Mamaki Nahola, my great grandparents, I am honored to establish the Phyllis Kanoe Cockett 'Ohana Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of them. Being of very humble birth in the late 1800's, their children's education was of the upmost importance to them. They sacrificed much and worked hard to put all six of their children through private schools. Two of their daughters graduated from St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls. Three of their granddaughters also graduated from the Priory, one returned to teach there. I am blessed to be a Priory graduate (Class of '66) and of their 3rd generation of descendants. Presently their 5th generation descendant is enrolled at the Priory. She's their great, great, great granddaughter.
The Mary Ann Ku'uleialoa Jesse Punua Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. Andrew's Schools was created by Victor Kaleikaimana Punua to honor his beloved late wife, Mary Ann Ku'uleialoa Jesse Punua, who passed on June 13, 2013. The scholarship will provide financial aid to students at St. Andrew's Schools who best embody the qualities of Ku'ulei Punua – a deep love of family, hula, leadership, and dedication to perpetuation of Hawaiian culture.
Mary Ann Ku'uleialoha Jesse Punua '53
Mary Ann Ku'uleialoa Jesse Punua was born on March 30, 1934 in Ho'olehua, Molokai, grew up in Kapahulu, O'ahu, and later made her home with her family on Kauai. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and Kumu Hula of "Halau Hula O Ku'ulei Punua" on the island of Kauai for over 50 years.
For over 27 years, the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation has been a great friend and loyal supporter of St. Andrew's Schools. First as lead donors to the gymnasium capital campaign in 1990, and now for capital improvements to the Queen Emma Preschool, the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation has long partnered with St. Andrew's Schools in fulfilling the Foundation's mission to improve the lives of Hawaii's children and families by improving the quality and quantity of early education.
Thanks to a generous gift of $55,000 in 2016-17 from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, the Queen Emma Preschool successfully completed a full kitchen renovation and a partial bathroom upgrade, which accommodates the high-volume usage and production of healthy daily meals for 134 preschool children and 24 faculty and staff.
John "Jube" Jubinsky was born in northeastern Pennsylvania, the youngest son of Michael and Anna, a coal miner and housewife. After obtaining a B.A. in mathematics from Colby College in Maine and his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, he followed his best friend to Hawaiʻi where, after a brief stint in the army, was admitted to the Hawaiʻi Bar in 1959, the year of Hawaiʻi's statehood. From 1960 to 1990, John practiced law at Ashford & Wriston, where he rose to partner. He then became a sole practitioner and Senior General Counsel for Title Guaranty Hawaii.
As the "Dean" of real estate law in Hawaiʻi, John was widely respected by his colleagues for his mastery of legal principles, practical judgment, fairness, and creativity in solving complex transactional problems. Many lawyers have openly marveled at John's ability to cut through to the heart of an issue and cause differences of opinion to disappear. In 2009, Honolulu Magazine recognized John as "Lawyer of the Year," and in 2014, included him on the "Best Lawyers in Hawai'i List."
Over the past 20 years, The Phoebe Furtado Gedge and George Donald Gedge Endowed Scholarship Fund has provided over $490,000 in 95 scholarships to promising upper school scholar-athletes of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Through these scholarships, the Gedge 'Ohana continues to transform the lives of St. Andrew's students and their families for many years to come.
This scholarship is very special to St. Andrew's Schools, beginning with its founding on May 18, 1997 as The Phoebe Furtado Gedge Memorial Fund in memory of Priory alumna, Phoebe Furtado Gedge, Class of 1934. After Phoebe passed away in early 1997, her husband George Donald Gedge, or "Don" as friends and family called him, and their three daughters, Jill M. Beaupre, G. Donna Gedge and Catherine K. Payne, created the memorial fund at St. Andrew's Priory on the anniversary of Phoebe's birthday.