Reimagining Learning Environments

Few schools can claim a sense of place as strong as Punahou's. Sheltered by Manoa Valley and nourished by the waters of Ka Punahou, the lands of the New Spring have provided sanctuary and belonging to children and adults for nearly two centuries. While the campus continues to evolve, it sustains a timeless connection to Hawai'i and its own history. Today, we are preparing for the future with thoughtful campus planning that enhances the landscape of learning that is so central to the Punahou experience. Goal: $80 million.

2-5 Community

A New Community for 2 - 5

The comprehensive redesign of Punahou's Junior School that began with Case Middle School and continued with Omidyar K -1 Neighborhood will be completed by the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5. Funding from the campaign will enable us to create a multifaceted landscape of learning that taps into children's natural sense of curiosity, discovery and play, while grounding them in an intimate and nurturing community.

K-12 Learning Commons

K-12 Learning Commons

The K – 12 Learning Commons are a physical representation of our vision for the future of education. They are two facilities – one in the Junior School and one in the Academy – that will build congruency between students’ experiences in school and the real world through teaching and learning that is student-driven, interdisciplinary, collaborative and highly creative. The K – 12 Learning Commons will transform students’ questions into meaningful work that addresses authentic challenges and audiences while supporting faculty as thoughtful researchers and innovators, positioning Punahou as an educational resource and partner for other schools.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning

Flexibility and fluidity in our indoor and outdoor spaces allow teachers to engage with a greater variety of learning styles, while broadening opportunities to mix instructional techniques and age groups. From a native forest to edible gardens that recycle the waters of Ka Punahou, an outdoor landscape inspired by the Hawaiian ahupua‘a supports a curriculum grounded in our unique island culture and history.



Adhering to the highest levels of green design is an opportunity to include sustainability education in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Building on the successes of Case Middle School (LEED Gold) and the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood (LEED Platinum), we will take Punahou’s commitment to sustainability beyond architecture and make it a learning experience for students in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for grades 2 – 5.

Construction Status

Campus Master Plan

Following the successful completion of Mamiya Science Center, Case Middle School and Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood, Punahou updates its Campus Master Plan to initiate the next chapter in reimagining Punahou's learning environments for the 21st century.
Master Plan Update

Realignment of Piper’s Pali

July 2014
The start of Phase 1A, the realignment of Piper’s Pali toward the Diamond Head edge of campus will create additional space for the future grades 2 – 5 facilities. Road construction is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2015.
Piper’s Pali

Grades 2 – 5 Construction

March 2015
With Piper’s Pali realigned, construction of the first four of seven total two-story studios in the new grades 2 – 5 community begins in March of 2015. These four studios will house 16 of 28 new classrooms, which are scheduled to be opened for the 2016 – 2017 school year. In preparation for the construction, Winne Elementary Units C and D will be removed during this phase.
2 – 5 Construction Begins

First Four Classroom Studios

Summer 2016
Marking the completion of Phase 1A, construction of the first four of seven total two-story studios in the new grades 2 – 5 community is complete and open for use in the 2016 – 2017 school year. These four studios house 16 of 28 new classrooms. The Classes of ’26 and ’27 will occupy these studios in their inaugural year; they will eventually house grades 4 and 5.
First Four Studios Complete

Learning Commons and 2 – 3 Construction

Fall 2016
Marking the beginning of Phase 1B, construction begins on the final three studio buildings that will house the remaining 12 classrooms in the grades 2 – 5 project. When completed, these remaining studios will house grades 2 and 3. Construction also begins on the Junior School Learning Commons, with its adjacent facility for visual and performing arts.
Commons and Studio Construction

Grades 2 – 5 and the Learning Commons Open

Fall 2019
The grades 2 – 3 facilities and Junior School Learning Commons are open, completing the 2 – 5 community and Phase 1 of the campus master plan.
2 – 5 and the Commons Open