K – 12 Learning Commons

The K – 12 Learning Commons are critical to the full realization of Punahou’s instructional philosophy, which must equip students to succeed in, and improve, a changing world. Comprised of two facilities – one in the Junior School and one in the Academy – the K – 12 Learning Commons will form a central part of every student’s experience at Punahou.

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The K – 12 Learning Commons will become an extension of every classroom and the hub of collaborative and creative energies on campus, magnifying the applied learning that will help our students to succeed in the 21st century.

In the K – 12 Learning Commons, students will:

  • Build congruency between their experiences in school and the world;
  • Have access to the space and resources (technological, creative and human) that will help them to transform their questions into work that addresses real problems and audiences;
  • Collaborate with students and teachers from different classes, grades and disciplines;
  • Learn from outside experts and mentors who can broaden their thinking about relevant, real-world questions.

Erik ’18 and Bobby’s ’19 story. Designing solutions to problems will be a hallmark of the K – 12 Learning Commons. Guided by the new Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology department, students will have access to the full range of resources they need to learn by addressing authentic challenges. 

In the K – 12 Learning Commons, faculty will:

  • Have a shared gathering space that facilitates partnership across grade levels and disciplines;
  • Belong to a thriving community of professional development resources and programs;
  • Work with partners from Hawai‘i and internationally to explore essential questions and new approaches to education at Punahou and beyond.

The Junior School Learning Commons will be a central feature of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community and utilized by students and faculty from kindergarten through grade 8. See detailed floorplans for the facility, scheduled to open in fall 2019.

Learning Commons Exterior
Learning Commons Interior
Gathering and Performance Space
Learning Commons Interior
Learning Commons Tunnel
Ing Library for Young Readers
Ing Library for Young Readers Amphitheater
Design and Engineering Maker Studio
Art Classroom
Oculus Stage and Gathering Space
Piper’s Pali Drop-Off

The Academy Learning Commons will eventually repurpose Cooke Library and reconnect grades 9 – 12 to the center of campus by creating innovative new spaces for study and collaboration.