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: $95 million.
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 new facilities for our students in 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.
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.
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 grades 2 – 5 neighborhood.