Campus Master Plan

Integrating and unifying the campus. Punahou School has developed a master plan that contemplates the 76-acre campus in its entirety and takes an integrated approach to the evolution of our built and open spaces. The Campus Master Plan was endorsed by the Board of Trustees in 2013 and is guided by key principles such as the reaffirmation of Ka Punahou as the School’s geographical, historic and spiritual center; increasing open and green spaces; making a large school feel intimate and nurturing; and reinforcing the arts as a core element in the learning journey of each child.

Phase 1

Phase 1 encompasses the redevelopment of the grades 2 – 5 neighborhood following the successful experience of Case Middle School and Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood, where programs have inspired facility design that is flexible and student-centered. The architectural firm Design Partners Incorporated has been selected to work with the School on this project over the coming years.

Phase 1A

Realignment of Piper’s Pali

The realignment of Piper’s Pali toward the Diamond Head edge of campus created additional space for the future grades 2 – 5 facilities. Road construction work began in late July of 2014 and completion in spring of 2015.

Construction of First Four Classroom Studios
Construction of the first four of seven total two-story studios in the new grades 2 – 5 neighborhood

began 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 were removed during this phase.

Phase 1B

Remaining Construction of Grades 2 – 5 Neighborhood

Following Phase 1A, construction will begin in the remaining 3 studios (12 classrooms), the K – 8 Learning Commons and the visual and performing arts building. It is anticipated that Phase 1B will be completed and ready for use in the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Beyond Phase 1

In addition to the completion of the neighborhood for grades 2 – 5 and the creation of our K – 12 Learning Commons, projects called for within the Campus Master Plan include:

  • Centralizing the School’s music programs into one building to meet the growing demand for music education among our student body and the desire to effectively leverage instructional resources. Bishop Hall will be repurposed to house world-class performance and practice spaces for the many groups and ensembles currently dispersed throughout campus.
  • Creating a “global village” that will house language programs adjacent to Wo International Center – intentionally cross-pollinating the many initiatives that advance the skills and experiences our children will need in the 21st century.
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