Ku'u Punahou: Summer Update

Punahou School has reached a major milestone with a successful first year in the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5. The project's second phase, anticipated to open in fall 2019, is making steady progress. Even with the enthusiasm that students and teachers have expressed about their new learning environments, the best is yet to come – which is why we need your help!


donors have directed their gifts to the Kosasa Community.


more to raise to fund the Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5.


square feet will be added with the completion of the second phase of the Kosasa Community.


photovoltaic panels will be added to Punahou's campus when the project is completed.


Junior School students will directly benefit from the K – 8 Learning Commons in Kosasa Community each year.

Generosity for Our Youngest Learners

Punahou has made great progress toward the completion of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5. With construction of the second phase – scheduled to open in fall 2019 – well underway, we celebrate several of the donors who are helping to build this vibrant learning community for our youngest students.

Sally Parker and Natalie Parker '05 Smith

"Punahou was such an important part of Donald's life," says Sally Parker of her late husband, Donald Parker '62. "He valued the friends he made so much and playing for the Buff and Blue started off his football career," she adds, referring to his journey from Punahou's legendary undefeated 1962 team to offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers. Later, as an urban planner, Donald deeply valued the intersection of architecture and the environment. "He would have loved the Kosasa Community and the way the water is incorporated into the outdoors," says Sally, which is why she and daughter Natalie chose to name the future bioswale located near the Barwick banyan tree in Donald's honor.

Keslie '97 and Miki Higashide '97 Hui

First as classmates, and then as husband and wife, Keslie and Miki Hui have decades of shared Punahou memories between them. The two recently celebrated their 20th Reunion by supporting the Kosasa Community through their Class Gift. They say that the value of their Punahou education only deepens after graduation: "You go from being a student and not really thinking about the big picture to really understanding what the school stands for and what that might mean for your kids eventually – how innovative and progressive a Punahou education is, and how you can do your part to help support all of these opportunities," says Miki.

Russell '87 and Kristina Ogawa

As co-chairs of the Parent Advancement Council, Russell '87 and Kristina Ogawa are active volunteers in Punahou's parent community, inspired by the experiences of their children Luke '27, Tyler '21 and Kaylee '22. This past year, Luke was in the first class of second-graders to enter the Kosasa Community. "My son had the best year ever," says Kristina. "He loved the new campus, the outdoors. We drop him off and he just runs to his classroom and, as a parent, that's just the best feeling. It's been so exciting to watch our kids grow at Punahou and we wanted to help give back."

Kosasa Community: A Year of Discovery

That first August day in unfamiliar surroundings was new for everyone, but second- and third-graders and their teachers quickly settled into the state-of-the-art buildings and adventure-filled outdoor spaces of the Kosasa Community. Their first year was marked by new experiences (shared classrooms, an 'auwai that fills with water on rainy days, the Explorer Dome) and beloved traditions. Whether it was chanting fight songs at pre-game pep rallies or preparing the imu for Third-Grade Lū'au, those defining rites of childhood at Punahou were as unforgettable as ever.