Reimagining Learning Environments

The Impact of Visionary Spaces

The Kosasa 2 – 5 community is a physical representation of Punahou’s educational philosophy for the 21st century. It incorporates the latest research about the neuroscience of learning into an instructional vision based on personalization and flexibility, in service of learning that is relevant and enduring.

These two studios in a current house of the Kosasa Community have an open dividing wall to create a shared space for the two classes.

D. Kenneth Richardson ’48 Learning Lab extends the K – 12 Learning Commons.

“I like the learning space here at Kosasa. When I’m lying in bed, I can’t wait to go back to school. It’s so fun.”Ty ’28

Joanna Lau Sullivan


Though Joanna Lau Sullivan cut short her university studies to help with her family business, she would become a champion of education. As the wife of former Punahou Trustee Maurice Sullivan, she was a vital part of the family business that created Foodland Super Market Ltd. But it was Joanna’s childhood as the daughter of two hardworking Chinese immigrants that shaped her strong humanitarian drive: numerous organizations in Hawai‘i would benefit from Joanna’s generosity, including Punahou. Joanna was always proud that her four children Kitty Sullivan ’75 Wo, Jenai Sullivan ’77 Wall, Colleen Sullivan ’79 and Patrick Sullivan ’81 were graduates. Upon her passing in 2015, she left a bequest to the School which will be used to name one of the seven studio “houses” in the Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5 in her memory. 

“My mother would be happy knowing that the house closest to the Lily Pond, with the spiritual renewal that it represents, will honor her memory and be filled with the sound of children’s voices for generations to come.”Kitty Sullivan ’75 Wo

“Having no assigned areas in the studio, the joy is in letting the children decide what space works for them. They get to take ownership of their own learning, which includes taking ownership of the space.”Natalie Hayashi, Grade 2 Faculty