Outdoor Learning

Learning occurs everywhere, and Punahou’s incredibly diverse outdoor spaces are just as essential as indoor ones. Bioswales, forested trails, agricultural terraces and gardens are designed to integrate the landscape, support Hawaiian cultural education and cultivate sustainable behavior.

Utilizing outdoor learning spaces on campus and beyond, Punahou’s Outdoor Education Department has provided unique, age-appropriate, outdoor experiences for Punahou students for more than 50 years. The program immerses students in experiences that enable them to form a meaningful relationship with the natural world, with a focus on the unique island context of Hawai‘i.

“When students look back on the experiences they had in Outdoor Education, I hope they are reminded of their responsibility to take care of other living things.”

Outdoor Education faculty Andy Nelson