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Winter 2018

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Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community Construction Update

Follow the progress as this project enters its final year. Kosasa Community is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

This spring marks the second anniversary of the public launch of Ku‘u Punahou — The Campaign for Punahou School. Through the generosity of over 11,000 donors, we’ve raised more than $145 million, supporting students, faculty, programs and our beautiful campus. These gifts have had enormous impact already, and with just over a year to go, you can help us reach the finish line.

The Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, which will include the Junior School Learning Commons, is one of the top priorities of the Ku‘u Punahou campaign.

With an educational program fueled by inquiry-based and student- driven learning, the Kosasa Community is anchored to the heart of the School, Ka Punahou, and will complete the renewal of the Junior School that began nearly two decades ago.

“I like seeing the construction next door and can’t wait for the entire Kosasa Community to be finished.” - Tessa ’28

Learn more at campaign.punahou.edu/place.

Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community
Studio Classrooms and Junior School Learning Commons

In fall 2019, the final phase of the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community is scheduled to open.

Adjacent to the Learning Commons will be a 10,609-square-foot visual and performing arts building – home to group and private practice rooms, and a variety of performance spaces.

The centerpiece of the new neighborhood will be a 19,541-square-foot Learning Commons for students in kindergarten to grade 8. This will include technology/media facilities, makerspaces, flexible gathering spaces, and traditional reading and research areas.

The finished community will include seven studio “houses” with 28 new classrooms overall. Two-story structures, each with their own lanai, will reduce the overall building footprint, increasing the green and open spaces in this part of campus. Each floor contains two classrooms that can be unified via moveable partitions and a shared breakout room for collaboration between classes.

From a native forest to edible gardens that recycle the waters of Ka Punahou, an outdoor landscape inspired by the Hawaiian ahupua‘a will support a curriculum grounded in our unique island culture and history. The diversity of outdoor spaces – from quiet nooks to active play areas – embraces learning that is experiential and fueled by children’s innate curiosity.

Adhering to the highest levels of green design introduces the 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), the Kosasa Community will take Punahou’s commitment to sustainability beyond building design and make it a learning experience for students.