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 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 encompasses the redevelopment of the grades 2 – 5 community and creation of a Junior School Learning Commons, 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 was selected to work with the School on this project.


Realignment of Piper’s Pali - COMPLETE

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 was completed in spring of 2015.

Construction of First Four Classroom Studios - COMPLETE

Construction of the first four of seven total two-story studios in the new grades 2 – 5 community began in March of 2015. These four studios were built to house 16 of 28 new classrooms, and opened for the 2016 – 2017 school year. In preparation for the construction, Winne Elementary Units C and D were removed during this phase.

Here’s the culmination of Phase 1A construction completed in August 2016...

Completion of Grades 2 – 5 Community - IN PROGRESS

Following completion of the first four studios, construction began on the remaining 3 studios (12 classrooms), the K – 8 Learning Commons and the visual and performing arts building. It is anticipated that construction will be completed and ready for use in the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Construction Camera

Subsequent phases of construction will consolidate the music program and develop a global education neighborhood, among other projects, and be carried out over the next decade. The plan will also include repurposing some facilities and addressing additional Academy classroom needs.

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Find out more about the grades 2 – 5 community and K – 12 Learning Commons, and support Ku‘u Punahou.

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A Wonderland of Learning
Punahou Bulletin Fall 2016

Read about Punahou's architectural heritage and the disposition of Castle Hall and the Winne Units.


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