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.
“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
“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
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
D. Kenneth Richardson ’48 Learning Lab extends the K – 12 Learning Commons.
The Impact of a Diverse Community
A student body that is economically, ethnically, culturally and intellectually diverse enables students to question their own assumptions and gain new perspectives. Multiple perspectives promote the development of 21st-century skills like critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, social responsibility, collaboration, innovation and civic engagement.
“Financial aid is a key mechanism for cultivating the diverse learning community that will prepare all of our students for the changing realities of the global century.”
– President Jim Scott ’70
Mari Shiraishi ’98 and Nicholas Walle
Though Mari Shiraishi ’98 came to Punahou from Kaua‘i as a junior, her two years in the Academy profoundly influenced her life afterward. “Leaving home to attend Punahou was a transformative journey that few neighbor-island students have the opportunity to experience. Punahou changed the trajectory of my life and taught me that no dream is too big to strive for,” she says, adding that some of the most important things she learned as a student – how to stay curious and delve deeper by asking questions – continue to inform her work as a rheumatologist today. Now, she and her husband, Nicholas Walle, see the same curiosity blossoming in their son, Luke ’30, and were inspired to create an endowed financial aid fund with a preference for students from neighbor islands.
“Punahou taught me that the right answer isn’t always most important; sometimes there’s more than one answer or the answer hasn’t even been found yet. It’s about keeping that lifelong learning and inquisitive nature, and we wanted to give another student the opportunity to have that experience.” – Mari Shiraishi ’98
“I am beyond lucky to have come to Punahou with the help of financial aid, knowing someone believed that I belong at this School. That’s something that can only be paid forward.” – Wisdom Matsuzaki ’17
“Punahou is liberating. The path that you choose is your own. It’s not something that someone else makes for you. You set your own destination for your future.” – Chase Stone ’17
“Kids are more aware of the reality of people from different circumstances. They have a greater sense of respect for those in the class who may not have the same benefits they’ve had.” – Academy English Department Head Holly Greenwell ’86
The Impact of Inspired Learning
A Punahou education develops values and character as much as it does intellectual or physical ability, preparing children for a lifetime of personal fulfillment, authenticity and purpose. It is the thoughtfulness and dedication of our faculty that have inspired countless Punahou students to face the world’s challenges with leadership and vision. The attentive cultivation of values sets Punahou graduates apart in the world and inspires them to a lifelong sense of personal and public purpose.
John Radway ’54
Tall, graceful and always curious, Claire Radway was the light of her husband, John’s, life. The two shared a passion for history and philosophy that fueled their travels and love of reading together. Before they met, Claire had shared her enthusiasm for literature as a teacher. Because of her own difficulty learning to read as a girl, she was gifted at helping students with similar challenges. When John chose to create an endowed fund at Punahou to honor his late wife’s memory, he did so with the stipulation that the Claire Radway Literacy Fund be used to support literacy as a gateway to the joy of lifelong learning that his late wife embodied.
“Claire’s passion for learning is the reason why we’ve always supported Punahou for offering the type of well-rounded education that results in a love of life.” – John Radway ’54
“My science class has actively influenced my day-to-day life. I’ve actually gone home and changed the way I live – the things I’m eating, what I’m buying.” – Claire Cutler ’18
“Meaningful learning is work that is embedded in the real world and connected to things we truly care about – people, places, cultures, community needs. It inspires us to learn more deeply, ensuring that learning endures and that we are able to apply what we learned to different situations in the future.” – Emily McCarren, Academy Principal
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