For dreams.

For creativity.

For change.

For everyone.

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The new Academy Learning Commons re-envisions our current Cooke Library, and will feature extensive outdoor, covered gathering spaces for students and faculty, with a generous lānai on four sides, as well as a convenient grab-and-go food kiosk.

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The Academy Learning Commons is envisioned as a gathering space designed to foster engagement, collaboration and connection.

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The building design features multiple entrances from the Academy Quad, as well as a new grand entrance from Rice (Middle) Field that faces the Junior School to better connect it with the rest of campus.

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The Cooke Library Collection of books and resources will be housed in a bright and modern open space to maximize natural light and create more inviting spaces for group meetings and individual quiet study.

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One of the four entrances to the Academy Learning Commons will face Rice (Middle) Field.

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How can we transform a space
to inspire wonder?

The K – 12 Learning Commons are a reimagining of our libraries into a dynamic intellectual hub where students can find their purpose and passion, creating space for the yet unimagined.

The first phase of this undertaking, the Junior School Learning Commons (kindergarten – grade 8), has been inspiring students since it opened in 2019. The second and final phase, the Academy Learning Commons (grades 9 – 12), will structurally repurpose the School’s current Cooke Library. The new LEED certified design reconnects grades 9 – 12 to the center of campus, creates collaborative new spaces for learning and innovation, enhances project-based learning and sparks imagination at a time when the world has been transformed by an innovation-driven economy.

For information about leadership giving opportunities to support this project, please contact a member of Punahou’s Giving Team.

Breaking ground: 2023

Estimated completion: 2025

Learning Commons Stories

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