Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood

Punahou School

Honolulu, Hawaii
Completed 2010

This state-of-the-art educational complex includes six kindergarten and six first-grade classrooms that enclose a large central lawn. Four of the classrooms are located on the upper floor of the two-story City House, while the main student dining/multipurpose room and serving kitchen are situated on the lower floor. The former dormitory and previous kindergarten building, Wilcox Hall, was restored and adapted into a new home for art and music classrooms, a creative learning center, teacher commons, and administration. An outdoor amphitheater was created between Wilcox Hall and the classroom buildings.

The classroom buildings, which integrate outdoor lanais with the classroom interiors, were designed for natural ventilation and daylighting to the fullest extent.  Rooftop photovoltaic arrays allow the buildings to achieve net-zero energy consumption at various times of the day. Rainwater from the roofs is captured in cisterns and used to water the children’s garden plots.

Achieving LEED Platinum Certification in 2011 and LEED Gold EBOM in 2013, the Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood is a model of environmental stewardship, with sustainable features that are integrated into the children’s curriculum and made visible as teaching tools.

Photo credit: Augie Salbosa


Historic Hawaii Foundation
Award of Excellence, 2012
NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Hawaii Chapter Kukulu Hale Awards
New Project Award, 2012
US Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter
Honorary Recognition Award, 2012
American Society of Landscape Architects, Hawaii Chapter
Professional Design Award – General Design, 2012
American School & University
Outstanding Elementary School Citation, 2011
Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Unbuilt Award, 2009
Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Award of Excellence, 2012