Project Detail

Kanu o ka 'Aina Learning ʻOhana | Halau Poki’i & Halau Puke

New Academic Facilities | Waimea, Hawaii

Established by Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO), the Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School is a Hawaiian-focused, bi-lingual public charter school serving 220 students in grades K-12. The new classroom buildings designed by Flansburgh for the school appear both ancient and contemporary, exemplifying the school’s mission to provide a 21st-century education steeped in native Hawaiian language and culture. When viewed together, the buildings appear curvilinear, a nod to traditional Hawaiian architecture.

The 9,100-sf Hālau Poki’i, home to preschool classrooms through grade 5, and the 6,200-sf Hālau Puke, a native library for school and community use, are organized around a large, round pico (center in Hawaiian) and share a modular design that accommodates multiple classroom configurations to support varying class sizes and teaching models.

Honors and Awards

AIA Honolulu Award of Merit (2013)

BSA Educational Facilities Design Award (2013)

Time Span 2008–2012
Type New Academic Facilities
Client Kanu o ka 'Āina Learning ʻOhana
Size 15,300 square feet
Cost $6.9 million
Design Team David Croteau, Principal-in-Charge; Joseph Marshall, Project Architect
Consultants Walter Vorfeld & Associates (Structural Engineer); KN Consulting Services (Civil Engineer); Moss Engineering (Electrical Engineer); Hakalau Engineering (Mechanical Engineer); Ki Concepts (Landscape Architect); CostPro (Cost Estimator); LAB [3.2] Architecture (Interior Architect)
General Contractor Quality Builders
Photographer Matthew Millman

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