University of Hawaii Manoa, Sakamaki Hall First and Second Floor Renovation

Honolulu, Hawaii

  • FIRM

    KYA, Inc.


    University of Hawaii

  • AREA

    23,648 sq.ft.





The University of Hawaii stakeholders truly supported the exploration and movement toward learning environments and learning methods of tomorrow.
This project was an opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of changing office and traditional classrooms of rowed desks to flexible learning spaces.
Innovative classrooms provide ample writing surfaces on the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$300.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation (IdeaPaint) and translucent [sliding] glass whiteboards to support the high levels of daylight design and flexibility. An extensive A/V system supports mobile technology, and adaptive/flexible furniture supports various configurations, postures, and different group activities.
To honor the original bamboo used in Sakamaki Hall, which had to be removed because of health, maintenance and functional use concerns, photos of the original bamboo were applied to the acoustical clouds in the classrooms. Bamboo plywood was used extensively throughout, and two new, more architectually appropriate species of bamboo were introduced into the design. Window treatments using bamboo patterning reinforced the symbolic presence of bamboo.
Conceived as a prototype to be observed, adjusted and replicated, Sakamaki Hall’s renovation demonstrates the University of Hawaii’s initiative to develop 21st-century facilities across 10 campuses.