Kalaepōhaku, Kapālama, O‘ahu
In 1977, the Midkiff Learning Center was named in honor of Frank E. Midkiff, Ph.D., former President and Trustee, distinguished educator, and civic leader. In 1939, Mr. Midkiff became a trustee of the Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate.
The Midkiff Learning Center was dedicated in 1977 at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School campus. It was designed for current and future students of the high school to house materials from both the boys school library and girls school library. But it also envisioned a learning center for future generations with a dedicated room for Hawaiiana materials, a television studio and an audio and graphics center.
Today, that vision is being realized in a thriving Learning Center with a Library of over 60,000 books and other various resources, a Digital Media Production studio, a Student Production Center, the Hawai‘i Pacific Collection, Student Publications, the Kamehameha Schools Museum Archive and multiple classroom spaces and work study spaces. This project involved programming, space planning, a technical assessment and cost forecasting for a comprehensive renovation of this 50,000 square foot structure. Redesign of the new learning center is ongoing with further studies that could expand the building uses.