The Ai Building, dedicated on October 24, 1991, is home to the Lower School second grade classrooms, a large music facility, and a religious education classroom. Thanks to a $1 million gift from David Ai in memory of his parents Chung Kun Ai and Chung Shiu Shee, the Ai Building is a landmark building in the Lower School because of its destinctive stained glass window facing the autoline. David's father, Chung Kun Ai, attended 'Iolani from 1879 to 1881 and was a classmate of Sun Yat Sen. An important plaque located on the music wall reads "When you drink water, always remember its source." The Ai Building was not the family's first gift. Previously, the family and their company, City Mill, donated Room 8 in the upper school which now serves as the Upper School Counseling Office.
Autumn Leaves Fountain
Autumn Leaves, a magnificent sculpture by Satoru Abe, complements the outside of Seto Hall. Abe was born in Hawaii in 1926 and attended McKinleyHigh School. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1963. The sculpture has more than 500 copper pieces in various degrees of green and red. The fountain's wall is encased in Philippine coral. A circular piece, representing the sun, rests behind the sculpture. In the morning hours, the sun reflects off the water and creates a moving reflection on the wall.
Father Bray Athletic Complex
The Father Bray Athletic Complex houses two gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized pool, a wrestling room, dance rooms, a weight room, boys and girls lockers, a training room, a rehabilitation room, and the infirmary. The Complex is named in honor of Father Kenneth Bray, who developed the "One Team" concept and put 'Iolani athletics on the map.
Father Coon Palm Trees
On the Sunday of May 3, 1992, there were students, parents, alumni, friends, and neighbors coming together in the "Spirit of 'Iolani" to honor the Reverend David P. Coon and his priceless contributions he made as Headmaster. The day opened with a Chapel service, followed by the symbolic planting and dedication of two Royal Palm trees at the Chapel entrance. The trees represent the diverse accomplishments the students and the school had experienced in the twenty-two years under the guidance and support of Headmaster Coon. With the spirit of coming together, growing together, and working together for a common goal, small clusters of families viewed and participated in a variety of activities making that special Sunday a truly memorable day.
Harold K.L. Castle Building
Whether you contemplate the mazelike floor plan that baffled a generation or delve deep to learn about the rich history behind its completion in 1979, the Harold K.L. Castle Building stands as a monument to the solution to a crisis back in the 70's. At the time, Headmaster Father Coon identified three priority needs: to raise salaries for the underpaid faculty and staff; to provide space for administrative offices, classrooms, and the arts; and to increase the endowment fund. Luckily, 'Iolani underwent one of the most momentous episodes in the history of the school which was the 1973 land grant from the Castle family allowing 'IolaniSchool to exponentially increase its endowment fund. Besides the fact that no two rooms have the same dimensions or the fact that the building is a problem in geometry, Dr. LaGory, in his article from the 'Iolani School Bulletin Winter 2001, explains that there is "a door on the lanai that leads straight to the tennis courts on the roof; a bunch of hidden closets appropriated by pack-rat teachers; oblong science labs; a seminar room with windows that look out on hallways; a metal gate hanging over the stairs, its Gothic gears and chains kept locked, as if to prevent it from guillotining an unwary passerby; an elevator door that never opened for years until someone realized there was no elevator in the shaft" and many other strange facets within its walls. As peculiar as the building is, the HaroldK.L.CastleBuilding was a fine addition to the 'IolaniSchool campus and helps to continue the 'Iolani tradition of invaluable education.
Harry andJeanette Weinberg Building
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg building, completed in 2003, was made possible in part by a 3 million dollar donation from The Weinberg Foundation, one of the island’s most famous philanthropic foundations. Harry Weinberg was a businessman and real-estate investor, his wife was an avid painter and philanthropist. The WeinbergBuilding is three stories tall and contains 32 classrooms, a computer lab, an AP biology lab, four physics labs, college counseling offices, and 500-person capacity Seto Hall.
Jessie Kent Sturges '96 was one of the "very finest writers I ever taught," according to Dr. LaGory, coined in his In Memoriam memorial service on December 12, 1995. With every deeply thoughtful paper, her work was crafted with an "artist's care." Another passion of hers besides writing was swimming. Jessie was eager to "swim for 'Iolani" ever since she entered the seventh grade in September of 1990. Although scholastics were first priority and the swim sessions were never to be, Jessie's classmate, Dawn Sakamoto '96 remembers naming her "'Jessie-Fish' after a long day of laughing at sunburnt tourists and swimming at the beach and pool…" Jessie was a remarkable young woman who died on December 3, 1995, after a courageous battle against cancer. A symbolic sundial constructed by 'Iolani art teacher Dave Roberts and his son, Evan Roberts '97, rests on a rock foundation at the entrance way to St. Alban's Chapel in dedication to Jessie. The bronze used in the sundial was from the original bronze plate that surrounded the 'IolaniSchool basketball courts. Jessie will never be forgotten as an amazing member of the 'Iolani 'ohana.
The Kang Tree is planted between NangakuBuilding and I Building, where a new water fountain is located. The Kang Tree was planted in 2004 in honor of Ann Kang, a beloved teacher and coach. Ann Kang passed away in 2003 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, after teaching at 'Iolani for 24 years. Ann Kang is survived by Barry and Marci, both of whom graduated form 'Iolani in 2006.
The Kozuki family firmly believes in the strength of 'IolaniSchool's mission and the philosophy of One Team spirit. The classic architecture of Kozuki Stadium perpetuates a strong athletic tradition, which promotes respect for team members and opponents alike. 'IolaniSchool is honored to have the Kozuki family among its 'ohana.
Maurice J. Sullivan Courtyard
The Maurice J. Sullivan Courtyard is located between the Ranzman (Upper School) Library and the Weinberg Building. As part of 'Iolani's 2003 $20 million first stage capital improvement project, the Sullivan Courtyard serves as the intersection of students crossing between both academic and athletic facilities. The Sullivan Courtyard also is home to many assemblies throughout the school year.
Thanks to a generous $2 million donation from Mr. Masao Nangaku in 1988, the construction of the Nangaku Building began with the building being dedicated on March 3, 1989. Initially, Nangaku was built as a two-story, 24 classroom complex. In June 2003, the Nangaku Building renovation project began as part of 'Iolani's $20 million capital improvement project. Today, Nangaku serves its original purpose with 10 classrooms, but also houses the Office of Admission, Business Office, Bookstore, Office of Institutional Advancement, and Student Publications Offices.
Seto Hall, a spacious multi-purpose auditorium and reception hall, has been dedicated to Edith Matsuyo Seto and Yuen Sang Seto, M.D. '18, parents of Dr. Millard '46, Chauncey '48, Hugo '49, Dr. Dudley '51, Dr. Dexter '52, and Dr. Anthony '55. Born in Hanapepe, Kauai, in 1900, Dr. Yuen Sang Seto was the personal physician of Father Kenneth A. Bray and supported 'Iolani's move from Nu'uanu to the Ala Wai. The Seto family is an honored part of 'Iolani's legacy.
The Wong Pavilion is the main entranceway into the school, and is named in the memory of Lin and Ella Wong. The Pavilion was dedicated on October 7, 2003. Members of the Wong family, led by Reuben '54, established the Lin and Ella Wong foundation to perpetuate the family's strong values. Reuben and Vera Wong have two sons, Delwyn '91 and Irwyn '98.