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Ki Concepts lead the design-build team for the Klipper Golf Course Ponds Restoration Project, located at MCHB Kane‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Existing retention ponds were cleared of debris and invasive alien riparian plants. A wetland restoration plan was developed to restore native riparian species and provide habitat for native Hawaiian waterfowl at 3 non-tidal ponds Read more about Klipper Golf Course – Marine Corps Base[…]
Ki Concepts was charged with creating a lush Asian Tropical environment taking visitors along the edge of a forest looking into a clearing where the elephants gather at a watering hole. Trees and taller plants on the north side of the path serve as the forest edge and focus visitor’s attention into the exhibit. The Read more about Honolulu Zoo Asian Tropical Forest Elephant Exhibit[…]
The first comprehensive statewide sustainable landscape master plan is being developed for the Hawaii State Department of Transportation by Ki Concepts and sub-consultant Jones & Jones Landscape Architects from Seattle. […]
Ki Concepts has developed the overall Landscape Master Plan for the entire site and currently working with the association to design and implement various native plant gardens and landscape features of the Master Plan. The concept of the masterplan was to enrich the Princeville community with Hawaii’s culture, integrating a resort lifestyle with hands on learning experience. Several themes were also employed as a means to convey the concept as well: restoring native vegetation zones, building themed gardens, using traditional building materials and methods of building, and constructing green infrastructure such as bioswales and rain gardens. […]
AIA Hawai`i – Award of Merit 2013
Ki Concepts provided landscape architectural services for the Alapai Transit Center for the Department of Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu. The design intent was to separate pedestrian use areas, maintain visibility for the safety of users, screen the adjacent Honolulu Police Department garage wall, and to meet low maintenance requirements.
Ki Concepts aims to increase public awareness of local culture, environmental sustainability, community and health through imaginative, aesthetically pleasing and practical designs. Community service and volunteerism is an integral part of our firm’s culture.
To help homeowners incorporate exquisite sustainable landscape designs into their home gardens, the Surfrider Foundation has teamed with Ki Concepts, an Oahu based Landscape Architecture and Planning firm.
Ki Concepts creates breath taking, multi-use landscapes unique to each home owners’ needs and vision while managing storm water through rain gardens, stream beds and bioswales. Our designs incorporate native and non-invasive plants with frequent requests for edible and child-friendly gardens.
LICH – Mohalu Honor Award for Water Conservation 2013
In an effort to help inform and educate the community on the modern practices of sustainable landscapes, Ki Concepts developed a comprehensive master plan to create Hawaii’s first educational sustainable garden, located within the Lyon Arboretum. Aptly named “Ulu“, after the Hawaiian word meaning: to grow, to protect and to inspire. The goal for this garden is to inspire people to grow themselves and their knowledge, so that they can help to protect the environment as well as their communities as a whole.
Ki Concepts is leading a multi-disciplinary team to provide major improvements to this historic and cultural landmark, the 116 acre memorial cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii located in Puowaina Crater, also known as Punchbowl. Punchbowl Cemetery is one of Oahu’s most visited destinations. The team was tasked with assessing the cemetery’s expansion capacity while maintaining and enhancing its unique historic, cultural and visual character. The project’s program includes increasing interment capacity by 9,000+ columbaria niches to accommodate projected burial capacity for fifteen years; demolition of the existing Administration and Visitor facility; construction of a new Public Information Center and Administration (PIC/Admin) Facility with LEED Silver certification; renovation of an existing maintenance building; new Memorial Walls and other infrastructure improvements to the cemetery.
Malama ‘Aina Nanakuli Style
In the last couple of years a number of interesting articles have been written about the new NFL Youth Education Town Hawaii facility in Nanakuli. While most articles have focused on the building and its Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii programs none has focused on its landscape and gardens.
The National Football League Youth Education Town (NFL YET) Hawaii, built on 1.61 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands located next to Nanaikapono Elementary School in Nanakuli, is a legacy of the NFL Pro Bowl, which has been played in Hawaii since 1980. It will be the only YET facility built outside a Super Bowl host city. The NFL YET’s are designed to help youngsters succeed by providing educational assistance, job training, technical instruction, life-skills development, and fitness and recreational outlets. The 10,000-square foot facility is managed by the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, which serves more than 14,000 youngsters on Oahu and Kauai, ages 7-17, with programs designed to inspire and enable them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. […]
AIA Hawai’i – Award of Merit 2013
Boston Society of Architects Design Award 2013
Ki Concepts was the landscape architect on an interdisciplinary team led by Flansburgh Architects to create a sustainable master plan for the Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School. The school is part of the Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO), a community-based non-profit organization committed to the advancement of Hawaiian culture for a sustainable Hawai‘i. Programs at KALO are geared toward ‘cradle to tomb’ education for a family of learners from K-12 and the larger community. KALO and its partners work to establish a dynamic, holistic educational environment where project based learning centers on empowering community members to thrive in the modern world while drawing from Hawaiian values such as Aloha kekahi I kekahi (Love one another), Mālama i kou kuleana (Take care of your responsibilities) and Mālama ‘aina (taking care of livings systems that sustain us).