University of Hawai`i at West Hawai`i

Scope of Work included the site design multi-purpose entry gathering space including grading, hardscape, landscape planting and irrigation system design, LEED Platinum Certification documentation, bidding and construction administration services. xeriscape landscape with renaturalized lava rocks, reclaimed water drip irrigation system design, grading, and “marae” gathering place design for the student center at West Hawai’i University Read more about University of Hawai`i at West Hawai`i[…]

UH Culinary Institute of the Pacific

Ki Concepts was involved from the early planning stage to provide inputs for site layout, hardscape, and unique landscape features and developed PRU plans. Working closely with the community and stakeholders, many large trees werepreserved and the areas disturbed were to be planted with native grasses and groundcover and adoptive species which will survive with Read more about UH Culinary Institute of the Pacific[…]

Ulu Garden

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.


NFL Youth Education Town Hawaii

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. […]

Kanu o ka `Aina Learning `Ohana Public Charter School

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).


NOAA – Pacific Regional Center

LICH – La `au Ku Kahi Award of Excellence 2013

HHF – Preservation Honor Awards, Citation for New Addition and Adaptive Use 2014

LEED Gold Certification

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new Pacific Regional Center is located on a national historic landmark site of Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, originally known as Moku ‘ume‘ume, or “the isle of attraction”. The project expresses the strong environmental ethos of both NOAA and that of the indigenous Hawaiian culture. […]