Hawaii Community College Pālamanui Campus

University of Hawaii

Kona, Hawaii
Completed 2015

The first phase of the new Pālamanui Campus provides the Kailua-Kona region with its first permanent higher educational institution after decades in temporary spaces in a strip mall at Kealakekua.  A major site constraint was its location on an undeveloped lava field, isolated from existing infrastructure.  Being off-grid required creative, sustainable and ecologically driven architectural solutions.

The campus was envisioned and designed as a learning laboratory, a place for learning and a learning tool itself. Key strategies include sunlight harvesting (photovoltaic system), daylight harvesting, mixed-mode air conditioning/natural ventilation, onsite wastewater system (constructed wetlands) and water reuse for irrigation.  The 73-acre site includes an archaeological preserve containing burial sites and culturally significant features, which was protected and integrated into the overall design.


Building Industry Association of Hawaii
Renaissance Building & Remodeling Grand Award New Commercial, 2016