SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Kupu at Kewalo Harbor: Design of a Coastal Public Park and Non-Profit Building

The vision of Kewalo Basin will become the heart that links the communities of Kaka’ako and Ala Moana together. It will provide multi-generation uses that will create a place where users can LEARN together, SERVE one another, and RESTORE the vision of a healthy, sustainable future.
The vision of Kewalo Basin will become the heart that links the communities of Kaka’ako and Ala Moana together. It will provide multi-generation uses that will create a place where users can LEARN together, SERVE one another, and RESTORE the vision of a healthy, sustainable future.
Kris Jugueta
Intermediate Design Studio
Fall 2015
Professor: Wendy Meguro

This speculative project aspires to create exemplary urban, landscape, and architectural designs that both mitigate the effects of climate change and enable Hawaii’s people to become stewards of our local environment. It emphasizes creating a conceptual-level ecologically-sensitive landscape and resource-efficient, comfortable architecture appropriate for Hawaii’s 21st century coastline. 

In this final project, students design a landscape and building at Kewalo Basin, a harbor in Honolulu, situated between the most rapidly developing area in Honolulu, Kakaʻako, and Ala Moana Beach Park. The midterm and final critiques include professionals from the non-profit organization, Kupu, and architects, Group 70, who are currently rehabilitating an existing industrial building and surrounding landscape on the site.  

Through precedent studies, site inventories, and site analysis, students assess the urban context, site composition, climate, historical and cultural significance, community and client needs, program, and sustainability goals. Second, students define a vision and program for the site that includes both landscape design and built interventions.  Next, students develop a sequence of design propositions through various modes of representation, including narratives, models, and drawings. 

ʻILIʻILI

HOʻOKUPU

WAI

KALO

INOA

PUKA

MAUKA

AHUPUA‘A

ʻŌ ʻŌ

NI‘IHAU

NAHELE

ʻUALA

KAHUNA

MOKUPUNI

HO‘OKIPA

‘OHANA

LAULIMA

MAHINA

ʻUPENA

ʻAʻOLE

MOKU

NIU

MAIʻA

UILA

KOHOLĀ

LĀNA‘I

HO‘OLOHE

PAʻAKAI

ʻAKAU

LIMU

HAPA

ʻAE

MAIKA‘I

ʻAWAPUHI

NAʻAU

PUNA

LĀHUI

KUKUI

KĪ / LAʻI

ALOHA

AKUA

AHI

ʻULAʻULA

MAU LOA

PONI

LEI

POKE

ʻELEʻELE

HOKU

HAWAI‘I

KAI

KEʻOKEʻO

HIKINA

LANI

ʻAʻALA

MAKANA

KĀLUA

ʻŌLELO

PŌHAKU

HEIAU

AUPUNI

MOLOKA‘I

PUʻU

HO‘OPONO

I MUA

LOA

NAIʻA

HĀLAU

NANI

KAHO‘OLAWE

POLŪ

MAHALO

ʻALANI

PUKAANIANI

HANA

HULA

MANA‘O

O‘AHU

MOʻO

MĀLAMA

LOʻI

HONU

MALIHINI

KOMOHANA

ʻILI

LAUHALA

LOULU

‘UKULELE

HALE

ALANUI

MOKULELE

KOKUA

HEMA

‘OLI

NALU

PAʻA

POKO

AKAMAI

AHU

MOʻOLELO