Vladimir Ossipoff is the most celebrated architect in Hawai'i. In his quest to pursue his own personal vision of tropical modernism, Ossipoff merged built environments with the natural environments to create harmony. By visiting the Liljestrand House, one can see his take on tropical modernism.
Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge is a self-conducted experiment which seeks to discover if a typical Hawai‘i single family dwelling located in a urban residential zone can legally achieve what once was commonplace for all of Hawaiian people, “the ability to live 100% off of the land, with the ike kuhohonu (deep knowledge) and kuleana (responsibility) to manage that land for eternal perpetuity.” Living Buildings generate 100% of their own energy from renewable resources, collect and treat 100% of their own water for human and plant use, and capture and treat on-site 100% of all waste-water and storm-water used by the building for the purposes of urban agriculture, food production, and groundwater re-charge.
Traditional Hawaiian Home
KA PAPA LO‘I O KANEWAI
Visit Manoa's very own traditional Hawaiian Hale (house). Located near the Manoa River, the Hale at Kanewai is a symbol of the Hawaiian culture and reflects the kuleana of the native Hawaiians. Hear the running waters in the lo'i patches and feel the cool refreshing breeze as you tour the site and learn more about the native Hawaiian culture.
DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR
The AIA Honolulu architectural walking tour of Downtown Honolulu is a rare treat for local residents and visitors to explore downtown Honolulu through the eyes of an architect or architectural historian. The tour is a great reminder that our busy downtown is not just our state’s business center and financial district but it also harbors some of Hawaii’s most significant and cherished treasures—all within walking distance. The tour goes down Merchant St. to the post office and to Mission Houses Museum. Then back towards town, stopping at Iolani Palace, State Capital, St. Andrews and down Fort St. Mall and Bethel streets.
Waikalua Loko I’a is one of the few remaining intact ancient Hawaiian fishponds in the state. Located in Kāne‘ohe Bay, the approximately 400-year-old fishpond exemplifies the ancient Hawaiians’ skillful management of natural resources.
FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
At Foster Botanical Garden, visitors find a refreshing change from the chaos of the city. As the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Foster Garden displays a mature and impressive collection of tropical plants. Some of the magnificent trees in this 14-acre garden were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand.
AFTER DARK EVENTS
PAPER ARCHITECTURE NIGHT (PAN) LUAU
Paper Architecture Night (PAN) is an event for designers, by designers. PAN is a venue in which architects, designers, and students can share their works with the community. PAN serves as a night for presentations, food, socializing and exposure to the designers and their projects. For this West Quadrant Conference, four different professionals in the local community will be picked to talk about KULEANA and design: Dean Osorio, Kuha’o Zane, Robert Iopa, and Aaron Ackerman. Live entertainment will be provided by former member of Keahiwai, Lei Melket. Food and drinks will also be provided.
Come check out the hottest spots to hangout around Downtown, Kaka‘ako, and Ward. The Barcrawl will feature 6 of the best sports bars, food bars, live bars, and clubs. Conference attendees 21 years and older may participate.
BEAUX ARTS BALL
The Beaux Arts Ball is a semi-formal gathering in which attendees come together as a closing ceremony to celebrate the conference. For this West Quadrant Conference, the Beaux Arts Ball will include entertainment from live local bands: Ragamuffs and Goon Lei Goons, raffle prizes, fun activities such as lei making and a photobooth, food, drinks, and social games. Firms and companies are welcome to participate.
MAKAPU‘U LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL
The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, also known as the Kaiwi Scenic Shoreline, is the second most popular of all the Oahu hiking trails, next to the Diamond Head Hike. This easy to moderate summit trail is definitelyone of the most memorable, with stunning views overlooking Makapuu Beach, Koko Head, the windward coast, and Molokai & Lanai neighboring islands. You will also discover some exciting points of interest along the way including Makapuu Point, old military pillboxes, giant tide pools, a hidden blowhole, and the popular Makapuu lighthouse landmark.
The annual Sandcastle Esquisse has been a AIAS Hawaii tradition for 42 years. Every year, students, professionals, and professors alike descend on Kailua Beach and have a team competition that produces amazing manifestations of sand art and architecture. Every year is faced with a theme and a limited amount of time to use the resources they can find on the beach to produce these works of art. This event has been a bonding time for the architecture community in Hawaii.
TOWNHALL / COP MEETING
A meeting for the Council of Presidents to come together, socialize, and discuss issues pertaining to different AIAS chapters as well as the National chapter. Attendance is open to anyone and everyone. Issues discussed includes membership, funding, AIA relations and other organizational pressing issues.