Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana Receives Architectural Award

Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) in Waimea has won the 2013 Jack C. Lipman AIA (American Institute of Architects) Members’ Choice Award.

Kanu o ka Aina

The award was established in 1999 in honor of Jack C. Lipman, AIA, one of the Hawai‘i Chapter’s distinguished past presidents. According to AIA Honolulu, the recipient of this award is recognized as having achieved an outstanding level of design—appropriate to the climate and culture of Hawai‘i, as voted by fellow AIA Honolulu members.

“Having won an award for phase I of Kauhale Oiwi o Puukapu and now also for phase II validates so much of what we are about, what we are accomplishing, and the positive direction that we are headed,” said Taffi Wise, Executive Director, Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana. “So many key people were involved along the way. In particular, Ken Melrose of Paahana Enterprises and Katie Benioni, KALO’s Kauhale Project coordinator, were two individuals who helped us successfully complete both the first and second phases of our project build.”

KALO Building

KALO hired nationally recognized Flansburgh Architects to assist in master planning a new central campus. The Boston-based architectural firm specializes in the design of academic projects, having completed more than 250 educational facilities across the U.S. and abroad.

In September 2012 the 9,100 square-foot Halau Pokii, home to preschool classrooms through grade 5, and the 6,200 square-foot Halau Puke, a native library for school and community use, opened their doors. Retired U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka was among dignitaries attending the celebration. The buildings occupy a site on Department of Hawaiian Homes Land and are part of the non-profit organization Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana’s womb-to-tomb community based initiatives to support culture based education and the community.

In 2010 KALO was officially awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for their phase one facility, the 9,300 square foot green building called Halau Hoolako, which also serves as a community resource and technology center.

The Kauhale Oiwi o Puukapu learning destination is organized around a piko, or central space in Hawaiian. It is around this large outdoor space that locations for present and future building phases are organized. Considerations for sun, wind, view, rituals, community and appropriate student spaces have been essential to each design phase.

The resulting designs are wedge-shaped, modular buildings that are repeatable, passively ventilated, wind-blocking structures capable of multiple configurations. When strung together, these modules appear curvilinear in nature and maximize viewpoints northwest to the Kohala Mountains and southeast to Mauna Kea. They are cost effective, energy efficient and embrace the beauty of Waimea.

The buildings reflect the value-based pedagogy of aloha, and are designed to celebrate life-long learning as the piko for the community, providing spaces for a culturally-driven educational curriculum for those of all ages.

“KALO remains humbly thankful for all the community and partner support, specifically DHHL, OHA, Kamehameha Schools, USDA Rural Development, Castle Foundation, and the USDOE,” said Wise.

To learn more, visit KALO.org.

About Kanu o Ka Aina Learning Ohana

Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) is a nonprofit educational organization based in Waimea that assists statewide with Hawaiian-focus education. Incorporated in 2000 as a Native Hawaiian nonprofit, KALO and its partners are working to establish an autonomous, holistic education environment for the children of Hawai‘i: grounding every child and adult in the values that have shaped and empowered Hawaiians for generations, involving every member of the community in determining his/her education path and preparing every child of Hawai‘i to thrive in the modern world, free from oppression and with pride for our heritage. Serving and perpetuating sustainable Hawaiian communities through Education with Aloha. Learn more at KALO.org.

Ledward Ka‘apana and Friends Benefit Concert

In a special appearance, Hawaiian slack key master Ledward Ka‘apana and friends will play a benefit concert at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School, Saturday, November 3.  Part of a day-long fundraiser to help Waimea Artists’ Guild bring arts programs into the school, the Concert follows a Holiday Arts Market, and includes a homestyle Chili & Rice dinner.

Ledward Kaapana

“Our partnership with KALO is a very important one that we value highly,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry, the 501(c)(3) parent nonprofit of Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG).  “Working closely with the teachers and administrators, our artists will bring their expertise and talents into the classroom to share with Kanu students—and they’re very excited about it the opportunity.  It’s a wonderful collaboration in our community, and we’re so grateful to Ledward for contributing his music to our day.”

The day begins with an outstanding Holiday Arts Market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kanu, featuring the works of island favorite artists and artisans with a wide range of original creations.  Works of art in jewelry, bone and wood carving, weaving, fiber arts, fine arts, furnishings, fashion and more will be on display, offering the opportunity to meet and talk story with all the artists.  Admission is free and Waimea Artists’ Guild welcomes artists and artisans to join the experience.  Please call 808-887-2289 to sign up.

Following the Arts Market, from 4-6 p.m., Ledward Ka‘apana & Friends appear live in a “backyard-style” dinner concert, in an open air venue on campus.  Described as a musician of “easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm,” Ka‘apana has grown a loyal following of “Led Heads” over 40 years as a professional musician, earning numerous Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and nominations.  His guitar skills, resonant baritone voice and soaring leo ki‘eki‘e (falsetto) have joined musical forces with Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, and many other Nashville stars, as well as notable Hawaiian musicians like Aunty Genoa Keawe, Melveen Leed, the Pahinui Brothers, Amy Hanaiali‘i, and countless others.

The family-friendly festivity includes dinner of chili, rice, salad bar, and beverages.  Tickets are $15 adult, $9 youth 4-12, keiki 3 and under free, available at the school or Mama’s House Thrift Store (adjacent to Napa Auto) or by calling 887-2289.  Warm clothing is suggested in case of chilly weather.

Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School is a free public school for grades K-12 with focus on Hawaiian culture, located in Waimea.  To reach the school, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, of which Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store are components.  WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com