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Community » Hālau Hoʻolako

Hālau Hoʻolako

HĀLAU HOʻOLAKO est. 2005

      Meeting Both Ancient and Modern High Performance Standards



  • Minimal site grading
  • Rock and topsoil from site used for landscaping
  • 75% of the construction waste diverted from land fill
  • Only materials with at least 10% recycled content utilized in building
  • System to collect water and reuse for irrigation
  • Low-maintenance landscape with minimal pesticide used
  • Used and/or recycled furnishings
  • Vinyl flooring strips made from 30% recycled materials
  • Window shades made from hemp and bamboo, which are rapidly renewable resources
  • Cupboards made of bamboo
  • Use of already fallen and then harvested ʻōhiʻa posts
  • Low maintenance, recycled carpet tiles manufactured through efficient, waste free “cradle-to-cradle” process
  • Dual flush toilets for improved water efficiency
  • Waterless urinals with 7,000 flush filters breakdown urine and manage odors
  • Motion sensors on washbasins prevent water waste




  • Values-based curriculum prepares K-12 students for future green jobs
  • Involvement of Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS students grades 6–12 in maintenance of facility and plant propagation
  • Educational programs teach self-sufficiency through creation and maintenance of functional, edible landscape
  • Landscape educates learners of all ages about proper native plant selection and natural planting design; adequate treatment of the interface between different elements of the design (e.g., where shrub beds, buildings, trees, etc., meet turf); use of geotextiles for weed control, surface stabilization, and material separation; configuration, placement, specification and detailing of materials and features
  • Underground water catchment harvests rain water from storm drains to be used for landscape irrigation
  • Compost area assures organic fertilizer for landscaping, as well as encourages green waste recycling efforts
  • Student created paper-crete stepping stones for easy access to plants


  • Students in grades 6-8 (SY 05-06) created four canvases of four primary gods: Kāne, Kanaloa, Kū, and Lono, under the guidance of artist Solomon Enos, displayed throughout building

Lokahi Conference Room

  • Students in grades 1 & 2 (SY 08-09) conducted waste audit discovering that milk made up most of school’s waste
  • Students in grade 12 (SY 08—09) completed science project on creating milk-based paint adding native pigment made from ʻalae
  • Students created low VOC milk-paint and painted it on the wall above the counter


  • Students in grades K – 12 (SY 07—08) created bathroom tiles using native design patterns, Lehua in women’s and koa in men’s bathroom



  • Use of air conditioning limited to 10% of building (computer server room only)
  • Innovative window design uses trade winds for natural ventilation of 90% of building
  • Rain runoff and other waste water used for irrigation to reduce county water costs
  • Efficient lighting and mechanical systems to reduce energy use by 32%
  • Occupancy sensors activate lights to assure no wasted energy
  • Day lighting strategies replace 42% of electrical lighting used
  • Production of 7.2 k Watts of electricity from roof mounted photovoltaic panels to decrease electricity costs by more than 50%
  • Long range goal to achieve Zero-net energy costs



  • Healthy air through Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint
  • Abundant high performance windows bring the outdoors in
  • Natural ventilation is used for 90% of the building
  • Acoustical ceiling tiles enhance sound quality
  • Micro biotic toilet handles prevent germs from spreading



  • Solar panels produce over 50% of energy
  • Occupancy sensor adjust light capacity based on motion, sound and heat fixtures to manage lights to provide even light distribution leading to optimal lighting
  • Clerestory with south and west facing glazing reflects sunlight on ceiling and exposed heavy timber trusses from an interior light shelf to prevent glare and unwanted heat gain
  • High performance windows surround reading room and bring in daylight on three sides
  • Decorative skylights with light pipes transfer daylight into various spaces
  • South facing façade in multi-media labs, with light shelf to block direct heat gain, reflect daylight onto ceiling
  • 20% of materials and products made in Hawaiʻi
  • Bicycle racks are alternative transportation accommodations
  • VIP parking stalls for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Acoustical ceiling tiles enhance sound quality
  • Natural ventilation is used for 90% of the building
  • All adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet, coatings, cleaning agents have low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)



  • Design, construction and maintenance of building grounded in Hawaiian cultural values and practices
  • Incorporation of Mālama and Aloha ʻĀina
  • Values-based decision-making process incorporating community input
  • Use of local labor, local expertise and local materials
  • Developing community infrastructure by connecting the current 8 inch county water line to the Hawaiian Home Lands water line to increase water pressure for the entire community
  • Stone for veneer wall surrounding entire building gathered from Puʻu Holoholokū
  • Students in grade 8 (SY 08-09) participated in traditional protocol before gathering these stones at Pu’u Holoholokū
  • Wide variety of materials and plants donated by community members
  • Hundreds of hours of in-kind donations and volunteer
  • Students, staff, extended family members and community involved in all aspects of the design, construction and maintenance