Our project receives the 2022 Kuhulu Hale Award

Kohala High School STEM/Science Facility project has received the 2022 Kuhulu Hale Award. This project was awarded the Green Building Award by NAIOP Hawaii, Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

“Our annual Kukulu Hale Awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through their projects and professional achievements, have contributed to Hawai‘i’s economic growth and enriched our community. We invite you to read about this year’s awardees and distinguished entries in the following pages. Special honorees include Castle & Cooke Hawaii, Developer of the Year; Joseph Farrell FAIA, Lifetime Achievement; Kevin Carney, Outstanding Service Award; and Commercial Asset Advisors, Brokerage Firm of the Year. On behalf of our board of directors and the NAIOP Hawaii’s 180- plus members, I extend deepest gratitude to our Kukulu Hale sponsors, jurors and committee members. Their generous support makes this year’s program possible. Mahalo!” 

Jennifer Camp, AIA 2022 President, NAIOP Hawaii

Project Description

The new Kohala High School STEM/Science facility is the first public school STEM/Science project designed to achieve Hawaii-Collaborative High-Performance Schools (HI-CHPS) Verified certification. Schools that meet HI-CHPS criteria are defined as high-performance learning environments that are healthy, comfortable, conserve energy, water and resources, and which are safe, adaptable and easy to operate and maintain.

The project consists of one general classroom building, one Physical Science classroom building, one Biochemistry classroom building, and one Natural Resources classroom building. The structures are sited to take advantage of prevailing winds and are organized along a covered walkway which also provides access to an entry plaza, outdoor learning lanai, and learning gardens.

Project highlights include: 

  • Utilization of a strong community-based design process.
  • Building design and orientation to suit cross ventilation, stack ventilation, indirect daylighting, and effective shading.
  • Computer modeling to confirm ventilation, daylighting, shading and thermal comfort effectiveness.
  • Effective design for mixed mode ventilation on a seasonal basis to maintain occupant comfort in either mode (natural or air-conditioning) while conserving energy costs.

The project began nearly 20 years ago and has come to fruition with the help of Kalama Intermediate’s former and current administration, as well as state Representative Kyle Yamashita.

Development of the project was completed by F&H Construction and the cost was approximately $3 million. The project included retractable basketball hoops, removable tennis and volleyball posts, and lighting.

Award: Green Building Award / HI-CHPS 
Owner: State of Hawaii, Department of Education
Architect: Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd. 
Project Size: 11,480 SF
Final Completion:  February 2019