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Halau Ho'olako Community Resource Center
Halau Hoolako is Hawaii’s first certified LEEDs Platinum green educational facility and community resource center. Designed to advance Hawaiian values and environmental sustainability, the Halau Hoolako Community Resource Center was built using local building materials and trees, plants and shrubs for landscaping. The Halau Hoolako Community Resource center also incorporates Hawaiian cultural priorities and open spaces for learning and reflects the natural Waimea landscape by featuring a grouping of gathering places specifically oriented to maximize natural light, views, and ventilation.

The Halau Hoolako Community center is designed with a focus on local environmental sustainability, using 17.5 percent renewable energy and 0 percent potable water for irrigation for the Hawaiian native landscaping. In addition to many other green building features, this 9,300 square foot technologically advanced facility also benefits from an external light sensory system that automatically adjusts the interior building lighting to account for time of day or density of cloud cover.

The Halau Hoolako Community Resource Center will function as both an intergenerational Hawaiian cultural and community learning center and as a showcase for sustainable and energy-efficient building design in Hawaii.


Client: Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana
Architect: Group 70 International, Inc.
Group 70 International