6:00 PM18:00

One Big Home


About the Film:

Special thanks to community partners Mālama Mānoa and HI Good Neighbor.

Directed by Thomas Bena. USA. 2016. 82 mins. 

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island's unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter's journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Filmmaker Thomas Bena interviewed many people with different perspectives on mega-mansions and limiting house size. The film presents various points of views and conflicting ideas on what makes a house a home.

Join us for a post-screening discussion about monster homes in Hawai'i moderated by Catherine Cruz, Co-Host of
Hawaii Public Radio's The Conversation

Panelists include:
Trevor Ozawa, Council Member, Honolulu City Council District IV
Dean Sakamoto, Dean Sakamoto Archtects LLC, SHADES Group
Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Hawaiʻi Construction Alliance
Paul Brewbaker, TZ Economics
Catherine Cruz, Hawaii Public Radio (Moderator) 

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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to Apr 28

Seeds of Service Vibrant Chinatown Community Clean-Up

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ASB invites the entire community to participate in the seventh Seeds of Service Vibrant Chinatown Community Clean-Up. We will be sprucing up College Walk, Sun Yat Sen Mall, Kili Kalikimaka Mall and Aala Park. Projects include raking and trash pickup.

8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

8:00-8:15 a.m. Check In
8:20 a.m. Group Photo
8:30-11:15 a.m. Community Cleanup: Raking and Trash Pickup
11:15 a.m. Lunch Served
11:45 a.m. Breakdown and Cleanup
12 p.m. Pau

Please meet at Chinatown Cultural Plaza Pavilion at 100 N. Beretania Street. 

Morning coffee and pastries
Cleanup Supplies
Bento lunch (please register so we have an accurate count)

Green ASB Seeds of Service t-shirt (you can request one when you register)
Clothes that you don't mind getting dirty
Closed-toe shoes
Refillable water bottle
Work gloves (optional)

Public parking is available at nearby Chinatown municipal lots, in the Aala Park or Beretania Park lots, or on the street. Here's a link to area municipal parking lots:

Please click on "register" to ensure that we have adequate supplies and lunches for everyone!


Michelle Bartell at

We look forward to seeing you on April 28!


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to Apr 5

Architecture Month Kick-off - PechaKucha: Night of Design Presentations

Under the thematic umbrella of “Community: Design Matters,” AIA Honolulu will celebrate with a Pecha Kucha night on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8pm at the Center for Architecture.

Food | Drinks | Live Music | Amazing Presentations * Walk-Ins Welcome!

Please help usher in Architecture Month with presentations by AIA member architects, interior designers, educators, fine artists and writers in the fast-paced Pecha Kucha-style: a total of 20 slides per presenter with only 20 seconds of commentary per slide.

When:Thursday, April 5, 2018

Where: Map this event »
AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture
828 Fort Street Mall
Suite 100
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States

Contact: AIA Honolulu
(808) 628-7243


  • Michael Ah Chong
  • Fred D'Angelo
  • Renee Espiau
  • Kris Goto
  • Kris Jugueta
  • Bundit Kanisthakhan
  • Emiko Miyazawa
  • Tim Schuler
  • Woody Simpson
  • Brian Wolf

Register: Please register online for planning purposes. Walk-ins welcome!

Mahalo PechaKucha Sponsors:


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to Apr 15

SHADE Summer Internship Opportunity


The Call:

SHADE, a Honolulu-based collaborative design practice and training institute, is seeking select applicants in the fields of architecture and landscape architecture who have high levels of capability, interest and leadership potential in the area of public interest design related to urbanism and housing.


About SHADE:

SHADE stands for sustainable, humanitarian, architecture and design for the earth. Since 2015, the SHADE Institute, a non-profit subsidiary of SHADE, began its intern training and mentorship program which has collaborated with state and local governments, community organizations, and local planning and design professionals to provide urban and architectural analysis and design for transit oriented districts (TOD) on Oahu. SHADE Institute is funded by grants from the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and numerous private donors and partners.


Terms of Internship:

SHADE will provide a stipend based on the selected applicant’s experience and financial need. The time period of this experience is for a minimum of 10 weeks and may be extended if project funding and intern interest/performance is positive. Applicants will be responsible for return travel to Hawaii and eight weeks of room/board. SHADE will provide housing options for interns to secure. SHADE programs are IDP and AIA CEU eligible.


Minimum Requirements:

Interns who are currently enrolled with advanced standing and/or recently graduated from an accredited professional university graduate or undergraduate program in architecture or landscape architecture. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated leadership potential and seeking a career in public interest/community-based practice. Prior professional experience preferred.


Application Procedures:

Submit the following via email to, by APRIL 15, 5pm:

·  Statement of Interest (1 page max)
·  Resume listing your contacts, education and work experience
·  3 References (provide email and direct phone contacts for each)
·  Work samples which you think relate to this project (5 max, PDF format, reduced file size)



SHADE, which stands for SUSTAINABLE HUMANITARIAN ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN for the EARTH, is an alliance of innovative planning, architecture, and design firms and individuals interested in making better built environments in the rapidly urbanizing tropics. SHADE Institute provides pro-bono community planning/design through intern training and continuing education units for professionals. SHADE Institute is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 811670035. For detailed inquiries call (808) 591-5558.

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6:00 PM18:00

River Walk Community Design Workshop

  • HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SHADE Institute will be hosting another Community Design Workshop on November 29th from 6-8 PM. Please come share your ideas to improve our River Walk - which includes College Walk, Sun Yat-Sen Mall and Aala Park areas.

Special thanks to the Chinatown Community Center Association, Lum Sai Ho Tong, American Savings Bank, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union and Royal Kitchen.

Please RSVP by November 22:

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11:00 AM11:00

Chinatown DiscoverArt Second Saturday

DiscoverArt is a pop-up art event and entertainment at and around ARTS at Mark's Garage.  This event will feature pieces from select artist like Gina Bacon Kerr, Peter Murray, Tamara Moan and much more!

SHADE had the amazing opportunity to design and construct a mini parklet installation for the day, which will exhibit SHADE works and hold a seating area for the activities.  The parklet will be set up on the Diamond Head side of Nu'uanu Avenue from the hours of 11am-4pm.

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12:00 PM12:00

Join the TOD Roundtable discussion!


SHADE Institute presents

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Roundtable

Wednesday, June 29, 12-1:30pm
Center for Architecture
828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100, Honolulu

Featured Speakers:

Harrison Rue, City & County of Honolulu, DPP TOD Administrator

Aki Marceau, AICP, HART, Land Use and Sustainability Planner

Deepak Neupane, AIA, HCDA, Director of Planning and Development

Rodney Funakoshi, AICP, State Office of Planning, Planning and Program Administrator.

Moderator: Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, of the SHADE Institute  

Special thanks to AIA Honolulu

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Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Exhibition
4:00 PM16:00

Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Exhibition

Please visit the Honolulu Hale Courtyard to see the Chinatown Urban Acupuncture exhibition, February 23 – March 10.
This exhibit features practical planning and design ideas to help prepare our Chinatown for the future rail station at Kekaulike Street and Nimitz Highway. Also on display is a large architectural model of every building in Chinatown. This project was created by the SHADE Institute, a public interest planning and design initiative which provides community service through intern training and professional mentorship. Territorial Savings Bank is the exhibit sponsor.  
Reception will be held on March 8, 4:00-5:30pm at Honolulu Hale. For more information on SHADE, see

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Docomomo Hawaii
5:30 PM17:30

Docomomo Hawaii

On Friday November 20th, Pen Sereypagna will present the work of Vann Molyvann (b.1926), Camboida's most prolific architect and leader of the New Khmer Architecture Movement (1953-1970).

After studying at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Vann Molyvann returned to a newly independent Cambodia in 1956 and was appointed state architect by King Norodom Sihanouk. He is the architect of Cambodia's most iconic modern-era landmarks which include the National Sports Complex, National Theater, Council of Ministers, Chaktomuk Conference Hall, and over 100 other governmental, academic, institutional, industrial, and residential buildings throughout the country. Today, this collection of post-colonial buildings - of utmost importance to Cambodia's modern architectural heritage - is at risk due to new development. Mr. Pen will share his work with The Vann Molyvann Project and Khmer Architecture Tours.

Pen Sereypagna is an architect and urban researcher based in Phnom Penh City. He is the recipient of a 2015 US ICOMOS International Internship at Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE Group in Honolulu, Sponsored by the East-West Center. Mr. Pen holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh.

Please email to RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 18th.


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SHADE Chinatown Model Exhibition
to Nov 24

SHADE Chinatown Model Exhibition

  • Honolulu State Capitol Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come down to Honolulu's State Capital Building where the SHADE Summer Institute, led by Dean Sakamoto, will exhibit their progress on the Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Project. The exhibit will display the results of their work based on stakeholder feedback gathered from community workshops and intensive site analyses. The exhibit will feature a scaled model of the historic district of Chinatown that was used in collaboration with stakeholders to identify specific areas of interest.


The exhibit will be on display for only a short period before work on the project continues!





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SHADE Pau Hana and Kick-Off Fall 2015
5:00 PM17:00

SHADE Pau Hana and Kick-Off Fall 2015

Join us for a re-cap discussion meeting of the SHADE Summer Institute, presented by the Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC).  Members and Non-members are invited to attend this free event.

SHADE Interns and Mentors will share the outcomes of the Summer Institute Urban Acupuncture Project and the next steps in the process of this community building effort.  For more info got to the SHADE website.

A scale model of the Chinatown District and the future rail station at will be on view. SHADE is seeking participation and input from AIA and community members. 

This event is a free event! Please RSVP online for planning purposes!





Produced in Collaboration with AIA Honolulu RUDC



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State T.O.D. Task Force Meeting
3:00 PM15:00

State T.O.D. Task Force Meeting

  • Hawaii State Capital Building Room 329 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The State TOD Task Force, convened by Senator Chun Oakland and the State office of Planning, will be holding a meeting to discuss updates regarding the proposed transit rail stations. The group is composed of State and City legislators along with State Executive Agencies that own land around each transit station.  Each agency will provide a brief report regarding their nearest rail station. 

Meeting Agenda

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15th Annual Hawai'i Build + Buy Green Conference
8:00 AM08:00

15th Annual Hawai'i Build + Buy Green Conference

  • 2015 Hawaii Build & Buy Green Conference (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This exciting annual event brings together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building, affordable housing, design, engineering, construction and sustainable community development. Topics include emerging tools/technologies and critical global issues. This year includes a site tour of the area's most exciting green building features!

Join us after the tour on the Lanai at HPU for light refreshments + networking!

*Registration Includes: Site Tour, Continental Breakfast by Honolulu Coffee + Lunch by Gordon Biersch.

Event Information:

Please bring your own re-fillable water bottle. 

Parking is not included in registration and is extremely limited. Please consider alternative forms of transportation (carpool, walk, bike, bus). 

Have questions about Hawaiʻi Build + Buy Green? Contact U.S. Green Building Council Hawaiʻi Chapter

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