Students help design some Hawaiian homelands homes

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the University of Hawaii are partnering to design homes on Hawaiian homelands.

The two sides said Monday they're discussing having architecture students design ten homes in ten years for the department's Kanehili subdivision in Kapolei.

The homes will feature environmentally friendly building methods and include energy-efficient technology.

The College of Engineering plans to help the department identify any current and long-term infrastructure and maintenance issues on its homes and land.

Architecture students recently contributed design ideas toward the department's Kauhale Pilot Project.

This project involves building at least one house on a Hawaii Island homestead in the traditional kauhale style of having multiple structures for specific purposes like sleeping, eating and cooking.

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