• 23rd February 2016 - By Rick

    Our youth just built a 1,200-square-foot cottage for a deserving uncle and auntie in Hana town. The design emphasized sustainable techniques such as passive ventilation, and our kids learned how to build for longevity in our damp, hot climate. On the project, they learned every aspect of the construction process, from using a laser level to shoot elevations for the foundation work, to framing, roofing, drywall, electrical, and plumbing. They installed bamboo hardwood flooring and interior baseboard and trim throughout, trimmed the windowsills with Hawaiian kamani wood, tiled the two bathrooms, hung the doors, and created and installed custom cabinets.

    Most impressively, the entire build was led by former program student James Freudenberg-Pu, who is now one of our graduate teachers. He met with the family, listened to their needs, drew up a set of plans, and led the entire build—from foundation to finish. Not only did he oversee every aspect of the building process, he managed all the other graduate apprentices and student workers … He singlehandedly led our program’s largest kupuna building project to date, all the while embodying the spirit of kokua and Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke.

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