Kauhale – Sustainable Building Project
For the 8 years KHM has been in existence restoring two 15th-century fishponds, they’ve lacked appropriate facilities for their programs. With a 35-year lease on their site from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and grants from the Bill Healy Foundation, the Atherton Family Foundation, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, and the Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, Ka Honua Momona was finally able to move ahead with their building project. The construction of these facilities has provide KHM with the spaces needed to continue and grow its service to the Molokai community.
In keeping with its mission “to be a model of sustainability mauka a makai,” and its passion to educate youth, KHM’s kauhale project is green and youth-led. In just 7 days, 40 youth from Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, Hana School’s building program, and Molokai, constructed a 772-square-foot office and a 140-square-foot solar bathhouse and restroom facility, and began work on the traditional hale at Ali‘i Fishpond. Green elements of the project include: 100% solar construction, natural lighting and passive cooling, energy and water-efficient design, composting toilets, a greywater recycling system, solar hot water and pv systems, and green building materials.