A Native Hawaiian family in Hilo received keys to a new home today that was custom built from the ground up by Hawaiʻi Community College students during the past academic year. The college, the family and community partners dedicated the home in the Keaukaha area of Hilo on Thursday, May 12.
The home was built as part of Hawaiʻi Community College’s Model Home Project. The Model Home Project was established in 1965, and this year students completed the 49th home constructed through the project.
It takes a team
Hawaiʻi CC students in a variety of construction trades programs receive valuable hands-on experience each year by designing, building and landscaping the home.
Students in the college’s architectural, engineering and CAD technologies program design the home; carpentry students build the home; students in the electrical installation and maintenance technology program install the photovoltaic system; diesel mechanics students provide equipment maintenance; agriculture students landscape the lot; and members of the Hawaiʻi Life Styles program conduct the blessing ceremony.
The homes are built with many green features in keeping with the college’s commitment to sustainability. The homes comes with a solar water heater system, a photovoltaic system and many other features such as Energy Star qualified appliances, low v.o.c. paints and more.
Photos from the dedication
View more photos on the Hawaiʻi Community College Flickr site.
More about the Model Home Project
The Model Home Project is a partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands acts as the developer and Hawaiʻi CC provides the skilled labor force while educating students.
Since the program was founded, more than 3,960 students in Hawaiʻi CC construction trades programs have benefited from hands-on experience through the Model Home Project.
UH News video on 46th model home
46th family home built by Hawaiʻi CC students, May 10, 2013
—By Thatcher Moats