[JUN 18] “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Winners Announced

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Noelani Elementary School and ʻIolani School are among the winners in the University of Hawaiʻi’s Make the Ala Wai Awesome challenge. Arizona State University took the overall prize.

The winners of the international student design competition were announced at the opening ceremony of the World Youth Congress and was part of the celebration to welcome the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa home from her worldwide voyage. Out of the 40-plus entries received, the five winners did the best job of meeting the challenge to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water.

One idea proposed by the winning team from ASU features a floating boardwalk and retractable wall that could act as a flood barrier to protect surrounding neighborhoods.

“The students’ ideas for collaboratively addressing the challenges before us are impressive,” said UH President David Lassner. “Congratulations to all of the winners. It’s exciting to see the innovation that this challenge has sparked, and the momentum that is being created to move Hawaiʻi towards a more sustainable future.”

A design team of senior students from the UH Mānoa College of Engineering won an award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognizing “excellence in civil engineering” for their entry to the Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge.

The international student design challenge was launched by UH President David Lassner at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Conference in September 2016.

Read the full story and view all winners here.