The University of Hawaiʻi Ala Wai Watershed Student Design Challenge is now accepting applications from students of all ages. The brightest student minds at UH and beyond are invited to Make the Ala Wai Awesome!
The student teams are challenged to imagine a comprehensive, systems-thinking approach toward watershed management from mauka to makai (from the mountains to the sea). The Ala Wai Watershed encompasses key UH assets and facilities, thousands of homes and businesses and the Waikīkī district that drives much of the state’s economy.
- Related UH News: Students around the world challenged to Make the Ala Wai Awesome, September 6, 2016
Team proposals should include: ecosystem restoration, flood mitigation, community education and engagement, cultural connections, community access, mobility and recreation and economic health and resiliency.
Student teams must first complete the online registration form by January 31, 2017. A 4-digit anonymous identification number will be provided to all eligible and registered teams after the registration period has closed.
The international challenge, sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi, includes $10,000 in total prize money. First place winners will be awarded across four categories:
- Primary (K–5): $1,000
- Middle/Intermediate (6–8): $2,000
- High School (9–12): $3,000
- College/University: $4,000
The student design challenge seeks ideas on stream and ecosystem restoration, green stormwater infrastructure, water capture and reuse, sediment control, flood mitigation, contemporary urban ahupuaʻa, Ala Wai as a destination, education and engagement with community/youth, local participation and more.
The competition takes place in support of the Ala Wai Watershed Partnership, a multi-sector partnership that coordinates across the public, private, academic, non-governmental, community and philanthropic sectors.