Off to Adventure with the “Passport to End Hunger!”

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    This year, eight teams of local architects and allied design and engineering professionals put their design and building skills to the test as they creatively “CANstruct” dynamic 3D structures – each made entirely of several thousand cans of food, which will be donated to Hawai‘i Foodbank – in AIA Honolulu’s 18th Annual Canstruction® competition at Kahala Mall. Since its inception, AIA Honolulu’s Canstruction® event has gathered 724,119 pounds of canned goods – enough food to make 572,657 meals.

    *The public is encouraged to stop by the mall during the installment to see these amazing creations and to vote on the very best to designate the People’s Choice Award.

    Get ready for an exciting adventure! This year’s theme, “Passport to End Hunger,” is the ticket to CANstructing something that will transport us to a world where hunger is a thing of the past. Let’s board the plane of creativity, hop on the train of imagination, or even set sail on the sea of inspiration to help eliminate hunger in our community and provide healthy meals. Remember, this event is not about the destination, but about the journey. So, pack your bags with cans and we’ll build CANstructures that will lead us towards a food-secure future.

    Structures made entirely of canned foods serve not only as a donation to Hawai‘i Foodbank, but also as a collection of positive and motivational creations as we move forward embracing a healthier, resilient and more vibrant community. AIA Honolulu teams embody how Hawai‘i’s design and construction industry rallies around this annual event to reflect the true value of generosity essential to our local communities.

    Architecture firms and allied design partners competing this year are Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.; Design Partners Incorporated, Castle & Cooke, and Coastal Construction Company; Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd and Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.; G70, Swinerton Builders, and Coffman Engineers; MGA Architecture LLC and Canaan Builders; Okahara and Associates, Inc.; RIM Architects; and RMA Architects Inc.

    Members of the public are invited to participate in Canstruction® by voting for their favorite canned-food structures. Completed structures will be on display for People’s Choice voting from Saturday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 23.

    The public can vote at, or by scanning the QR Code at each structure. For People’s Choice voting, each vote is a donation to Hawai‘i Foodbank ($1 = 1 vote). Every $1 donated makes it possible for Hawai‘i Foodbank to provide food for more than 2 meals for families facing food insecurity. The Canstruction® structure that receives the most votes will be named People’s Choice Award winner. Voting will end on Saturday, Sept 23 at 8pm. Winners to be announced on Sunday, Sept 24.

    Over the past 17 years, Canstruction® has raised 724,119 pounds of critical canned food for the Hawai‘i Foodbank – enough for 572,657 meals for the hungry in our community. Each year, the Hawai‘i Foodbank and its network provide food assistance to one in six island residents, including nearly 54,000 keiki.

    For more information, visit the AIA Honolulu Web site at

    About Hawaiʻi Foodbank

    As Hawai‘i’s largest hunger relief organization, Hawai‘i Foodbank works with a network of 200 agency partners on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, along with partner distribution organizations on the other islands, to provide food assistance to the State of Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i Foodbank provides support to 1 in 6 Hawai‘i residents including families, seniors, children and those facing financial crises each week. Last year, Hawai‘i Foodbank distributed more than 17.4 million pounds of food, including 4.6 million pounds of fresh produce. Hawai‘i Foodbank is a certified partner of Feeding America and operates as the official food bank in the State of Hawai‘i. For more information, visit or call 808-836-3600.


    About AIA Honolulu 

    Since 1926, AIA Honolulu has served its membership and the community by promoting design excellence in Hawai‘i's built environment. Its continuing education programs promote leadership and professionalism among its membership of 850 architects and allied building professionals and educate the public about architecture and the value of quality design.  

    The Center for Architecture is a gathering place to engage both professionals and members of the broader community in dialogue to shape attractive and sustainable public spaces and neighborhoods.

    For nearly 100 years, members of The American Institute of Architects in Hawai‘i have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their visions real. 

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