Project Name

Center for
Hawaiian Music and Dance


State of Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority


Kālia, Waikīkī, Oʻahu





Interior Design

Master Planning

Consistent with Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Hawaiian Cultural Initiative, the Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance (“CHMD”) aims to create an organization to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and dance. Part of the intent of this facility, is for it to become the preeminent repository of artifacts, recordings, oral testimonies and written documentation best exemplifying the legacy and spirit of Hawaiian music and dance. A Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance, as proposed through our design, for the first time in Hawai‘i’s tourism history, would create a center of gravity for a Hawaiian cultural experience.


This design tri-frames the product as three intersecting time tunnels of language, music, and dance, that serpentines its way through the Hawaiian cultural past, present, and future. Most important, through these three themes, the Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance incorporates every aspect of the traditions and customs of Hawaiian culture where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Its purpose should be the public acknowledgment and celebration of the evolution and history of Hawaiian music and dance, pre contact and modern.