First Hawaiian Bank
‘Aiea, Kalauao, O‘ahu
Banking has changed substantially since the Pearlridge branch of First Hawaiian Bank was initially built in 1980. With developments in technology, banking no longer necessitates standing in lines or stepping foot into a physical bank. It was important for the bank to adapt to this evolution and rethink its physical space. Additionally, a brighter, more open space was desired, as the existing building had not ever been renovated.
The redesign of the Pearlridge FHB branch included a refresh of two floors. On the first floor are a VTM vestibule, the main teller lobby, a media center, concierge, waiting area, office spaces, restrooms and conference rooms. On the second floor are additional meeting spaces, a training room, restrooms and an employee break room. Connecting the floors are two mezzanines of additional office areas. Additionally, a brighter, more open space was desired, as the existing building had not ever been renovated. Located in the ahupua‘a of Kalauola, the interior design celebrates the wai (water) that once flowed through the area. In Hawaiian culture, wai is not only a natural resource that sustains life, it’s also the source of waiwai (wealth). For a local bank renovation, this concept couldn’t ring more true. The finish and material palette was curated in order to brighten the interior while still providing areas of visual interest. Rich and vibrant patterns and textures, inspired by the bold and strong flow of the Kahuawai waterfall (once located near a stream historically used by royalty as a resting place) as well as the legend of the guardian sharks of nearby Pu‘uloa (Pearl Harbor) are incorporated in flooring, wallcovering, and furniture selections.
Photography // Olivier Koning