Project Name

Mōʻiliʻili Gateway Project


Kamehameha Schools

University of Hawai‘i


Kapaʻakea, Mānoa, Oʻahu




Master Planning

Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i are collaborating on a vision for Mō‘ili‘ili lands that Kamehameha Schools owns in the UH area. Leaders from the two educational institutions meet as part of a long-term partnership dubbed Hui Ho‘opili ‘Āina. Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i signed an agreement to work on five initiatives, which includes incorporating the trust’s Mō‘ili'ili lands through the redevelopment to increase student retention and create a channel from UH community colleges to the Mānoa campus, with a focus on helping Native Hawaiian secondary education student success rates.


WCIT Architecture was given the task of conceptualizing a master plan for a great college town that has the kind of amenities for students that would like to go there as well as the community that lives around it. WCIT and DTL held a series of engagement charrettees between KS and UH Leadership teams. The ultimate outcome was focused on the Native Hawaiian kids to be there and have services there for them to feel like they’re a part of the action. The master plan is reflective of interviews, charrettee outcomes and the design teams creative solutions to a multitude of community problems.