2019 ASLA Advocacy Day

May 23, 2019

HHF’s Senior Associate landscape designer, Robyn Sweesy, went to Washington, D.C.! As 2019 president of Hawaiʻi Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), she participated in ASLA’s 5th annual Advocacy Day, when hundreds of members from across the country spend a day on Capitol Hill visiting their legislators’ offices to make the case for national […]

HHF RE-LEI Receives Award of Excellence

May 09, 2019

HHF’s entry in this year’s RE-LEI Design competition was recognized with an Award of Excellence! The bi-annual design competition challenges people to create lei out of post-consumer waste, and benefits the Master of Landscape Architecture program at UH Mānoa! Our RE-LEI showcased 29 Native Hawaiian plants–endemic, indigenous, and canoe plants–representing the 29 individuals in our […]

Curbing it in Hawai’i: Historic Lava Curbstones and Their Significance

April 24, 2019

Maybe you’ve never noticed them -the rectangular shaped stones that mark the boundary between the street and the sidewalk. Curbstones. Nowadays, they’re relatively uniform in length and width—all made of concrete and not particularly noteworthy. But, if you walk through Downtown Honolulu and in other old neighborhoods in Honolulu, you can see a different kind […]

Kanu Volunteer Week Hawaii: Meals on (Biki) Wheels!

April 08, 2019

HHF staff participated in Kanu Hawai‘i’s Volunteer Week by delivering Meals on Wheels. This was a great opportunity for staff to get out of the office for a quick lunch-time Biki ride to deliver nutritious meals and visit with kupuna in the Kaka‘ako area. To learn more about HHF’s on-going involvement to plan and implement […]

HHF Spring Intern: Josh McMullen

April 03, 2019

Aloha All! My name is Joshua McMullen, but you can just call me Josh. I am currently a Landscape Architecture Intern for HHF as well as a student at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Originally I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and I currently attend Iowa State University, studying Landscape Architecture in […]

The Piko Project: a nature classroom for ‘āina-based learning

March 11, 2019

The Piko Project kicks off! We’re teaming up with Kualoa Ranch and Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation to bring-to-life Ka‘a‘awa Elementary School’s vision of a nature classroom for ‘āina-based learning! Stay tuned as we lead this community-based, volunteer effort to plan, build, and design a mala (garden) and traditional Hawaiian hale for Ka‘a‘awa keiki and the community, […]

Moving On Up!

February 11, 2019

Congratulations to these extraordinary planners and landscape designers! We started off the year promoting John Hagihara to Senior Associate, Landscape Architect Tomoko Naka to Associate, Angelica Rockquemore to Senior Landscape Designer, and Matt Hom to Senior Planner. John Hagihara AICP, Senior Associate In his six years at HHF, John has demonstrated exceptional versatility in managing […]

Making Christmas Brighter for Families In Need

November 30, 2018

HHF Principal, Wendie McAllaster recently joined Jan Harada, CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, on KITV4’s Good Morning Hawai‘i to share about how businesses can help bring cheer to island families who are struggling this Christmas through the Adopt-A-Family program (AAF). The AAF program is just one of the incredible outreach programs that Helping Hands Hawaii administers […]

HHF Summer Intern: Naomi Jun

July 20, 2018

Sharing a short note from our summer intern, Naomi Jun! Aloha, My name is Naomi Jun and I am the current summer intern at HHF Planners. I am an undergraduate student at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and will be graduating next semester (Fall 2018) with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Urban Environmental Planning. I […]

Green Apple Day of Service 2018

April 05, 2018

By: Angelica Rockquemore With the mission statement, “learners of today…leaders of tomorrow,” Pālolo Elementary School (Home of the Pugs!) is committed to instilling a visionary mindset and attitude in its students. For Green Apple Day of Service, the school boldly envisioned an Outdoor Learning Lab for students grades K-5 which would help them to meet STEAM-based learning […]