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Nina Blanco

Ewa Beach, HI, US

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Green Hospice

The beautiful islands of Hawai’i were discovered with Mother Nature’s guidance. The Hokule’a, also known as Arcturus, is the star of gladness. It is the zenith of Hawai’i and was the guiding star for early Polynesians in their journey to the islands by canoe. It is also said that the ocean’s honu, or sea turtle, was another guide in the discovery of Hawai’i.

The canoe was the ancient Hawaiian way of travel. It is made from acacia koa wood. The hawaiian meaning of koa is defined as brave, bold or fearless. Constructing a single canoe was a religious task involving the careful choosing of one koa tree by the kahunas or priests. Even the choosing of a healthy koa tree was guided by nature. The Hawaiian bird called elepaio was attracted to rotting koa wood and therefore showed the kahunas what not to choose.

The hospice, located on the southwest coast of Kauai, embodies the concept of bravery. The ancient Hawaiians, carried by the strong koa wood canoes, were given the guidance of the Hokule’a and honu. Much as patients of the hospice are amid paradise, dwelling within an environment of ease and natural comfort, supported and cared for by their families and staff.

While these brave patients are in the midst of a journey that is both commonly feared and entirely unique to each individual, the composition of the hospice from its location to its aura, enables the patients a sense of comfort, positivity and most importantly peace.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Kauai, HI, US

 
Conceptual Sketches
Conceptual Sketches
1st Floor Plan
1st Floor Plan
Mezzanine Floor Plan
Mezzanine Floor Plan
Green Section, Day
Green Section, Day
Green Section, Night
Green Section, Night
Exterior, Day
Exterior, Day
Exterior, Night
Exterior, Night
Entry
Entry
Hall/Nurse's Station
Hall/Nurse's Station
Dual-Patient Bedroom
Dual-Patient Bedroom

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