The Foundation was thrilled to support the Lahaina Paper Log House Project, spearheaded by the Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) led by the renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.

This international collaboration between VAN, the Lahaina Jodo Mission, Hawaii Off-Grid Architecture and Engineering, UH Maui College, UH at Manoa School of Architecture, and Pacific Millworks resulted in the construction of a prototype of Shigeru Ban’s paper log house. The paper log house is a temporary, sustainable shelter solution requested by Lahaina Jodo Mission, whose temple was destroyed in the August 8th Maui Wildfires.

The contribution from the Foundation allowed Oahu students in their 4th year at the School of Architecture to get three days of field experience constructing the house on Maui. Additionally, this support provided an opportunity for Shigeru Ban to speak at the School of Architecture while he was in Hawaii.”

(Photos credited to Paia Rinzai Zen Mission and student volunteers)