Project Size:
11,500 SF
LEED Platinum Equivalent
2015 NAIOP Kukulu Hale Award
Andrea Brizzi

The West Hawaii Explorations Academy is Hawaii’s first Charter Middle and High School. The school is a Project Based Learning (PBL) institution using innovative, hands-on educational methods. They previously were located on a 1.5-acre parcel in the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park at Keahole Point in Kona. The school relocated to new 4.8-acre parcel at HOST, across the street from the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center. Ferraro Choi developed a master plan and design, which provided for a student enrollment of 350. Facilities include classrooms, administration, conference, STEM, wet laboratories, computer laboratories, conference, and certified kitchen/servery. Special site features include a shark/reef/touch pool, amphitheatre, agriculture and aquaculture project areas, and multi-sport play court. The campus is designed to achieve LEED 2009 For Schools Platinum.