Voting for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Homes Award is now open, and you can vote for Hawaii's lone candidate, hi.arch.y. Nominated for its work on Kakaako's Keauhou Lane, hi.arch.y faces stiff competition from architects across America including two projects in New York, two in New Mexico, two in California, one in Washington D.C., among others.
"With lead principals who carry LEED Accreditation as well as Certified Energy Management certification, our focus remains centered around the principal idea that a phenomenally-designed and efficiently operating project will continue to pay dividends to our clients well after they have initially occupied their new space."
Keauhou Lane adjoins with Keauhou Place to create a mix-use rental and ownership community with a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks in the heart of Honolulu's booming Kakaako district. The area has become highly desirable among the "work, play, live" buyers in Honolulu, where you'll find an active walk-able neighborhood day, night, and weekend. Developers have been emphasizing less cars on the road, more walk-able streets, community shops and restaurants - it appears to be working. Traveling through the neighborhood you'll find busy streets of grocery shoppers, lunch-getters, and coffee-goers.
You can vote for hi.arch.y here.