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17th Annual Canstruction® Competition


17th Annual Canstruction® Competition

Planting Seeds with “A Garden of CANstructures!” Public invited to vote on AIA Honolulu’s CANstruction® competition benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank, Sept. 17 to 24 at Kahala Mall Teams compete to construct amazing structures built entirely from canned goods, showcasing Hawaii’s resilience and togetherness

**MEDIA: Click HERE for images from past years’ CANstruction events**

WHAT: This year, eight teams of local architects and allied design and engineering professionals put their design and building skills to the test as they creatively “CANstruct” dynamic 3D structures – each made entirely of several thousand cans of food, which will be donated to Hawaii Foodbank – in AIA Honolulu’s 17th Annual CANstruction® competition at Kahala Mall. Since its inception, AIA Honolulu’s CANstruction® event has gathered 670,028 pounds of canned goods – enough food to make 527,581 meals.

*The public is encouraged to stop by the mall during the installment to see these beautiful creations and to vote on the very best to designate the People’s Choice Award.

WHERE: Kahala Mall in between Macy’s and the Bank of Hawaii kiosk.

*Build Day (professionals): Sept 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Display and Public Voting: Sept. 17 to 24 (People’s Choice Award)
*Keiki Corner Build: Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

KEIKI **Back for the first time since pandemic!** AIA Honolulu member-architects will lead keiki ages five to 12 in building with hundreds of cans donated for their use.

DETAILS: AIA Honolulu’s CANstruction® competition returns to Kahala Mall and this year’s CANstruction® teams are taking this opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme, “A Garden of CANstructures.”

DETAILS (con.): Taking care of our community includes coming together to alleviate hunger. In this year’s CANstruction® building competition, local designers create their garden sculptures that plant the seeds toward a better tomorrow as we view the future with hope and positivity.

Structures made entirely of canned foods serve not only as a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank, but also as a collection of positive and motivational creations as we move forward embracing a healthier, resilient and more vibrant community. AIA Honolulu teams truly believe Hawaii’s design and construction industry CAN rally around this year’s theme to reflect the true value of generosity essential to our local communities and the bright days ahead!

Architecture firms and allied design partners competing this year are AHL, Coffman Engineers, & HHF Planners; Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.; Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd & Nordic PCL; G70 & Swinerton Builders; Next Design LLC, Constructors Hawaii, & Alan Low Design; Okahara and Associates; RMA Architects Inc.; and Wiss Janney Elstner Assoc. Inc.

Members of the public are invited to participate in CANstruction® by voting for their favorite canned-food structures. Completed structures will be on display for People’s Choice voting from Sunday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 24.

The public can vote at:, or by scanning the QR Code at each structure. For People Choice voting, each vote is a donation to the Hawaii Food Bank ($1 = 1 vote). The CANstruction® structure that receives the most votes will be named People’s Choice Award winner.

Over the past 16 years, CANstruction® has raised 670,028 pounds of critical canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank – enough for 527,581 meals for the hungry in our community. Each year, the Hawaii Foodbank and its network provide food assistance to one in eight island residents, including nearly 54,000 keiki.

For more information, visit the AIA Honolulu Web site at

About AIA Honolulu
Since 1926, AIA Honolulu has served its membership and the community by promoting design excellence in Hawaii's built environment. Its continuing education programs promote leadership and professionalism among its membership of 850 architects and allied building professionals, and educate the public about architecture and the value of quality design.

The Center for Architecture is a gathering place to engage both professionals and members of the broader community in dialogue to shape attractive and sustainable public spaces and neighborhoods.

For 160 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their visions real.


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Kahala Mall in between Macy’s and the Bank of Hawaii kiosk.
09:00 AM - 11:59 PM, every day through Sep 24, 2022.
Kahala Mall in between Macy’s and the Bank of Hawaii kiosk.
4211 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816