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Big Island author sets out to create an eco-friendly artist retreat

 An example of a finished Domegaia.
Steve Areen
An example of a finished Domegaia.

Big Island resident Ishle Yi "Lani" Park is the author of "Angel & Hannah" — a novel in verse — and a 2021 Nā Hōkū Hanohano nominee for her instrumental album "Sweet Gold."

But Park’s newest venture is rooted in her study of agriculture. She’s building an eco-friendly house near Pāhoa to serve as an artist colony. It's a partnership with Domegaia, a company that uses "Aircrete," or cement, water, and foam, to build cost-effective homes. The Conversation talked with Park about housing, sustainability and creativity.

This interview aired on The Conversation on May 10, 2023. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Stephanie Han is a producer for The Conversation. Contact her at shan@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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