Hale Kuahuokalā and Student Organic Garden

Hale Kuahuokalā was constructed in December 2014 under the direction of Kumu Francis “Palani” Sinenci and Hālau Hale Kuhikuhi. Many hands from UH West O‘ahu and the community came together to kāko‘o the building of the hale. The name Kuahuokalā was given by Uncle Shad Kane due to its alignment with the sun’s path. Kuahuokalā means “the marker of the sun.” It is also an altar dedicated to the sun and an animated place for all people to honor growth, transformation, illumination, and life. Kuahuokalā is a gathering place for all students, staff, faculty, and the larger community to engage in a variety of academic, cultural, and community-based workshops. Kuahuokalā is nestled within UH West Oʻahu’s thriving Student Organic Garden, which is located to the west of the Laboratory Building and provides a half-acre learning center for students.

Hale Kuahuokalā and Student Organic Garden
Adjacent to Classroom (D) and Lab (E) Buildings
Tasia Yamamura, Garden Supervisor
Outside Shot of Hale