Proposed Ala Wai “Heiau” and Lock and Dam

When it comes to making a big change in your life you have to want it more than you fear it.


Above. A map which shows the location of the aquaponics which involve fish and taro; heritage centers and residences, shown in orange; lock and dam near the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Canal; and a “heiau” or an ancient Hawaiian site of religious worship

Above. Architectural sketches of “Hale Pili” or a traditional Hawaiian building, heritage residences, and taro patches and fishponds, etc.  

In the above artistic rendering: Left, heritage residences; Center, “Hale Pili” or a traditional Hawaiian building; Foreground, boat dock, terraces of taro patches and fishponds from reclaimed land.

Above. Architectural sketches of a dock and a ramp, which provide access between the waterways of the Ala Wai Canal and the land

Above. Architectural sketches of lock and dam

Above. Architectural sketches of a bridge over Manoa-Palolo Drainage Canal

Related Links:

The Former “Director of Public Outreach” for the “US High Speed Rail Association” Proposes a New “Heiau”, BLOG

Frequently Asked Questions on the Ala Wai Problem, BLOG

Behind the Glamour of Waikiki: Seawalls, BLOG

Other Links That May Interest You:


A Chinese American, Emy Louie (雷慧妮) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 1991 and earned a degree in Architecture.

In 1993, Ms. Louie relocated to the mainland United States and from 2007 to 2012, she hosted her radio show to interview the movers and shakers of sustainable design and green building and taught continuing education classes to design professionals.

She is president of Emy Louie, Consulting Services, which works on design, conservation, and environmental projects. Since 2018, Ms. Louie spends her time in Honolulu and Central America to do environmental field research.

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