Proposed Aquaponics Along the Ala Wai, “Ho’okuleana Design” ©2016, 2017

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.


Proposed is an aquaponics system for the Ala Wai Canal. The following diagrammatic map, architectural sketches, and artistic rendering show its physical features and some of its locations.

Above. Map that shows location of the following: aquaponics which involve fish and taro; heritage centers and residences; “heiau” or an ancient Hawaiian site of religious worship. “Ho’okuleana Design” ©2016, 2017

Above. Architectural sketches of “Hale Pili” or traditional Hawaiian structure, heritage residences, and cross-section of terraces of aquaponics which involve fish and taro, etc.
Above. Artistic rendering of “Hale Pili,” or traditional Hawaiian building, heritage residences, canoe dock, and aquaponics system.

Hopefully, the above images and ideas have excited you about a prosperous future for the Ala Wai Canal. Please browse further!

Related Links:

Aquaponics display at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Oahu, VIDEO

Frequently Asked Questions on the Ala Wai Problem, BLOG

Links That May Interest You:

Facebook pictures: McCully – Mōʻiliʻili – Kapahulu

Ka Papa Lo’i O Kanewai, VIDEO


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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