Annual Canstruction® Competition

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Build Day Saturday, September 14, 2024 at Kahala Mall

Since its inception, AIA Honolulu’s Canstruction® event has gathered and donated 743,690 pounds of canned goods
– enough food to make 612,437 meals, and over $110,000 for the Foodbank


2023 Best Original Design “Voyaging CANoe”
by Ferraro Choi & Associates and Nordic PCL Construction

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For the last 19 years, AIA Honolulu has partnered with Hawai‘i Foodbank to help raise food donations through our annual Canstruction® Competition. Teams, led by architects builders and allied design and engineering professionals, will compete and showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. All the canned food from the structures and monetary donations from the public will be donated to the Hawai‘i Foodbank at the completion of the event.

2024 Competition

Build Day:          Saturday, September 14 from 9am-2pm
Where:               Kahala Mall
Keiki Corner:     Sep 14 from 10am-12pm
Structures Up:   September 14 through September 21
Structures on display for public viewing and People's Choice Award voting

Keiki Corner Build Day: Sep 14, 10AM to 12PM

Families can bring the kids to the Keiki Corner on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. AIA Honolulu member-architects will lead keiki ages five to 12 in building with hundreds of cans donated for their use.

People's Choice Award Voting: Sep 14 - Sep 21
Vote for Your Favorite Structure & Donate to the Hawaii FoodBank

You are invited to participate in Canstruction® by voting for your favorite canned-food structures. Completed structures will be on display at Kahala Mall for People’s Choice voting from Saturday, Sep 14 through Saturday, Sep 21. ONE DOLLAR = ONE VOTE
Vote here, or by scanning the QR Code at each structure at the mall.




Participating Teams

  1. Bowers + Kubota
  2. Coffman Engineers, AHL & HHF Planners
  3. Design Partners & Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii
  4. G70 & Swinerton
  5. HDR Inc. & Rider Levett Bucknall
  6. Jacobs
  7. RIM Architects & HonBuilders
  8. RMA Architects Inc. & Nordic PCL

Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from beloved games: board, video, and otherwise, to construct imaginative structures using only canned goods. From iconic characters to memorable scenes to your favorite tokens or pieces, teams can reimagine the gaming universe to combat food insecurity.

Whether representing a familiar classic, the Kingdom of Hyrule, or the pixelated landscapes of Minecraft, each structure becomes a symbol of hope, reminding us that together, we can level up in the fight against hunger.

Questions? Email Reid Mizue, AIA or Tiffany Tabbal, Allied Member, our Canstruction Committee Chairs.

What is Canstruction®?

Competing teams, lead by architecture firms, allied designers and engineering and construction professionals will design and build structures by using canned goods and other non-perishable foods. Structures, ranging in size from 1,500 to 13,000 cans are created by stacking a variety of can sizes and shapes using the product labels as the color pallete. Structurally self-supporting, the only other materials to be used are 1/4inch leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Hawai‘i Foodbank.

Canstruction® is a national community service program trademarked and created by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) on behalf of the design and construction industry. 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children in Hawai‘i are facing hunger. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honolulu Chapter, working in tandem with the Hawai‘i Foodbank presents the annual Canstruction® competition in Hawai‘i.

Canstruction® is a design/build competition held in cities throughout North America. Visit the official Canstruction® website (Web), hosted by the Society for Design Administration (SDA), and view photos of other cities’ winners. Canstruction® is trademarked by the SDA.

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