2019 Canstruction® Competition
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14th Annual Canstruction® Winners & Entrants

For six hours on Saturday, October 5, at Kahala Mall, 4 teams of talented local architects, engineers and allied design professionals “canstructed” giant structures made entirely of thousands of cans of food. 

This year’s Canstruction® theme was “The Aloha Spirit!” Taking care of our community includes coming together to alleviate hunger.  “Hiki nō!” means “It CAN be done!”

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Our 2019 structures were designed with nearly 12,000 cans of desperately needed meats, soups, meals, vegetables, and soups. An additional 2,200 cans were used for the Keiki Corner, where kids were provided the opportunity to participate in the fun.  Firms participating in the 2019 Hawaii Canstruction® competition are Bowers + Kubota, Coffman Engineers, G70/Layton Construction and HDR.

The Kids Can Corner receives additional support from Case Lombardi & Pettit, Dr. Caroline Sakai (TFTCenter), Evergreen by Debra, HC&D, Jeffrey Nishi & Associates/Architects, Mel R. Hertz, Nalani'ikaleomana Foundation, Peter Vincent Architects and Sawdust.  One can make a difference!

Since the first Canstruction® competition on Oahu in 2006, AIA Honolulu has raised 394,805 pounds of needed canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank – enough for 310,870 meals for the hungry in our community.

2019 Canstruction® Award Recipients & Honorable Mentions


“Lono CAN Provide”
by HDR


"On a Voyage to End Hunger"
by Coffman Engineers

"Lei of Aloha"
by Bowers + Kubota

"ʻOhuʻohu Oʻahu Lei i ka ‘ilima
Help Us “Strand” Together to Fight Hunger"
by G70 / Layton Construction


Mahalo to our 2019 Judges

This years Canstruction® judges were all from the 2019 AIA Honolulu Board; Joseph Ferraro, FAIA, 2019 AIA Honolulu President; Larry Heim, Hon. Affiliate, 2019 Public Director; and Danielle Yafuso, Assoc. AIA, 2019 Associate Director.  After a blind judging, architects and Canstruction® co-chairs Elyse Takashige, AIA; Reid Mizue, AIA; along with committee members Leo Bisarra, Assoc. AIA; and Stephanie Ing, Assoc. AIA; announced the following honors.

View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

View past winners & entrants from our 1st - 13th Canstruction® Competitions.

Canstruction® is Trademarked by the Society for Design Administration

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 1,000 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 Hawaii 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. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honolulu Chapter, working in tandem with the other members of the design and construction industry presents the annual Canstruction® competition in Hawaii.

Canstruction® is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America.Click hereto visittheofficialCanstruction®web site hosted by SDA and view photos of other cities' winners.

Media Requests

Photos of the AIA Honolulu Canstruction®competion are available for media purposes by contacting Jacy L. Youn, EVP, AIA Honolulu.

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