2019 Canstruction® Competition
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14th Competition Now at Kahala Mall, Sat. Oct. 5, 9am-2pm

Come watch four teams compete by constructing mammoth structures built from canned goods, showcasing what makes Hawaii special.

Architects and allied design and engineering professionals will put their building skills to the test as they creatively “CANstruct” giant structures – each made entirely of several thousand cans of food at Kahala Mall.

Since its inception, AIA Honolulu’s CANstruction event has donated 394,805 pounds of canned goods – enough food to make 310,870 meals.   

When:     Saturday, October 5 from 9am-2pm
Where:    New Location for 2019! Kahala Mall in between Sunglass Hut, Champs, Macy’s, and The Walking Company
Theme:   The Aloha Spirit!  Taking care of our community includes coming together to alleviate hunger.“Hiki nō!” means “It CAN be done!” In this year’s CANstruction, let’s celebrate what makes Hawaii nō ka ʻoi.

The CANstruction competition is getting a new beginning as it makes its move to Kahala Mall and there’s no better way to welcome and celebrate CANstruction’s new venue with none other than expressing our aloha spirit. This year’s participating CANstruction teams are encouraged to celebrate what makes Hawaii unique with a theme representing today’s local style, Hawaiian history, and island gems. Giving back to the Hawaii Foodbank is everyone’s kuleana and together, One CAN at a Time, we CAN support our local community with the Aloha Spirit.  View 2018 Canstruction Images on Facebook.

Keiki Corner: Saturday, Oct 5, 10am-1pm

On Saturday, October 5 from 10am-1pm, AIA Honolulu member-architects will lead keiki ages 5 to 12 in building a special structure with hundreds of cans donated for their use. Families are asked to send checks to the AIA Honolulu if they want to donate for their fun in the Keiki Corner. At the end of the day, the Keiki Display will be dissembled and taken to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Vote for People's Choice Award: October 5 - October 12
One Can. One Vote!  
Completed structures will be on display for People’s Choice voting (through canned-food donations) up to and including Saturday, Oct .12. Please visit Canstruction® at Kahala Mall and bring canned-food donations to support Hawaii’s hungry families!

Members of the public are invited to participate in CANstruction® by voting for their favorite canned-food structures during the one-week display following build day. The CANstruction® structure that receives the most votes (one can of donated food equaling one vote – but only cans count!) during the exhibition will be named People’s Choice Award winner

2019 Canstruction Teams!

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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