Three Conceptual Sites



  • Challenges competitors to design a series of discrete urban interventions that create a cohesive and continuous design district stretching from the Honolulu Museum of Art to the ocean at Kewalo Harbor.

  • Centers on three strategic sites surrounding Thomas Square. Proposed design interventions are intended to act as model design typologies for deployment throughout the entirety of the Culture + Performing Arts Corridor.

  • Seeks design solutions that are unique to Hawai‘i and that can serve as models for communities around the world.



South Beretania St. is a major one way street where traffic flows west. It is located on the south of the Honolulu Museum of Art, west of the Honolulu Museum of Art School, and north of Thomas Square. Users of Thomas Square and The Honolulu Museum of Art would be able to access this connection.  

Site A Design Criteria

How might we strengthen the connection between the Honolulu Museum of Art and Thomas Square?

  • Designs are to be at grade and to carefully consider vehicular drop-off for the museum

  • Possible sculpture garden on either side of S. Beretania Street

  • The historic wall bordering S. Beretania St to be preserved as part of any design solution



This connection site location is on two-way street that serves as a through fare for patrons of the Neil S. Blaisdell performing arts theater. It runs to the west of Thomas Square and leads directly into the entrance of the Neal S. Blaisdell Complex. Another vital connection is the intersection of Victoria Street and Young Street, where Young Street plays a vital role as a secondary route for urban bicyclists.  

Site B Design Criteria

How might we connect Young Street and Hotel Street with a pedestrian and bicyclist intervention?

  • Designs may be at grade and/or slightly elevated

  • The Kamehameha III statue and complex, the historic fountain, the surrounding Banyan trees, and the restrooms are to be preserved as part of any design solution



South King Street is another major one way street that allows traffic to flow east. As a six lane street, the sixth lane is designated for bicycle traffic, it can become a highly congested area during peak traffic times. A connection from the secondary bicycle route from Young Street to the primary bicycle two way flow of traffic on South King Street is a connection that would serve the area and its residents.  

Site C Design Criteria

How might a new connection be imagined to span King Street connecting the Blaisdell center to the park?

  • Designs are to be above grade and not impede with traffic

  • A vibrant and fluid connection to highlight the activities at the Blaisdell Center

  • Thomas Square sign is to be preserved as part of any design solution