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Academy of Healing and Resolution

Over Kalia Loko I'a - the largest aquaculture system of the fishpond in Waikiki, the reclamation of Waikiki began here when the U.S. Army Corps started draining this land to build Fort DeRussy in 1909. It became a symbol of colonization and militarization, leaving native Hawaiian with the scars of environmental alterations, historical trauma, and cultural wounding. Accordingly, ‘The Academy of Healing and Resolution’ is established as the sanctuary to recover the native land and people from all those traumas. In parallel, it will become a pedagogical site where visitors can learn the indigenous practices of healing. With the highest intention to reestablish social justice for the native Hawaiian, the academy is designed as a space for collective gathering and social interaction. It will be a gateway to link people from the upland(Makau) and the plain(Kula) to the sea(Makai), and a bridge to connect people from Waikiki city to the fishponds. This project will be a place where the community can keep a memory of the past embracing their culture and history, exist in the present situating themselves as a part of modern society, while being free to live with health, determination, and resolution into the future.