14th Annual Hawaii Build & Buy Green Conference

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The 14th Annual Hawaii Build & Buy Green Conference was held on May 7, 2014 at the Sullivan Conference Center, at the new state-of-the art UH Cancer facility.

This annual event brought together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building and communities, affordable housing, design, engineering, construction and development.  Topics covered emerging and critical global issues and related new technologies, tools and applications.

For your viewing pleasure – on OLELO – The following air dates are scheduled for this Summer: 

Build & Buy Green Conference: Part 1 8-10 am
6:00 PM
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
11:30 AM


Build & Buy Green Conference: Part 2 10 am-Noon
8:00 PM
10:00 AM
10:30 PM
2:00 PM


Build & Buy Green Conference: Part 3 1:30-3:30 pm
6:00 PM
10:00 AM
10:30 PM
1:00 PM

For Continuing Education and self-reporting – Here are the learning objectives for the 6 sessions at the BBG: 

  1. Keynote AM BBG AIA Ces Course Submission Template
  2. AM Case Study Projects – AIA CES
  3. AIA CES Living Futures
  4. AIA CES Theres An App
  5. AIA CES Course Submission Sharing Programs
  6. AIA CES Sharing Case Studies


For further information, email/phone gsuzuki@dbedt.hawaii.gov / (808) 587-3802 or jonathan.r.chin@dbedt.hawaii.gov / (808) 587-2676.

Keynote Speaker: Ralph DiNola, New Buildings Institute


New Buildings Institute Executive Director Ralph DiNola has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation. DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services and 2012 BetterBricks award winner.

Ralph DiNola Presentation


Katrina Morgan, Principal, Fermata Consulting

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan is an entrepreneur, architect, educator, and green building consultant. As principal of Fermata Consulting, Katrina inspires building owners, designers, and operators to achieve resilient, resource-efficient, and effective buildings…and to have fun doing it. She has nineteen years of experience in the building industry and splits time between Seattle and Honolulu. She contributes green building consulting expertise to a variety of public and private projects in Hawaii and Washington including the Ward Village development, libraries, schools, civic buildings, multi-family residential, and military facilities. Katrina speaks nationally on topics related to green building and environmentally sustainable design.

Katrina Morgan Presentation

Kevin Luoma, Vice President and head of the Mechanical Department, WSP Hawai’i

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Kevin Luoma is a Vice President and head of the Mechanical Department at WSP Hawai’i which is the Hawai’i branch of the WSP Group, a worldwide consulting company providing a range services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment with a focus on sustainable innovative design.  Kevin has been involved with numerous LEED certified projects including the LEED Gold Cancer Center, LEED Gold ‘Iolani Sullivan Center and LEED Gold Pu’u Kukui Elementary School Campus.  After graduating from the University of Michigan Kevin worked for Environmental Systems Design in Chicago for 10 years before moving to Hawaii with his wife 5 years ago.


Kevin Luoma Presentation


Brian Kealoha, Regional Manager, Chevron Energy Solutions

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Kealoha has been involved with energy and sustainability for over 20 years. Brian directs the planning, formation, and implementation of programs and initiatives for Chevron Energy Solutions in Hawaii. Prior to joining Chevron Energy Solutions in 2008, Brian served as Senior Vice President for Energy Industries. He also spent many years with various utilities developing, supervising and implementing energy programs at Pacific Gas & Electric in California, Avista Utilities in Washington, and Maui Electric Company. Brian has been directly responsible for a number of innovative projects, including Hawaii’s first net energy metered solar photovoltaic system; the nation’s first utility-owned, distributed combined heat and power system located on the customer’s side of the meter; and the largest solar parking canopy in Hawaii. He is now overseeing the implementation of Ka Hei, the most comprehensive K-12 energy, education, and sustainability programs being implemented by Chevron Energy Solutions across the country.

Brian Kealoha Presentation


 Malia Kaaihue, Director of Community PlanningWCIT Architecture 

Malia KaaihueEducated in Hawaiian studies and the Hawaiian language, Malia Kaaihue went from teaching at several University of Hawaii campuses to serving as the editor of MANA Magazine to director of knowledge management at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Her expertise in local history and culture, combined with experience in business relations, made her an ideal fit for WCIT Architecture, where she develops community plans that complement the people and environment of Hawaii. She has contributed to major projects such as the Turtle Bay Resort master plan, the Ward Villages cultural master plan and the Hanalei Plantation Resort master plan. Her passion for Hawaii extends beyond her work and into her volunteer efforts. She serves on the board of Na Leo Kakoo, a nonprofit supporting Hawaiian language immersion, and Na Kama Kai, a youth education program founded by her husband, Duane DeSoto. Together, they also keep busy raising seven keiki.

 Malia Kaaihue Presentation


Robert Perkinson, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa – American Studies Dept.

Robert Perkinson

Robert Perkinson received his B.A. in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1994) and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University (2001). His teaching and research interests include: U.S. social and political history, crime and punishment, race and politics, globalization and international affairs. Perkinson has written in scholarly and popular forums on a range of topics, including: race relations in the age of Obama, supermax incarceration, terrorism and foreign policy, the World Bank in Asia, unexploded ordinance in Laos, and Anglo-American legal history. His work has been published in the New York Times, New Republic, Boston Review, The Progressive, and The Nation.

Robert Perkinson Presentation


Wendy Meguro, Assistant ProfessorUH Manoa School of Architecture

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Wendy Meguro is an Assistant Professor in sustainable buildings and community design with a joint appointment in the UH Manoa School of Architecture and the UH Sea Grant College Program. Her research, teaching, and outreach are motivated by the desire to make Hawai’i’s coastal communities exemplars in energy and water efficiency, resiliency, economic success, and social well-being. Her research focuses on high-performance building design and policy, including enabling coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change. Prior to joining UH, Wendy was an Associate at Atelier Ten, consulting architecture design and construction teams on energy efficiency, water conservation and reuse, daylighting, visual and thermal comfort, material selection, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and green building certification.

Wendy Meguro Presentation


Martin Despang, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii Manoa School of Architecture

Founder, Despang Architekten Dresden, Munich, Hannover / Germany

Martin Despang

Martin Despang is an internationally renowned expert in architectural case studying based upon ecological bioclimatic lifestyles. Having lived and having been educated in the tempered urban fabric of Germany, the more extremely tempered Midwest, Southwest and finally the Pacific Tropics of the USA made him see and work based upon how climate informs culture. Martin´s synergistic diverse case study typologies of working, dwelling, learning, grocery and (public transport) travelling, which all together form a sustainable system, have been widely awarded, presented and published in North and South America, Europe and Asia.


Martin Despang Presentation


Gene Wang, CEO and Co-founder, People Power

Gene Wang

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smart phone. People Power’s groundbreaking smartphone app, Presence, transforms spare iPhones, iPads, and iPods into wireless video cameras. Cameras can be monitored in real-time from another iOS device with the Presence app, and they can send meaningful alerts with video clips to the user’s email any time motion is detected. Wang is a four-time CEO and serial entrepreneur. He was previously chairman and CEO of Bitfone, chairman and CEO of Photo Access, and CEO of Computer Motion. In addition, Wang was executive vice president at Symantec, where he managed four divisions and helped spur an increase in annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Wang earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gene Wang Presentation

 Royce Jones, Hawaii/Pacific Regional Manager, Esri 

Royce JonesRoyce Jones is the Hawaii/Pacific Regional Manager at Esri located in Honolulu. In addition, Royce teaches classes at Honolulu Community College on geographic information systems and mapping. His previous experiences have included stints at the Geographic Decision Systems International (GDSI), East-West Center, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In his spare time Royce participates in a number of community and government organizations projects aimed at better understanding data and how it relates to mapping.



Royce Jones Presentation

Rechung, Founder, BoxJelly

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Rechung is a Founder of BoxJelly, Hawaii’s first co-working space. He is also a Co-Founder at Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first venture-accelerator and has helped to build various pillars of the startup community in Honolulu including Aloha Startups, Startup Hawaii, and Honolulu New Tech Meetup. He has served as a Director at BizSmart Global for the past three years teaching at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as The American School Bombay and Cathedral St. Connon School in Mumbai, India. His most recent project is Jump School, a pre-accelerator to teach the lean startup methodology to early-stage entrepreneurs. Rechung has studied management, economics and Japanese language at Obirin University in Tokyo, Japan and interned in Shanghai, China at E-Arts. He has a B.A. in International Trade and Finance from Chaminade University with a two year certificate in entrepreneurship. He has been named the Hawaii Venture Capital Associations Young Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the 20 people to watch for the next 20 years by Hawaii Business Magazine. In his free time he enjoys body surfing and karaoke.

Rechung Presentation


Wei Fang, Interisland Terminal

Interisland Terminal

Interisland Terminal was founded in January 2009 out of a vested interest in the cultural and socio-economic life of Honolulu. We believe in our community’s creative potential. Interisland Terminal presents a year-round series of programs in Contemporary Art, Design and Film that explore the intersections of creativity and innovation, thus paving the way for the creative approaches needed to address the civic and social challenges facing Hawaii. We are unique in our stand for strong curatorial independence, cutting across all media, and with an emphasis on design unfound in existing local organizations.


Shanah Trevenna, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Honolulu

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Shanah Trevenna is a sustainability educator, author and consultant. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and Urban Planning from UH she specializes in organizational change and sustainability training. As President of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii, Shanah helped bring the concept of B Corporations and Impact Hub to the Honolulu small business and entrepreneurial community. She recently co-founded Impact Hub Honolulu with Chenoa Farnsworth of Blue Startups and is working with a community of entrepreneurs to open its doors in Kaka’ako in early 2015.


Shanah Trevenna Presentation


Asia Yeary, Hawaii Clean Energy & Transportation Lead, U.S.E.P.A.

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Asia Yeary works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 as the Hawaii Clean Energy & Transportation Lead. She collaborates with federal, state, and local organizations to promote clean energy and multi-modal transportation options. Asia co-founded the RISE sustainability internship program, is as a founding member of the West Coast Collaborative and serves as a board member of Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE).

Asia Yeary Presentation


Mike Hill, Doctoral Candidate, University of Hawaii School of Architecture


Mike Hill is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture.  In 2011, he graduated with honors from the University of Utah in Urban and Regional Planning. While in Utah, he won a number of awards in planning including an APA Outstanding Achievement Award. Mike was introduced to Architecture for Humanity and organized the Honolulu Chapter in 2012. In the fall, he was selected with 3 other students to participate in the NWPR- AIA Leadership Institute. These students developed Re_Think in conjunction with The Hawaii Appleseed LEJ. Re_Think is a design competition for both students and professionals in Oahu focusing on compact development for the homeless.


Russell Wozniak, Doctoral Candidate, University of Hawaii School of Architecture


Russell Wozniak is a Doctoral Candidate at University of Hawaii School of Architecture. He has practiced as a Civil Engineer both locally and abroad.  Having been part of the inception of Engineers without Borders Hawaii and Architecture for Humanity Hawaii he has a deep appreciation for community design.  Starting in 2012 he was part of a 3 person student group that worked with The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.  Together they developed “Re-Think”, a design competition where both students and professionals were giving the opportunity to present affordable housing ideas to local leaders and politicians.

Mike Hill & Russ Wozniak Presentation


Karen Shishido, Sustainability Consultant, Trinity Management Group


Karen Shishido is a Sustainability Consultant with Trinity Management Group, a firm that works with design teams and contractors to attain the highest degree of integrated design and green building certification. She has led sustainability efforts on a dozen projects in Hawaii and the Pacific, including 4 projects that have successfully been awarded LEED certification. Born and raised in Hawaii, she has a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware



Karen Shishido Presentation

Gregory Wong, Customer Service Manager, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning Project

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Greg is responsible for customer related aspects of the 25,000 ton, district cooling system using deep seawater, currently under development by HSWAC in downtown Honolulu. His responsibilities include comprehensive economical evaluations, technical review and implementation, and all other customer relations for the HSWAC project. Previous to working with HSWAC Greg worked as the Senior Captain and Operations Manager with Honolulu based Navatek Ltd. where his responsibilities included performing all sea trials and daily operations of the experimental vessels as well as design and engineering support during construction of ship structures and systems. Greg received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego in Marine Physics and a Master’s of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ryan Rutenschroer, Co-chair, USGBC Hawaii Chapter EBOM committee

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Ryan Rutenschroer “Mr. Green High Rise” is co-chair of the of the US Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter’s Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) committee. A Honolulu resident since 2001, Ryan’s experience as a lead technician and certified building operator (BOC) has instilled in him a high-level of proficiency regarding energy management and intelligent building control systems, indoor environmental quality, optimizing and maintaining HVAC systems, and facilities operations and hospitality for class-A commercial high-rises. In cooperation with Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Ryan helped author the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria and guidelines for the islands’ public and private schools. Ryan is a founding alumnus of California State University, Monterey Bay’s Interdisciplinary Studies program having integrated teledramatic arts, technology and global studies and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s Marine Education and Training Center’s Marine Vessel Fabrication and Repair program. The foundation of Ryan’s work is the creation of sustainable communities through uplifting our built environment, which is based on his philosophy of Architecture for Healing: environmentally conscious, multicultural, multifunctional, transportable, and holistic spiritual design.

Greg Wong & Ryan Rutenschroer Presentation


Yoshi Honda, Director of Operations, US CAD in Hawaii

Yoshi Honda

Yoshi Honda is the Director of Operations for US CAD in Hawaii. He was formerly the president and owner of Pacific CADD Services, Inc., a CAD production service company based in the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. In addition to commercial BIM/CAD production, US CAD Hawaii performs BIM/CAD management, implementation, and is an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider that fosters BIM/CAD awareness. Honda has had the opportunity to work with many local, national, and international firms. This has allowed him to experience many different styles of project and BIM management. Honda has taught at the college level and has been speaking at Autodesk University every year since 1997. Honda is also longtime member of AUGI(r), Inc., where for six years he has held various AUGI Board of Directors positions including Education & Training Chair, Junior & Senior Vice President as well as President in 2002 and again in 2005.

Yoshi Honda Presentation


2014 Build & Buy Green Conference Program

Time Program Information
7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast at:
UH Cancer Center – Sullivan Conference Center
8:15 AM Keynote Speaker
Getting to Net Zero – Status Report and Update on Projects
9:15 AM Case Study Projects – Opportunities/Challenges
LEED ND in Kakaako
UH Cancer Center
Ka Hei
10:15 AM Coffee/Tea/Fresh Fruit Break – 15 mins
10:30 AM Living Futures and the Net Positive Impact Program +  Projects 
Cultural Planning for Ward Village
Obama Presidential Library
UH Living Bldg. Challenge Projects
ILFI – Net Positive – Bullitt Center
11:30 AM “There’s An App For That”
People Power
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Shared spaces and programs
Kaka`ako Agora
Impact HUB
Shared Mobility
2:30 PM Sharing Case Studies in Green Building
Architecture for Humanity
Community projects
Existing Building LEED O + M Projects
Tally App
3:30 PM USGBC HI Community Visioning + Crowd Sourcing Installations
Self-Guided Walking Tour APP
Daily Needs Modular Garden Demo
Visioning Installation

Program and Presenters are subject to change