KIRC Administration Building

Kaho`olawe Island, located off the coast of Maui, is referred to by some as the center of Hawaiian cultural revitalization. Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) is the commission that manages, restores and monitors the culturally significant Kaho’olawe Island Reserve. Currently operating from multiple locations, this new administration building will consolidate KIRC to one location on Maui. By moving Administrative and Field operations closer to the existing launch site out to Kaho`olawe Reserve, this new building will allow for increased accessibility to the island, visitor exposure, and community interface.


RIM provided concept designs for KIRC to use to receive financing and approvals. This 20,000 SF facility is designed with the Hawaiian culture as a centerpiece, complete with central community spaces, a cultural museum and collaborative office spaces. The building will facilitate educational, administrative, exhibition, and operational functions associated with the island of Kaho`olawe, along with activities supporting Native Hawaiian cultural practice. Specific uses within the proposed center include offices, a historical and interactive exhibit about Kaho`olawe Island, meeting spaces, classrooms, a visitor center, gift shop, and café. The proposed project will also include the development of an outdoor performance/gathering area, plant nursery, exterior interactive exhibits, parking and related improvements.

ROLE Design Architect
Client Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC)