The first phase of the $170-million Residences for Graduate Students student housing facility at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been completed just weeks after the October 4 groundbreaking ceremony.
The demolition of a two-story office building, warehouse and other structures clears the way for the construction of the two buildings (18 and 12 stories) to house over 550 graduate students and their families, along with junior faculty members. The project will include a childcare facility, café retail space, study rooms and more.
Located on the ma uka (mountain) side of Dole Street between the East-West Center and Mānoa stream, the student housing facility is scheduled to open in fall 2025.
The fence around the construction site now features a massive mural inspired by Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, the taro patch across the street at UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
“I wanted to extend that loʻi right on up to this wall over here so we can have a conversation, a connection between these two places because all of these areas would have very likely been in taro cultivation,” said Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos, who painted the mural on October 21.