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Interior Design Projects

Interior Design students are creating plans that will completely re-vamp a dilapidated neighborhood block in Wahiawa, thereby improving its safety as well. They are transforming it into a vibrant resource for economic development and a true hub for the community. Our students' work benefits a non-profit client called "Surfing the Nations" whose mission is "to see lives changed within and outside of [the] organization."


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Jill Hara and Max Kamm present their floor plan to clients.

Honolulu WeeklyInterior Design project featured in the Honolulu Weekly

Cafe Renewal: Surfers Coffee Bar enlivens a once-forsaken block by Tiffany Hervey
During the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Top Hat Bar in Wahiawa was hit. It closed for three days and reopened on Dec. 10, 1941 with the charging mantra that its doors would never be closed again. And the bar stayed open seven days a week, year-round, until early 2009, when it shut down for good. Read the full article.

View students' designs for Surfing the Nations:

Facade study (All Interior Design classes involved)
Staff apartments layout (ID201: Fundamentals of Interior Design)
Community center and retail space designs (ID270: Building Systems & Materials)
Maintaining the historical composition during re-design (ID321: Programming and Space Planning)
Revamping the coffee house, restaurant, shave ice store and fashion boutique (ID471: Senior Studio Commercial)

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This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Learn and Serve America: Higher Education Grant No.10LHPHI001. Opinions and points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Corporation or the Learn and Serve America Program.