Preliminary design concepts for Daniel K. Inouye Center unveiled

University of Hawaiʻi
Jodi Leong, (808) 492-0597
Director of Communications, External Affairs and University Relations
Lisa Shirota, (808)956-7352
Social Sciences, Office of the Dean
Posted: May 7, 2014


VIDEO links: 

DKI - Conceptual Design VNR b-roll


DKI- Conceptual Design soundbites for TV


UHDKI - video Preliminary concept design


The University of Hawai‘i (UH) today unveiled preliminary design concepts for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center), which will be located at the current Henke Hall site on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) campus. The concepts, which incorporated input from a diverse group of public-private partners, community leaders, and university campus experts, can be viewed at

The preliminary concepts demonstrated an array of possible design options to meet the current and future needs of UH Mānoa students, the campus, as well as the surrounding community. Included in the presentation were a variety of space options for student innovation zones, civic engagement areas, and archival preservation sections.

“The Daniel K. Inouye Center is part of the university’s ongoing efforts to redefine buildings and public spaces on the UH Mānoa campus and align it to better meet the evolving educational, social and cultural needs of students and the community. We’re excited to share these preliminary design concepts for the center, which were developed in consultation with key university and community stakeholders, and invite the public to share their thoughts with us at This is an opportunity for the public to provide insights as to what spatial elements might be needed to meet the present and future needs of students, the campus and the surrounding communities,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple.

“The DKI Center is an excellent example of the dynamic possibilities that can arise out of a public-private partnership. The features and functionalities envisioned for the center, particularly the student innovation zones and civic engagement areas, will create exciting, new learning environments that will encourage and foster meaningful discussions on a variety of topics. When completed, the center will play a key role in UH’s commitment to providing opportunities that transform lives for students and their families through higher education and scholarship,” added UH Interim President David Lassner.

The preliminary design concepts are part of the pre-design phase for the center. During this phase, key parameters and objectives of the design are researched and defined, including site analyses, functions, room types and systems.

Janine S. Clifford, AIA, the project’s architect of record and principal of local firm Clifford Planning & Architecture, added, “Although conceptual in nature at this point, Clifford Planning & Architecture and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners are excited to share with you the initial design ideas. These ideas incorporate many of the form and functional requirements that were raised during our community-based workshop for the center, and integrate them into an exciting design concept that maximizes unique sustainable features such as the use of trade winds for natural ventilation. At the conclusion of this phase, the project will enter the formal design process and work on actual schematic design will begin.”

A final design plan, which may incorporate features from various preliminary concepts, will be developed and presented for additional feedback at a later date.


JENNIFER SABAS/Director, DKI Institute

And to create a space for the telling of the Dan Inouye story.  And to capture the lessons on leadership and courage and humanity.  And to aspire succeeding generations to step forward and lead.  (:13)

TOM APPLE/Chancellor, UH Mānoa

I see the middle schoolers and the high schoolers and the school busses at the end of McCarthy Mall and students learning about democracy, about public service.  And many of them being inspired to follow in the Senatorʻs footsteps. (:14)

Of course, itʻs not possible to cost out until we know what the final design will look like and the various options.  (:08)

DENISE KONAN/Dean, College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa

This is going to be a great place for the community.  We are going to have activities, featured speakers and activities that will draw people in and really help elevate the dialog around all the kinds of issues that Hawaiʻi is confronted with in our public sphere.  (:16)

Weʻve been focused on trying to figure out what are the activities for in the building and how might a building fit to accommodate all those activities.  ( :08)

MOMI CAZIMERO/DKI Workshop Participant

I want to see somewhere the soul  of Hawaii articulated in that building.  And in this transparency of this very beautiful building, that there will still be the heart and soul of Hawaiʻi expressed in it. (:13)

JANINE CLIFFORD/AIA, Architect of Record, Clifford Planning and Architecture

The idea is to capture those beautiful Mānoa winds that come through the campus and naturally ventilate our great innovation zone. (:09)

So we have this beautiful innovation zone on the ground level with televisions that can broadcast live on the great lawn. (:09)


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