Canstruction® Competition Benefits Hawaii Foodbank

Hawaii’s architecture community believes we can build a world without hunger, one can at a time – to the tune of over 300,000 pounds of canned-food donations to date.

Ten teams of local architects, builders and allied design and engineering professionals will “canstruct” fanciful giant structures – each made entirely of thousands of cans of food – in Hawaii’s Tenth Annual Canstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center.

Members of the public are invited to participate by voting for their favorite canned-food structures. Visit Canstruction® and bring canned-food donations to support Hawaii’s hungry families. The Canstruction® structure that receives the most votes (one can of donated food equals one vote – but only cans count!) during the two-week exhibition will be named People’s Choice Award winner.

This year’s Canstruction® theme is “Rock-CAN-Roll!”

For part of Canstruction® day, from 10 a.m to noon, AIA Honolulu member-architects will lead keiki ages five to 12 in building a special structure with thousands of cans of their own. The community is asked to please bring at least five cans of food as a donation to join in the fun in the Kids Can Corner!

“Decanstruction” of the structures will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, October 18, after which the canned food will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.

To date, the Canstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center has raised 306,656 pounds of needed canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank – enough for nearly 250,000 meals for the hungry in our community. The Hawaii Foodbank, through its network of island food banks and their local food pantries and meal programs, provides food assistance to more than 123,000 households encompassing 287,000 Islanders – or one in five island residents – including 47,894 children and over 46,000 seniors.

Canstruction® is a national community service program created by the Society for Design Administration on behalf of the design and construction industry.

The Canstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center is on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. at Pearlridge Center, Uptown Center Court. More at aiahonolulu.org – search Events for Canstruction.

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