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July 25, 2003



          The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Hawaii Chapter, has recognized several City projects with awards for outstanding achievement.  The projects acknowledged at ASLAís Professional Awards Program for 2003 were the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail, the Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center, Punahou Square Park and Central Oahu Regional Park.

           ASLA presented the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail with its prestigious Excellence Award.  The Historic Trail is one of several notable projects to emerge from the Community Vision program established by Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris in 1998.  Conceived by members of the Aiea/Pearl City Vision Group and developed through the landscaping expertise of Belt Collins Hawaii, Ltd., the Trail is an integral part of an ongoing effort aimed at recapturing a major length of the Pearl Harbor shoreline with open parks, bicycle trails and wetlands.

           The Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center was one of three Merit Awards received by the City.  Opened to the public last summer following extensive improvements to the grounds and facilities at Hanauma Bay, the Marine Education Center has developed into Oahuís premiere marine-education attraction.  Recognized for their landscaping efforts on the project were Walters, Kimura, Motoda, Inc., Group 70 International, SSFM International Inc., T. Iida Contracting Ltd., and Takano Nakamura Landscaping.  The ASLA award is the fourth award to acknowledge the design excellence of the Hanauma Bay Education Center in 2003.

            Earning the second Merit Award was Central Oahu Regional Park.  The 269-acre recreational complex has played an important role in the Cityís efforts to diversify Honoluluís economy through the development of sports tourism.  The park features baseball and softball quadraplexes designed to support professional and community play, as well as a world-class tennis complex, and a 20-lane archery complex.  Landscape architects recognized for their work on this project include Walters, Kimura, Motoda, Inc., SSFM International, Inc., Dick Pacific Construction Company, Ltd., Royal Contracting Company, Ltd., Takano Nakamura Landscaping, Inc., and Global Sports & Tennis Design Group, LLC.

            The City also earned a Merit Award for Punahou Square Park.  Located in the heart of Makiki on the corner of Punahou and Wilder Ave., the half-acre park was dedicated earlier this year following a complete landscaping renovation featuring lush tropical plants, a meandering pedestrian walkway, and Victorian-style furnishings.  Noted architects include Dana Anne Yee, ASLA, Landscape Architect, LLC, and Naturescape Landscaping.

            Since its inception more than a hundred years ago, the American Society of Landscape Architects has grown to include 13,500 members and 48 chapters representing all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world.  ASLA promotes the profession of landscape architecture through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship.



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