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DLNR Media Advisory-Updated Forest Wood Innovations News Conference with Additional Speaker, May 23, 2018

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Latest Department News

Hawai‘i’s critical shortage of affordable dwellings will get an additional boost from a USDA Forest Service Wood Innovation grant. The design and building of a prototype Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is one part of the three-part $250,000 grant the Forest Service awarded. This is the first time Hawai‘i has been awarded one of these grants and is one of 34 projects funded  from 119 proposals.  On the UH-Manoa campus a prototype structure built from albizia is in the final stages of completion and media will be able to photograph and video tape this building.



News Conference and photo opportunity



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

11 a.m.



UH-Manoa, in front of the School of Architecture, University Ave & Campus Rd

(University to Maile Way to Farrington Road, around Varney Circle to Campus Road)



  • Philipp LaHaela Walter, State Resource & Survey Forester, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
  • Joseph Valenti, Director, Hawai‘i Wood Utilization Team
  • Michael Tam, Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association



HD video, photographs and soundbites from the UH prototype will be available.


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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131

Honolulu, HI  96813

[email protected]

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(808) 587-0407 (Office)
(808) 295-8749 (Cell)