The Paepae I Ka Pohaku Award

Congratulations Rick Rutiz!

Left Photo Caption: HAF members Chris Hong, AIA (left) and Jim Neiss, AIA (right) present Rick Rutiz with the 2017 Paepae I Ka Pohaku Award at the 2017 AIA Maui Annual Meeting.

In 2017 the AIA/HAF Paepae I Ka Pohaku Award was given to Rick Rutiz in recognition of his founding Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike and leading the organization for the past 16 years. The building curriculum at Hana High School has taught the value of team work through real projects that have improved the school and the community of Hana. This has been done through cooperation with the school, generous donations from Hana citizens, Maui’s suppliers, builders and architects.

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The AIA/HAF Paepae I Ka Pohaku Award recognizes an individual or organization from the community that has contributed to, and promoted, the public’s appreciation of architectural design and responsible approaches to the built environment. Generally, the award shall be given for sustained effort and not for a single act. The award is not intended to recognize architects and shall not be given to an architect.

In 2016 the first Paepae I Ka Pohaku award was given to David Cheever, in recognition of, among other things, the books he wrote and/or published about architecture in Hawaii, his newspaper columns and his service as interim director of AIA/Honolulu, Historic Hawaii Foundation and Mission House Museum and Archives.