Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Cultural Garden

300 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96819

Completed

2016

The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Central Concourse cultural garden has long served as an oasis and place of respite away from the hustle and bustle of airport travel. Revising the area layout to rejuvenate the garden and better manage and use the space was a challenge undertaken by Belt Collins landscape architects.

The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Central Concourse cultural garden has long served as an oasis and place of respite away from the hustle and bustle of airport travel. Revising the area layout to rejuvenate the garden and better manage and use the space was a challenge undertaken by Belt Collins landscape architects.

The cultural garden found at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport’s Central Concourse was initially created in 1962 by Hawai‘i’s first landscape architect Richard Tongg. Three landscape zones were integrated into the garden space to reflect the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultures. Duty-Free Shops looked to expand their retail sales area into the garden space and called upon Belt Collins to reconfigure the garden while maintaining the original intent of showcasing local cultures. The reduced area, redesigned gardens have selected planting, bridges and fish ponds, hardscape materials and details, lighting systems, and upgraded irrigation, appropriately reflecting the cultures and retaining Richard Tongg’s design intent. The design preserved the original Japanese and Chinese Pavilions and the Dr. San Yat-sen dedicated statue in place. Stone lanterns and commemorative features such as the Hawai‘i Japanese Immigration Centennial monument were carefully documented, conserved and incorporated into the revitalized landscape design. The renovated gardens with its historic features, refreshed plantings and signage remains an aesthetic in the air travel hub of Honolulu offering a welcoming greeting, place to relax and cultural experience to air travelers, just as envisioned in 1962.

The cultural garden found at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport’s Central Concourse was initially created in 1962 by Hawai‘i’s first landscape architect Richard Tongg. Three landscape zones were integrated into the garden space to reflect the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultures. Duty-Free Shops looked to expand their retail sales area into the garden space and called upon Belt Collins to reconfigure the garden while maintaining the original intent of showcasing local cultures. The reduced area, redesigned gardens have selected planting, bridges and fish ponds, hardscape materials and details, lighting systems, and upgraded irrigation, appropriately reflecting the cultures and retaining Richard Tongg’s design intent. The design preserved the original Japanese and Chinese Pavilions and the Dr. San Yat-sen dedicated statue in place. Stone lanterns and commemorative features such as the Hawai‘i Japanese Immigration Centennial monument were carefully documented, conserved and incorporated into the revitalized landscape design. The renovated gardens with its historic features, refreshed plantings and signage remains an aesthetic in the air travel hub of Honolulu offering a welcoming greeting, place to relax and cultural experience to air travelers, just as envisioned in 1962.

Three landscape zones were integrated into the garden space to reflect the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultures.

Conceptual Plan

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Three landscape zones were integrated into the garden space to reflect the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultures.

Conceptual Plan

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