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Celebrating 50 Years of Model Homes

Hawai‘i Community College is celebrating a significant milestone in 2017: the construction of the 50th Model Home. The “Model Home Project” was established in 1965 and the first home was completed in 1966. Nearly every year since, students in the construction trades programs have designed and built a custom home for a local family. The unique project provides incredibly valuable hands-on learning experience for students while providing an affordable home in the community.

Share your story

Do you have a story or experience you want to share related to the Model Home Project? Visit the 50 Years of Model Homes Facebook page and share your story! You may also email the Hawai‘i CC Office of External Affairs at earo1@hawaii.edu.

Celebrate together

Hawai‘i CC Alumni and Friends will be celebrating “50 Years of Model Homes” with a reunion on Friday, April 28, 5:30‒9 p.m. Reconnect with classmates, instructors, and others in the construction industry during this fun reunion! At the UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room. Buffet dinner, no host cocktails.


  • 5:30 p.m.—Doors open, no-host cocktails and entertainment
  • 6 p.m. —Welcome & Kipaepae ceremony by Pele Kaio and Unukupukupu Halau/Tangar'o
  • 6:45 p.m. —Formal program begins

Tickets are now on sale for $25. To purchase a ticket, click here or contact Lori Medeiros at lmedeiro@hawaii.edu or at (808) 934-2518 for tickets and sponsorship options.

More about the Model Home Project

For more photos, view the Flickr album.

Celebrating 50 Years of Model Homes

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