Re-Lei Competition


The Re Lei Competition is a design competition held every other year during April, during World Landscape Architecture Month, entrants must use post-consumer and “unwanted material or Trash” to create their lei.

It culminates on May 1st, Lei Day, when a winner is announced for the People’s Choice Awards. A group of Landscape Architecture colleagues wanted to organize a fun event similar to AIA’s (American Institute of Architects) Sandcastle and CAN-struction event competitions in support of the future Master of Landscape Architecture program at UH Mānoa.  

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa prepares its graduates to become leaders of the next generation of landscape architects.

Trained in the extraordinary Hawaiian landscape, students are equipped with emerging tools and strategies needed to enhance a beautiful, resilient and healthy built environment. As the only professional landscape architecture program in Hawai‘i, situated within a Carnegie R1 Land, Sea and Space Grant university, the MLA advances contemporary urban landscape design teaching, theory and practice in the state and tropical Asia-Pacific coastal regions with a dedicated focus on ecological and social sustainability by design.”

It’s a brand-new program working really hard to live up to this mission through a range of super exciting projects in the public realm across the State. You can find more information about the program at 

Donations from Re-Lei go toward directly supporting the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture.

The funding goes into the program development fund, and is used for things that directly impact students.

This year, money has gone toward sponsoring all the students in the program with student membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects, and toward a recent Pau Hana which hosted to bring students and members of the professional community together.

Those opportunities for social and professional exchange and interaction are important in the development of our students’ networks as their getting prepared to enter practice.

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