Breaking Ground on Green & Affordable Housing and Communities

Green Communities and Housing. Spotlight on the Enterprise Foundation, Affordable and Healthy Housing in Hawaii: from Micro units to ADUs, Multi-family housing, LEED for Homes, LEED ND, and beyond!

Attendees qualify for 6 AIA CEUs (HSW) and 6 self-reporting CEUs.

Presentations and Presenters may not be as listed. Schedule reflects the more accurate list to date.


7:30 am to 8:00 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast. Coffee and Pastries from Honolulu Coffee.


8:00 am to 8:05 am

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Joanna Griffith, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | USGBC Hawaii President

Joanna is the current President of the USGBC Hawaii and an architect with WhiteSpace Architects. After earning her B.S. Arch from the University of Minnesota, Joanna completed the University of Hawaii’s Doctor of Architecture program where she developed her passion for community-enriching, sustainable design. She has led several projects serving the local community through her roles with the USGBC as President and former Chair of the Emerging Professionals committee as well as through the AIA's Northwest Pacific Leadership Institute.


8:05 am to 9:05 am

Driving the Evolution of Green & Affordable

The plenary session will set the stage for the conference, looking first at the evolving meaning of “green” in affordable housing, and of what constitutes affordability – to homeowner or renter, to building owner, LIHTC investor and public funder.  Where “green” has traditionally been seen as “good for the environment,” it has evolved to encompass all aspects of Sustainability; as much focused on occupant health, community resilience and financial sustainability as on resource conservation and pollution prevention.   Krista Egger will speak to how Enterprise Green Communities and USGBC/LEED are helping to foster this evolution with emerging strategies and new models, including real examples here in the State.   

Hawai’i is, for many reasons, the perfect crucible to catalyze this evolution.  Thanks to the Governor’s  vision, we stand at a pivotal moment, poised to change the course of housing affordability in the State of Hawai’i.  To close this session and set the participants’ action agenda for the conference, Alistair Jackson will look beyond design challenges and rating systems, to the fundamental changes we can make to deliver better, more affordable housing, faster and in larger volumes.  Be ready to make your own To Do list on how you can contribute to making green affordable housing happen! Be a part of the solution!


Moderated by: Ramona K. Mullahey, Senior Analyst -  Field Policy & Management | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Honolulu Field Office


Alistair Jackson|O'Brien & Company

Alister brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of sustainable business and sustainability.   Alistair contributed to the development of the Enterprise Green Communities 2015 Criteria,  where he continues to provide technical advice to the program.  He also participates on the technical advisory committee for Washington State’s affordable housing program - the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard; And, recently contributed recommendations on ways to enhance the cost effectiveness of public funding of affordable housing to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Since 2001, Alistair has focused his interest on defining and achieving the value potential of a more sustainable built environment, particularly, in the areas of multifamily building and affordable housing.  From helping developers evaluate the financial return of sustainability strategies, to working with construction teams and building operators to ensure those returns are realized, Alistair brings a big picture perspective, an eye for connections and a pragmatic approach to getting things done.   He has been active in Hawaii’sgreen building initiatives since 2003, assisting in the development and delivery of BIA’s Built Green program.   Alistair is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED Accredited Professional, LEED® for Homes Green Rater, a BuiltGreen™ & EnergyStar® verifier, a LEED faculty, and is a Green Communities Charrette facilitator.

Krista Egger, Director of Initiatives| Enterprise Community Partners

Krista has more than a decade of experience leading energy efficiency initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national green training and technical assistance programs. She led the development of the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, provides strategic oversight for the Enterprise Green Communities Certification program, manages a $1mm Better Buildings Challenge technical assistance fund for HUD, and manages the development and delivery of a suite of associated trainings, tools, and initiatives. Krista is recognized as a leading provider of practical strategies to build sustainable affordable housing and is a frequently requested speaker.

Prior to Enterprise, Krista directed Advanced Energy’s Affordable Housing business unit which provides building science expertise, programs, and trainings to portfolio owners, utilities, and housing finance agencies. She led the award‐winning guaranteed‐performance SystemVision program as well as consulting services with Habitat for Humanity International, NeighborWorks, utility clients, top builders, and the EPA.

Krista earned a bachelor’s in Art History with a specialization in architectural history and physics from Oberlin College. After graduation, she served in AmeriCorps, bringing applied building science solutions to affordable housing stakeholders throughout North Carolina.

A Note from the Mayor's Office             

9:05 am to 9:15 am


Mayor Kirk Caldwell | City and County of Honolulu

Bio coming soon!


9:15 am to 9:45 am


Ming-Yi Wong, AIA, LEED AP Homes| Mason Architects, Inc.

Topic: The Shades of Green: Kunia Village

The Kunia Village Housing Development project provides affordable, low-income single-family housing for agricultural workers in Hawaii. As one of the last intact historic agricultural village in Hawaii, Kunia Village weaves historic preservation with green building practices to ensure that agricultural workers are able to live in healthy, economically and environmentally beneficial, yet affordable housing. The project consists of 82 units: 45 rehabilitated units and 37 new housing units in 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom and 4-bedrooms configurations. 41 rehabilitated units are under Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, while 37 new housing units and 4 rehabilitated units fall under LEED for Homes Silver certification.


9:45 am to 10:15 am


Makani Maeva | Ahe Group

Topic: Seeing Green: Why Green Building Makes Cents

Makani is currently the president and CEO of the Ahe Group, an affordable housing developer focused on the preservation, rehabilitation and development of affordable housing for Hawaii’s low-income residents.  She has worked in Hawaii’s affordable housing arena since its infancy.  Nineteen years ago, Makani helped to develop Hawaii’s first privately owned low-income housing tax credit project, Kulana Hale.  Since 1995, Makani has been instrumental in the development and preservation of over 2,300 affordable housing units in the state, and thousands more units across the country.  She has secured $138 million in debt financing and $116 million in equity for affordable housing in Hawaii alone.


10:15 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 11:30 am (Panel Discussion)


Questor Lau, AIA, D.Arch | HHF Planners

Topic: The How's of ADUs

As an architect and planner focusing on urban infill, Questor has had first-hand experience navigating the building regulatory process in Honolulu and an understanding of how “good intentioned” policy decisions are implemented at the fine-grained level. He was instrumental in working with City Officials, community and professional groups to support the passage of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) amendment to the Land Use Ordinance

Ethan Twer, NCARB, LEED AP | Architects Hawaii

Topic: AHL's Waimanalo ADU

Ethan has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction industries. He has served as a Project Manager and Senior Project Manager, as well as a Lead Designer on a range of projects varying in size, scope, and complexity. His expertise includes residential, mixed-use, commercial, retail, industrial, hospitality, healthcare, and educational facilities along with federal, state, and municipal government projects.

With a diverse background, Ethan has the experience to take a project from conceptual design through construction administration. The consummate communicator, he has developed long-standing relationships with consultants, colleagues, contractors, and clients across the country and abroad. For his leadership and accomplishments, Ethan was prestigiously selected as Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 and became a Pacific Century Fellow in 2013.

Samantha Magistro | Bronx Pro Group LLC

Topic: The Promise of the Micro-Unit  

Samantha began her professional career as an intern in her family owned company, Bronx Pro Group LLC. After four years of working on tax credit compliance and tenant income certifications, Samantha joined Bronx Pro as an Assistant Project Manager to work on an innovative renovation project - University Macombs Apartments. While pursuing post-graduate studies at Columbia University, she interned at the Manhattan's Borough President's Office and worked part-time as a Project Manager at Enterprise Community Partners.  Samantha also spent a semester studying economic and workforce development in post-Katrina New Orleans.  In 2008, Samantha returned to Bronx Pro fulltime where she is the Managing Director of New Business with the goal of growing and diversifying the company’s investments.   Since assuming this role, she has closed $246 million dollars in new real-estate development for the company utilizing groundbreaking financing innovations in the affordable housing field such as Recycled Bond Financing, NYCHA Replacement Housing Factor capital and Medicaid Redesign Team funds. 


11:30 am to 12:30 pm (Panel Discussion)


Paul Kay, Director of Real Estate | Kamehameha Schools

Topic: Re-inventing the City Block:SALT

Paul Kay serves as Kamehameha Schools (KS) Director of Planning & Development of Commercial Real Estate. Kay’s development experience spans nearly 30 years and includes working on multi-family and single family homes, resorts, numerous commercial properties, and master-planned communities. These master-planned community projects located in both Hawaiʻi and California include several thousand homes, retail properties, a golf course, parks, and other associated infrastructure.

Most recently, Kay’s leadership in the strategy and execution of Kamehameha Schools’ Kaka‘ako neighborhood, or better known as Our Kaka ‘ako, has achieved success both in bridging community needs and executing innovative designs.

SALT at Our Kakaʻako is strategically set at the center of this innovative neighborhood to create a community gathering place using the adaptive re-use concepts in an urban setting. The retail complex, SALT at Our Kakaʻako, is the epicenter for a variety of artists, chefs, influencers, and entrepreneurs. Kay has provided a creative solution for Our Kaka‘ako, while demonstrating that retail projects in neighborhoods are commercially viable.

Paul grew up in Honolulu and is a graduate of USC Marshall School of Business. He currently resides in Honolulu with his wife and three sons.

Katrina is a registered architect and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor with 20+ years of experience in the building industry. She is the founding principal of Fermata Consulting, a sustainable design consulting firm that provides environmental advice for a broad spectrum of occupant types and building sectors. Katrina strives to broaden the positive impact of green building to encompass all living beings and to have great fun finding creative green building solutions.

Katrina is a registered architect and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor with 20+ years of experience in the building industry. She is the founding principal of Fermata Consulting, a sustainable design consulting firm that provides environmental advice for a broad spectrum of occupant types and building sectors. Katrina strives to broaden the positive impact of green building to encompass all living beings and to have great fun finding creative green building solutions.

Katrina Morgan, Architect, LEED AP BD+C, CSBA

Topic: Progress in Ward

"The Hawaii Community Development Authority's mission is to build community. And communities include everyone," says Lindsey Doi, HCDA's compliance assurance and community outreach officer.   The island of Oahu has been over-built for the vacation population, while the local housing market struggles to provide affordable and respectable housing options to its residents. The people who contribute and are a part of the local economy of the island suffer the most in this housing crisis.  Hawaii renters face the highest rents in the country. Many of these renters would be ready to purchase permanent housing... if affordable options were available.  

In an effort to respond to this affordable housing challenge, local government encourages private developers to include affordable housing components in any new development in the state under the reserved housing requirements.  One excellent example of this is the Ward Village Ke Kilohana development by Howard Hughes. Katrina will talk story about Ke Kilohana from the perspective of the green building consultant.

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Daniel Simonich | Hawaii Community Development Authority

Topic: Local Foods, Local Places

Daniel has been an urban planner at the Hawaii Community Development Authority since 2013. He is responsible for reviewing redevelopment projects and working with community members in the Kakaako District.  Beginning in 2011 Daniel previously worked at the University of Hawaii Office of Physical, Environmental and Long Range Planning focusing on sustainability and space management plans, and was a student at the University of Hawaii Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Daniel also holds degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture from Montana State University.

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Justine Espiritu | Oahu Fresh

Topic: Local Foods, Local Places

Justine Espiritu is a grant writer and project manager for clean transportation and local food projects in Honolulu since 2010. She currently supports the development of Bikeshare Hawaii, Oahu Fresh, and the Oahu Food Hub. Additionally she serves as the TEDxHonolulu Sustainability Curator, leads the Greener Reader Book Club, and co-hosts the Hawaii Food and Farmers Series on ThinkTech Hawaii. Justine holds a BA in Psychology and Historical and Political Studies from Chaminade University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, she has been living on Oahu since 2004.


12:30 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch)


The Mobile Lunch from Street Grindz.

visit with exhibitors

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm


1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (Walking Tour)


Walking Tour: Visit local food projects, vertical gardens, and urban farms to gain an understanding of how food places are growing a greener future for Kaka'ako.