Kapua Pimentel

Kapua Pimentel

Scholar since
2020

Scholarship received
2020 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Current occupation
Architectural Designer, Ferraro Choi and Associates, Ltd.

Hometown
Honolulu, HI

Kapua (Megan) Pimentel, Assoc. AIA, NOMA is a Native Hawaiian designer born and raised along the Koʻolau mountains of Kaʻelepulu and Waimānalo, Oʻahu. Her roots in Hawaiian culture and commitment to aloha ʻāina (to love and honor land, nation, all that nourishes) inform her work as an emerging professional who is passionate about decolonizing design and creating spaces for a liberated Hawaiʻi.

Kapua’s goal is to collaboratively imagine and implement a truly community-centered, relationship-focused process of design for Hawaiʻi. She serves as inaugural co-chair of AIA Honolulu’s newly launched Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and is coordinator for the committee’s first public EDI University course: “Designing Justice in Hawaiʻi”.

Kapua is a hula practitioner under nā Kumu Hula Sky Gora and Liko Cooke of Hālau Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (an international public service and social action organization working with a primary focus on serving the Black community), and Architectural Designer at Ferraro Choi and Associates, Ltd.