• The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Alchemy of Design: Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
project

Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

location

Kīhei, HI

client

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Region 1

services provided

Planning
Research & Writing
Art Direction
Graphic Design
Concept Design
Developmental Design
Fabrication Liaison

summary

All six of Tilden’s principles were woven throughout the exhibits at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Because the new visitor center showcases the refuge’s management of water and land to ensure the survival of the endangered Hawaiian stilt (ae‘o) and Hawaiian coot (‘alae ke‘oke‘o), emphasis was placed on presenting a holistic approach to both the restoration efforts and the interpretation. Artistic pieces were designed to appeal to adults, and touchable objects were designed to engage children. Exhibit text and images related the information to visitors’ own needs, reveal meanings, and provoke thought and water-wise behavior.