The Project: Repurpose & Evolve Old Maui High School

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  • TEACH Development, a Hawaiian LLC, was formed to enter into a public-private partnership with the State of Hawaii and the County of Maui to repurpose & develop Old Maui High School (OMHS) into The TEACH Center for Technology, Education, Agriculture, Community, & Health
  • OMHS consists of. . .
    • A 23-acre campus
    • 47,000 sq. ft. of built environment that is in fair to good structural condition consisting of classrooms, administration, multi-purpose and storage.
    • Zoning and entitlements that cover the intended uses of TEACH


  • An abundant local living economy
  • Green jobs and tech jobs
  • Education and training
  • Greater community health & sustainability
  • A showcase of integrative design and regenerative practices
  • The development and prototyping of innovative technologies with a focus on agriculture, water, energy, waste upcycling, health and bio-materials
  • Convening “whole tanks” for solving big social issues including water, affordable housing, homelessness and public health as well as food and energy security

Project Vision

A Regenerative Innovation, Education, and Community Center

Our vision for repurposing the 23-acre site of Old Maui High School will build upon the recommendations and functions set forth in the Friends of Old Maui High School (OMHS) Master Plan with regenerative design and planning to exponentially increase the social, environmental and economic benefits of the Project. The Project vision and benefits will be realized through inclusivity and collaboration with the community, local non-profits, businesses and government, as well as deep environmental, cultural, traffic, infrastructure, archaeological, flora & fauna and permaculture studies.

It is our intention to retain the feeling, viable structures and major landscape elements of the historic campus, while also creating an exemplary place of regenerative innovation, education and health with great social, environmental and economic benefits to Maui.


The vision for TEACH Center is to provide an exemplary showcase of regenerative systems design, sustainability, optimal health, green education and jobs training, meaningful work and a beauitful community gathering place. We will integrate the power, water, waste, wastewater and agriculture systems with the built environment to showcase the synergistic benefits of integrated and regenerative approaches.

We are committed to the belief that if we help create great value for  the community and land, that value will be returned. This commitment extends to collaborating with the community, local non-profits and governments on special programs that provide meaningful solutions to social and environmental challenges.


Using a Regenerative Development Process, TEACH is committed to a principled approach to multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration that includes: being guided by Nature’s wisdom, partnering with the local community, NGO’s and government to develop TEACH as an exemplary showcase of cooperation and innovation for community, social, economic and environmental benefit.

  • Long-term planning for sustainability and healthy regeneration of natural systems to sustain health of humans

  • Engaging community and stakeholders in developing and aligning a deep cultural understanding with service to nature

  • Nature to inform the structuring and integration of agriculture, water, waste and built environment to serve ecosystemic thriving for both humans and the land

  • An evolutionary approach to the Master Plan that serves the land and people of Maui in 5 primary areas of value – social/cultural, environmental, human development, infrastructure and economy

  • Integrated capital and finance strategies (equity, debt, grants, tax credits, PACE) and diversified business models to reduce risk and increase returns

Innovation Focus

  • Bio-Energetic Soil & Water Remediation
    • Processes that use earth minerals (e.g., zeolite, humate), electrocoagulation, microbes and funghi to naturally, rapidly and cost effectively clean and remediate soil and water.
  • Aquatech
    • Next-Gen Atmospheric Water Generation, Living Machine wastewater treatment, Grey water and black water recycling, Desal
  • Agtech
    • Soil Regeneration, Permaculture, Smart Farms (e.g., Robotics, Real-Time Sensors/Data), Systems Integration, Natural Repellents, Algae Harvesting, Phyto-Medicines, Superfoods, Food Processing & Co-Packing
  • Biomaterials & BioScience
    • BioPlastics (e.g., Bread Fruit), Bio-Buiding Materials, (e.g., biocrete, biosteel, woodfibers, biopolymers), Biocompatible Medical Products (e.g., materials for skin, bone, teeth and collagen replacement)
  • Renewable Energy & Fuels
    • Solar, Wind, Goethermal, Tidal, Waste to Energy (Biochar, Syngas) and Biofuels R&D and Teaching Lab
  • Living Buildings & Systems Integration
    • Smart Buidings with Integrated Water, Food, Energy, Waste & Waste Recycling/Upcycling Systems, Sensors & Monitoring, Locally grown/harvested building materials
  • Optimal Wellness
    • Exercise, Diet & Nutrition, Environmental Connection, Mindfulness , Stress Relief, Natural Remedies, Superfoods, Cleansing, Personal Growth
  • Earth Wisdom & Biomimicry
    • Learning from Nature, Hawaiian & Indigenous Wisdom, Imitation of Nature’s Solutions, Ho’oponono, Malama ‘Aina
  • Co-Laboratory
    • Convening “whole tanks” of experts in whole systems/ecology, renewable energy, design, economics/investment and makers with community collaboration to solve the world’s and Maui’s biggest challenges


    • An inspiring community gathering place to celebrate Hawaiian and world culture
    • Facilities to convene thought leaders to collaboratively create solutions for a better world (e.g., water, energy, affordable housing, food security, environment, meaningful work/green jobs and ending homelessness, hunger & poverty)
    • An educational center that provides applied training for green jobs, tech jobs and regenerative work (e.g., permaculture, renewable energy, integrated systems and living buildings)
    • A regenerative co-working place that fosters a vital and sustainable local-living economy
    • A living laboratory for incubating, showcasing and scaling regenerative innovation into thriving businesses that do good for the world


    The following table represents the current vision for the facilities at The TEACH Center.  We anticipate that as we have an opportunity to engage with the land and community and do in depth studies, research and planning, we will evolve our vision and plans to be of the greatest social, environmental and economic benefit.


    Condition of Existing Structures