Having studied with master builders and experts from across the globe, the Architectural Chairman of the Hawaiian Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, Leimana Pelton, feels the Big Island is now ripe to launch a viable bamboo-related industry. During his research, our Chairman of the Board, Mr. Pelton, traveled to bamboo Mecca’s like the Philippines, Colombia, Brazil, and Vietnam and has had the outstanding opportunity to study and build with renowned bamboo architect, Simón Vélez.
Also on Bamboo Village’s Board of Directors is University
of Hawaii at Manoa researcher, Dean Johnston, who is coordinating
species specific research in architecture, entomology, engineering
and agriculture sciences that will lead to breakthroughs in tissue
culture propagation and to widespread acceptance of bamboo as a coded
building material. The exciting news of Mr. Johnston’s preliminary tests
indicate that our preferred species of treated tropical bamboos are bug
resistant and several times stronger than conventional building materials!