“In a time dom­i­nat­ed by fleet­ing and insub­stan­tial trends,
his places are mea­sured and real, yet they radiate 
the open opti­mism of a won­der­ful con­ti­nu­ity of idea, 
with form-mak­ing work­ing slow­ly and qui­et­ly toward the 
truth of the place and the peo­ple among whom he lives.”

—Roma­l­do Giur­go­la, AO, LFRAIA, LFAIA
Quote from his nom­i­na­tion of John M. Hara, FAIA  for the AIA
North­west and Pacif­ic Region 2015 Medal of Honor


Medal of Hon­or for Life­time Achievement
Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Architects
North­west and Pacif­ic Region

“The hon­or rec­og­nizes an extra­or­di­nary body of work over the four decades of Mr. Hara’s prac­tice. The jury felt he consistently 
demon­strat­ed a pas­sion for the val­ue of archi­tec­ture in our cul­ture and our soci­ety through a long and ded­i­cat­ed career.”


Medal of Honor
Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Architects
Hawaii State Council

“The Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects Hawai‘i State Coun­cil (AIA Hawai‘i) in part­ner­ship with the Hawai‘i Archi­tec­tur­al Foun­da­tion, has named local archi­tect John Hara, FAIA the 2017 Medal of Hon­or hon­oree. This hon­or is giv­en to an archi­tect who has sig­nif­i­cant­ly advanced the pro­fes­sion of archi­tec­ture and whose lead­er­ship pro­vides an inspi­ra­tion to fel­low prac­ti­tion­ers.


Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects Fellow

“The Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects declares that John M. Hara, FAIA is advanced to fel­low­ship by the Jury of Fel­lows for notable con­tri­bu­tion to the advance­ment of the pro­fes­sion of archi­tec­ture.


The Governor’s Award for Dis­tin­guished Achieve­ment in Cul­ture, Art and Humanities
State of Hawai‘i

In recog­ni­tion of your out­stand­ing life­time con­tri­bu­tions as a gift­ed archi­tect and teacher, whose knowl­edge, com­mit­ment and vision have nour­ished and per­pet­u­at­ed the cul­tur­al enrich­ment of Hawai‘i…”


Life­time Achievement
Japan­ese Cul­tur­al Cen­ter of Hawai‘i

“John Hara is devot­ed to plan­ning and design­ing sites and build­ings that con­tin­ue to rede­fine the con­tem­po­rary lan­guage of Hawai­ian archi­tec­tur­al traditions.” 


Liv­ing Trea­sure of Hawai‘i
Hon­pa Hong­wan­ji Mis­sion of Hawai‘i

“John Hara inter­con­nects struc­tur­al har­mo­ny and prag­mat­ic cre­ativ­i­ty through archi­tec­tur­al con­cepts. For more than four decades, he has been pro­mot­ing and redefin­ing Hawai­ian archi­tec­ture by bal­anc­ing tra­di­tion­al motifs with con­tem­po­rary designs. He is a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­al and peren­ni­al men­tor of art and thought.”


The Ben­jamin Franklin Dis­tin­guished Alum­ni Award
Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia Club of Hawai‘i


Old School Award
Puna­hou School Alum­ni Association

Old School Award for out­stand­ing ser­vice to Punahou



Archi­tect of the Year
NAIOP, Kuku­lu Hale Awards

“Over the years the com­pa­ny has earned more than 50 design awards includ­ing 30 for ‘Excel­lence in Architecture’.”