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Create(x) is a living laboratory for students to showcase their works at the intersection of creative media, computation, culture, art and science at the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu.


It is co-led by Professor Jason Leigh, and Kari Noe of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA), and is jointly funded by the Academy for Creative Media System, and the National Science Foundation


Current Projects


Wao Kiʻi 

Developing Logic and Language skills through an Immersive Hawaiian Forest

Wao Ki'i (fig. realm of images) allows users to populate Hawaiian forests through a visual interface inspired from visual programming.

Through the programming and implementation of flora, fauna, and weather events; users will learn basic Hawaiian vocabulary through relations between the programming tiles and the their effects on the environment.


Dev Team: Kari Noe, Nurit Kirshenbaum, Ben Malohi, Kaila Foltz, Ronnie Kauanoe,
King 'Afa Cocker


For more information contact: Kari Noe


The Energy Table

Beginning the Dialog of 100% Renewable Energy for Hawaiʻi

The Energy Table shows three ways of moving Hawaiʻi to 100% renewable by 2045, and the tradeoffs that need to be made with respect to land use.

This project was developed by the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA) and funded in part by the Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiʻi State Energy Office, and the National Science Foundation.


Dev Team: Ryan Theriot, James Hutchison, III, Eva Teresa Morales Perez


For more information contact: Jason Leigh –


The Digital Waʻa

The call for new ways of educating future generations to be competent navigators and stewards for our Earth has been heard.

Create(x) will be supporting the Polynesian Voyaging Society in their interests in using Extended Reality (XR) and other immersive technologies to document and share their stories and knowledge.


For more information contact: Jason Leigh –

In the News



We are located at Building G

(at the red star) at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu campus. 

When visiting, please park in the student/staff parking.



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