10 Day Aircrete 

Dome Building 


Kapaa, Kauai

August 2-11, 2024

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Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Learn our methods of building a dome home that is fire and rot resistant, insulative, sustainable, strong and durable against the forces of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.

  • Work in a friendly and respectful team setting to co-create under the guidance of our instructors

  • Build archway form and window frame

  • Mix Aircrete with Domegaia's unique tools - Aircrete is an amazing, material that you can make yourself at home - almost as easily as making pancake batter!

  • Stack bricks with our mortar recipe to construct a dome using a compass arm

  • Apply reinforcement fabric-mesh with stucco

  • "Classroom" exercises and discussions

  • Topics: Foundation pouring, compass arm assembly, window installation, door and door jam construction & installation

  • We will offer an inspirational and informative slideshow presentation and dedicated Q&A time!

*Please Note: During this 10-day (hands-on) workshop, we will build a basic dome structure. Instruction includes the fundamentals of pouring, stacking and structural reinforcement of the dome but does not include plumbing, electrical or finishing installations. 

We will do our best as a team to complete the Aircrete dome during the workshop; however, we do not guarantee completion. Unexpected obstacles such as adverse weather conditions, for example, may affect our progress and prevent the dome’s full completion. ​

*Rain or shine!!

Bonus Material

  • Architectural Drawings of Steve Areen's Thailand Dome Home (a 16-page digital download) as well as additional pdf resources and material.

  • A 20% discount on Tools and Equipment valid for 3 months after the conclusion of the workshop.​

  • A 50% discount on future workshops.​

Workshop Schedules


August 1st: Check-in (for those staying on-site)

August 2nd - 11th: Workshop Instruction

9am: Opening Circle

9am - 1pm: Workshop

1pm - 2pm: Lunch break

2pm - 6pm*: Workshop

August 12th: Departure 

*Some days may run later than 6pm depending on work flow

Lodging Options

Immerse yourself in community and nature! This exclusive event is set in the lush landscape of the Keapana Valley, offering an array of accommodations, both shared and private, for those interested in staying on site. 

  • Private Hale

  • Geodomes (private and shared options)

  • Tent/Car Camping

  • 8 room Safari Tent (Private room in shared dorm)

*If anyone would want to stay longer than the 10 days to enjoy the island, the hosts are offering 25% of the daily rate. 

**Work trade options at Wai and Aina Farm are available to reduce cost of your stay during the workshop - Please contact Jody and Yahali at wai.and.aina@gmail.com to inquire further.

Meal Plan Options

Jody and Yahali will be offering a hearty and fresh meal plan, providing many vegetables from their own garden. Vegetarian and vegan options available upon request.

  • Full Meal Plan (3 meals a day) - $895.00

  • Breakfasts Only - $265.00

  • Lunches Only - $315.00

  • Dinners Only - $420.00

You do not have to stay on-site to take advantage of this meal plan, any and all are welcome! 

Transportation Options 

Flight Instructions:

You would most likely need to fly to Honolulu airport in Oahu (nearest Hawaiian island) then to Lihue Airport which is 30min flight OR or take a nonstop flight from the mainland, direct to Lihue (i.e. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix). Wai and Aina farm is 20-30 mins from the Lihue airport.

From the Airport to the Farm:

Uber can be used during the day and is about $40 to & from the airport. Be mindful Uber is very limited at night when booking your flight. 

If needed, our hosts are offering shuttle rides for $80 (which must be booked in advance). This ride can be shared with multiple people for the same price. Any waiting at the airport longer than 15 minutes of expected arrival will be charged at $25/hr.  

About our hosts: Jody and Yahali of Wai & Aina

Welcome to Wai & Aina, a 20 acre developing sustainable farm nestled in Keapana Valley in Kauai. We – Jody and Yahali embarked on this project in summer 2023. Together, we planted the seeds of our farm, united by a vision and fusion of our skills in engineering and construction, to cultivate more than crops; we aspired to develop a community and craft a haven where sustainability intertwines with education, agriculture and technology. When we first arrived it was head high grass literally everywhere. We have been hard at work building infrastructure, bringing in mini farm animals, creating enclosures, planting a food forest and veggie gardens, to the point where we have been curating and sharing unique and rustic experiences on our farm. 

More about us: Jody and Yahali met in Kauai in 2020. Their connection rooted spiritually through dance and deepened through passion for water sports, including surfing, kitesurfing, diving, and spearfishing. They found a profound mutual life goal to utilize their engineering and construction skills to build Wai & Aina. Jody’s innate passion to make a positive impact with her head, heart and hands stems from her high school years focused in technical arts with a public purpose. She then graduated from MIT with a bachelors in mechanical engineering, minor in materials science, and masters in manufacturing. She founded W8X in 2018, a robotic strength training device startup and moved to work as a product engineer on the Apple Watch. For the past two years her engineering efforts focused on increasing sustainability, evaluating recycled and renewable materials, and reducing carbon footprint. Yahali’s deep rooted connections in Kauai developed from 4 years working for ag-based businesses, starting a coconut trimming business- which he sold in 2016- and then founding Garden Island Handyman as well as Garden Island Contractors with his brother Ayal. He is now a licensed general contractor with 8 years of experience in construction and high interest to promote Aircrete construction in Kauai. His steadfast efforts at Wai & Aina are dedicated to spreading an organic and sustainable lifestyle throughout Kauai and the broader community. 

Location Details:  Keapana Valley in Kapaa, Kauai

Amidst lush landscapes, Keapana Valley in Kapaa embodies the quintessential Kauai countryside, while maintaining convenient proximity to all attractions and amenities. Keapana beckons with enchanting beauty, surrounded by farm life boasting breathtaking vistas of verdant hills and valleys. The weather, characterized by tropical warmth and occasional showers, adds to the allure with frequent rainbows, creating a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. 

At our farm, you'll find amiable miniature cows, sheep, chickens, ducks and goats, offering delightful opportunities for social interaction. Steps outside the property is Kapaa river, a 20 minute paddle to Kealia beach, with nice gentle offshore breezes and calmer surf during the summer months for waves often suited for all levels. A sunset paddle back from the beach to the property, passes pasturing cows, exotic birds and a tapestry view of King Kong mountain with emerald hues and rugged cliffs– we think it’s a national treasure! Embraced by minimal light pollution, our surroundings gift enchanting starlit nights under the vast expanse of a clear sky. We are growing a fruit forrest and veggie garden. We hope to incorporate produce where possible to meals. In addition, we aspire to provide a deeper immersion into Hawaiian culture for an evening dinner. Our onsite Imu, the traditional Hawaiian underground oven, promises to deliver authentic culinary experiences, including succulent Kalua pig, hearty ulu (breadfruit), and flavorful uala (sweet potatoes).

Kapaa town is also just minutes drive away from the property. Stroll along the picturesque shores of Kapaa Beach, where the gentle waves invite leisurely swims and sunset picnics. Explore the vibrant streets dotted with boutique shops, art galleries, and local eateries, offering a taste of island life and authentic Hawaiian hospitality. Adventure awaits, with nearby popular Sleeping Giant Trail and Ho'opi'i Falls. Getting outside East side to visit other epic attractions and beaches in the north and south side of the island is also easy– ~30mins away. 

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Cancellation Policy

  • Those cancelling more than 4 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a full tuition refund, minus a 7% processing and administration fee.
  • Those cancelling 2 - 4 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a half tuition refund, minus a 7% processing and administration fee.
  • No refunds for cancellation requests made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop
  • If the workshop has to be cancelled for any reason, you will receive an immediate full refund.

Contact Us

 If you have questions about the workshop, please contact us!

We look forward to building with you!