Molokai High dedicates new science building to accelerate STEM learning.
The new facility at the island's only high school will provide state-of-the-art teaching tools for Molokai's 9th through 12th graders and includes two science labs for Physics, Biology and Chemistry classes and a teacher prep room.
Farrington High celebrates the opening of the Edward ‘Skippa’ Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School celebrated the highly anticipated dedication ceremony of its Edward 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field in front of a crowd of more than 2,400 students, community members and dignitaries. The $19.5 million stadium includes a new locker room, laundry and equipment rooms and athletic training room.
"IT REALLY ADDS TO THE FIRE OF OUR SCHOOL PRIDE, AND I WANT FUTURE STUDENTS TO TAKE CARE OF IT. IT'S A GEM FOR OUR CAMPUS." — STUDENT ELLA MAE DOMONDOM
Front row, from left: Nelson Shigeta, Laura Vines, Darlene Javar. Back row, from left: Gay Kong, Kim Mukai-Ontai, Alison Higa, Jason Yoshida, Greg Nakasone.
New building dedicated at Ewa Elementary
The one-story building provides three kindergarten classrooms, three first grade classrooms and one special education classroom, along with a technology lab, a faculty center and a conference room.
Free meal program expanded to 52 schools
HIDOE expanded a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements. View map.
New partnership with Tahiti schools
After implementing nearly four years of lessons connected to the Worldwide Voyage of Hōkūleʻa, HIDOE established a partnership with Tahiti schools. The agreement was established during a meeting that coincided with Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia's arrival in Tahiti.
Students in transition find pathways to success at Radford High
Radford High School students take and pass Advanced Placement exams, graduate high school and enroll in college at higher rates than the state. A strong team dynamic among staff and outreach with families are catapulting students to new heights. “The students themselves are promoting and compete in a college-going atmosphere on campus,” said Principal James Sunday.
Hawai‘i DOE receives national innovation award
Waianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needs
Design unveiled for Hawai'i's first vertical school
The Hawai‘i DOE and Alaka‘i Development unveiled the design for the state’s first vertical school at 690 Pohukaina Street. The elementary school will be part of a mixed-income, mixed-use development that also features rental residences and retail.
The site will face Mother Waldron Park and is being designed by WRNS Studio in collaboration with Ben Woo Architects. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with the school and one of two residential towers being built in the first phase. The school is expected to serve up to 750 elementary students.
In partnership with Hawaii 3Rs and the Military Affairs Council, the Hawai‘i DOE announced an effort to develop high-quality transition centers for Hawai‘i public schools. The effort is in honor of late Congressman K. Mark Takai, who was a staunch advocate for Hawaii's students and supporter of military-dependent students throughout his career. School Transition Centers provide a safe and stable foundation for all students, particularly newly arrived military-dependent students, offering peer-to-peer mentoring to help students acclimate into their school community.
Department makes progress with energy efficient strategies for cooling schools
Department addresses growing technology demands through IT initiative
After seven years of progress towards upgrading its technology infrastructure, the Hawaiʻi DOE opened its second data center at Hoʻokele Elementary School — an important milestone in its Converged Infrastructure initiative, which is focused on consolidating information technology equipment and services in order to streamline management and support statewide.
"During the planning process we put a lot of effort into the design of these centers. We incorporated energy efficient strategies and leveraged software that will provide additional flexibility for our systems that will allow us to adjust based on varying demand through the year."
Leeward high schoolers use the summer to earn college credits
Students from Wai'anae High and Nanakuli High & Intermediate took classes at the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu as part of a new, intensive six-week program — the Early College Summer Scholars Program — earning college and high school credits along the way.
Solomon Elementary breaks ground for campus-wide renovations fueled by federal grant
1SG Samuel K. Solomon Elementary broke ground on a major renovation project to construct four new classroom buildings, a new playfield and new parking areas that will transform the existing campus and provide modern facilities designed to serve 1,100 students. The four-year project will proceed in four construction phases.
- Phase I will demolish the existing open playfield and play courts near Trimble Road in preparation for building construction.
- Phase II will construct three new classroom buildings, A, B and C, on the former playfield site with completion anticipated in Summer 2019. During that summer, school operations will begin using the new buildings in anticipation of the Fall 2019 semester.
- Phase III will then relocate existing portable structures and construct new drop-off lanes and parking on the east and west sides of campus.
- Phase IV will construct the final classroom Building D, demolish the present-day school buildings and construct a new playfield and play courts with completion anticipated in Summer 2021.
The Maunakea Scholars program, designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s high school students into one of the world’s most advanced observatory communities, has dramatically expanded for the 2017–2018 school year to serve more local kids. This comes after a formal, collaborative agreement between the Hawaii DOE, the University of Hawai‘i's Institute for Astronomy, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope to develop more opportunities for local high school students to use Maunakea Observatories for their innovative research projects.
Ewa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year
"Vanessa has made a tremendous impact on the culture at Ewa Makai Middle as coordinator of Student Activities and Green Initiatives, teaching students to reduce their carbon footprints and that of the entire school."
— Superintendent Christina Kishimoto
"Developing a culture of environmentally conscious students, community members and parents, Vanessa worked to designate Ewa Makai Middle as a plastic-free school and won a refillable water station in a national contest with a powerful PSA."
— Ewa Makai Middle Principal Kim Sanders
In addition to Ching, Hawaii's District Teachers of the Year honored are:
- Amanda Fretto, Kauai District, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
- Francine Hughes, Maui District, Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area
- Gregg Iha, Central District, Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area
- Erika Kaneo, Hawaii District, Waiakeawaena Elementary School
- Del Onaga, Windward District, Olomana School
- Cristin Priolo, Public Charter Schools, School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS)
- Naomi Salaveria, Honolulu District, Liholiho Elementary School