Stories by Nanea Kalani
August 20, 2017 | 84° | Check Traffic

Latest from Nanea Kalani


Contact Nanea Kalani via


Letter spurs Fukumoto to urge GOP to change

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm
State Rep. Beth Fukumoto says she’s hoping to turn a personal attack she recently received through a profanity-laced letter from a self-­proclaimed supporter of President Donald Trump into a teachable moment. Read More

DOE to restore school bus service for Lahainaluna High

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:39 pm
The Department of Education on Monday will restore school bus service for approximately 100 Lahaina­luna High School students, following a two-week suspension of multiple routes on Maui amid a driver shortage. Read More

New $1.8M state scholarship will help 996 attend college

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 12:12 am
Close to 1,000 students enrolled at the University of Hawaii’s community colleges stand to benefit from a new state-funded scholarship designed to eliminate cost as a barrier to higher education. Read More

Hawaii delegates slam Trump for flip-flop on violence

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation were among a growing number of elected officials distancing themselves Tuesday from President Donald Trump following the president’s remarks that again blamed “both sides” for the deadly violence over the weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Read More

Donations to benefit UH rise 17.5% to $77.6 million

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 12:28 am
The University of Hawaii Foundation, the fundraising arm of the UH system, attracted more than $77.6 million in donations for the year that ended June 30, officials announced Thursday. Read More

Company slowly hiring more Maui school bus drivers

Updated on  August 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Ground Transport Inc., the state’s new school bus contractor on Maui, says it’s slowly making progress in hiring bus drivers on the island, but hundreds of Maui students still will need to find alternative rides to school for at least a few more weeks. Read More

Modified bus schedules announced for Maui High and Maui Waena

Updated on  August 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm
The Department of Education continues to modify Maui school bus routes as its new bus vendor works to recruit more drivers during what the DOE is calling a crisis driver shortage. Read More

New DOE program produces 37 finishers

Updated on  August 7, 2017 at 12:19 am
Nearly 40 Hawaii public school graduates have received the state’s first round of awards signifying they have mastered two languages. Read More

UH razing Henke Hall to build new science facility

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm
Construction crews began tearing down one of the oldest buildings on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus Friday to make way for a new science building. Read More

Driver shortage halts Maui school bus routes

Updated on  August 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm
As a new school bus vendor on Maui struggles to find credentialed drivers before the school year begins Monday, the Department of Education says it will halt bus routes for nearly 400 students and issue bus passes for use on the island’s public transportation. Read More

New schools superintendent to start job with BOE meeting

Updated on  July 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Christina Kishimoto begins her new job leading Hawaii public schools today, ahead of Monday’s start of the 2017-18 school year. Read More

State hearings officer urges approval of telescope construction

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 12:33 am
A former Hilo judge is recommending the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project be granted a key state permit for work atop Mauna Kea, ending a lengthy contested case hearing that challenged the $1.4 billion project’s conservation district use permit. Read More

UH president aims to reverse enrollment decline

Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm
After five straight years of sliding enrollment at the University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus, university President David Lassner has set an ambitious goal to hold enrollment flat for the upcoming fall and boost it back up to 20,000 students by 2020. Read More

Foreign students’ numbers and spending in Hawaii decline

Hawaii saw double-digit drops in the number of international students studying in the islands and the amount these students spent in the economy, according to a new report by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Read More

DOE misconduct investigations result in 6 leaving

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm
The state Department of Education closed out 11 employee misconduct investigations during the past three months, resulting in five terminations and one resignation in lieu of termination, according to data shared Tuesday with the state school board. Read More

Program aims to produce more qualified teachers

To help address the state’s perennial shortage of qualified public school teachers, the Department of Education is launching a pilot program aimed at encouraging educators already in classrooms, such as educational assistants, to become licensed teachers with a stipend incentive. Read More
Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Kaimuki charter school finds site to share

Updated on  July 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm
A sustainability-­focused Honolulu charter school was facing the bleak prospect of shutting down over the summer as school officials scrambled to find a new campus to accommodate its nearly 200 middle schoolers after its Kaimuki lease ended. Read More

1 of 3 charter schools OK’d

A proposed charter school to serve Ewa Beach families got the green light Thursday from the state Public Charter School Commission, but two other Oahu schools were rejected. Read More
Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm

UH promoting Hilo chancellor to system vice president role

Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm
The University of Hawaii said today it plans to appoint UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney to a system vice president role, and will launch a national search for the Hawaii island position in the fall. Read More

College-prep program garners applause

Updated on  July 9, 2017 at 10:30 pm
A year-round career guidance and college-preparatory program that Kamehameha Schools runs for high school students outside of its three campuses is being recognized today with a national counseling award. Read More