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Mission keeps educator moving forward after loss of home and campus

  • COURTESY SUSIE OSBORNE

    Susie Osborne’s Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in lower Puna had to be evacuated as lava from Kilauea Volcano approached. Lava later consumed the school.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Susie Osborne, head of Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, shared an egg that she found at the school’s new Hilo campus with second graders Hallow Godsey and Kayleila-Lyn Abiley on April 16. Osborne lost her Leilani Estates home during the Kilauea Volcano eruption and then the Kua O Ka La campus at Pualaa near Kapoho, across from Ahalanui Park on the coast. She was able to secure new school grounds before the fall semester and also saw an increase in enrollment. “We’ve gone from surviving to thriving,” said Osborne.

It has been one year since lava first erupted in Lower Puna, and Susie Osborne is finally able to sleep through the night. Read more

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