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Hawaii DOE to explore redevelopment sites

The Department of Education got approval to explore the possibility of redeveloping three school properties, but the Board of Education will not officially select any sites until getting input from the public. Read More

Schools superintendent gets 1-year contract extension

The School Board voted publicly Thursday to extend Superintendent Christina Kishimoto’s contract by another year, to July 2021, after being criticized for having done so behind closed doors last month. Read More

Board of Education to vote on redeveloping public land

The Department of Education is recommending three pieces of property, including the former Queen Liliuokalani School in Kaimuki, for possible redevelopment to generate money for public education. Read More

More Native Hawaiians are launching careers in science at Chaminade University

The number of Native Hawaiian students at Chaminade University has shot up 40 percent since 2015, and many more of them are choosing careers in the sciences under a partnership with Kamehameha Schools. Read More

Repair and maintenance bill pegged at $868M for Hawaii public schools

The backlog of repair and maintenance projects at Hawaii’s public schools is an estimated $868 million, roughly three times worse than what legislators were told in January. Read More

Learning center to open in Nanakuli

Kamehameha Schools plans to build a community learning center in Nanakuli next year, with educational programs focused on teens and young adults. Read More

Hawaii’s newest charter school to open in Ewa Beach

DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach has found a site to launch Hawaii’s newest public charter school and will open applications for its first class of sixth-graders on Jan. 2. Read More

New Honolulu clinic offers help for youth with psychosis

Teens and young adults with hallucinations, delusions or other symptoms of psychosis can get free help at OnTrack Hawaii, a new clinic near Ala Moana Center that offers a one-stop shop. Read More
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Niu Valley teacher lands $100,000 grant for musical Olympics

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Niu Valley Middle School teacher Zachary Morita hopes to inspire students statewide by creating a musical Olympics with the $100,000 grant he won through the Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Read More
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Niu Valley Middle School music teacher wins $100K prize

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Music teacher Zachary Morita was named today as the winner of a $100,000 grant to create a Niu Valley Music Olympic Invitational, thanks to a surge of online votes in the national Dream Big Teacher Challenge competition. Read More

Mid-Pacific students use high tech to preserve Hawaii’s heritage

Students at Mid-Pacific Institute are using high-tech tools to preserve Hawaii’s heritage, working with partners such as the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace and Pacific Aviation Museum. Read More
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Lawsuit for Hawaii female high school athletes continues Mink’s fight

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Civil rights attorneys announced Thursday they had filed a lawsuit seeking to end discrimination against female athletes in Hawaii’s public schools. Read More

UH Hilo to offer career path for airline pilots and drone operators

A new bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences at the University of Hawaii at Hilo could start training students to become commercial pilots or operators of unmanned aircraft as soon as next year. Read More

Native Hawaiian graduation rate triples at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Native Hawaiian and Filipino students are graduating on time at record rates from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with Hawaiians tripling their level since 2010, according to the latest data. Read More

Big Isle firefighters rescue opihi pickers in treacherous operation

Firefighters used high-angle rope techniques to get down a 100-foot shoreline cliff in heavy rain and darkness early today to rescue two opihi pickers, one clinging halfway up the cliff in Laupahoehoe on Hawaii island. Read More
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Kailua dentist acquitted of all criminal charges in child’s death

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Former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer sank her head into her arms and wept Friday after a Circuit Court jury found her not guilty on all counts in the death of her patient, 3-year-old Finley Boyle. Read More

Hearings on school vaccine rules set for neighbor islands

The Department of Health will hold hearings in December on the neighbor islands to seek public input on proposed changes to immunization requirements for school attendance. Read More

Closing arguments set in manslaughter case against Kailua dentist

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in the Circuit Court trial of Lilly Geyer, the former Kailua dentist who is charged with recklessly causing the death of her patient 3-year-old Finley Boyle. Read More

Waipahu High is first in nation with Phi Theta Kappa chapter

In another move to raise its students’ sights, Waipahu High has become the first high school in the nation to charter a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. Read More

Teachers Amy Perruso, Val Okimoto head from classroom to state House

Two of the three Hawaii teachers who jumped into politics this year are headed from the classroom to the state House. Read More

Teachers Amy Perruso, Val Okimoto head from classroom to the state House

Nationally, a record number of educators nationwide decided to run for office this election, according to the National Education Association, after a wave of teacher protests over funding for public schools. Read More

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