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                                Teachers, above, held hands Monday and sang a Lahaina mele, or song, at the blessing ceremony of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Pule­lehua, Maui, below.
Temporary school called ‘small miracle’ after Lahaina fire

Glancing at the new temporary school on a grassy slope in Pulelehua, Maui, casual onlookers might perceive a simple cluster of boxy modular buildings hurriedly erected in just over three months, but Gov. Josh Green calls the school’s rapid construction “a small miracle” in the wake of a disaster, and he and others also see the beginnings of healing and hope. Read more

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                                UH Manoa students, faculty and staff work in a loi at the campus.
UH moves toward an ‘indigenous-serving’ institution model

A year and four months after the University of Hawaii Board of Regents approved a strategic plan that in part calls for UH to “fulfill kuleana to Native Hawaiians and Hawaii,” officials are preparing to select an administrator to implement that “imperative” across the 10-campus system, and meanwhile launching a two-year cultural initiative on the flagship Manoa campus. Read more

                                Lahainaluna High School on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Fire alarm systems out of commission at 15 Hawaii schools

A new inventory of fire alarms at all 258 of Hawaii’s regular public schools plus six public charter schools has found 15 schools’ fire alarm systems to be inoperable, and replacements for most will take three to 10 months, according to state Department of Education officials. Read more

                                Hawaii DOE superintendent Keith Hayashi speaks at Pauoa Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, in Honolulu.
Hawaii schools superintendent salary cap bill advances

A proposal to remove the $250,000 salary cap for the state superintendent of Hawaii’s public schools and allow the amount to be set by the state Board of Education passed out of a divided state House Education Committee on Monday, despite opposition via dozens of pieces of testimony and “no” votes by two former teachers on the committee. Read more

                                McKinley High School students leave campus after school on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Honolulu.
Hawaii students’ learning loss from COVID may cut wages 3.7% lifetime

The learning loss that Hawaii students suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lower their lifetime earnings by an average of 3.7%, spurring a 1.2% loss in Hawaii’s gross domestic product, or $31.3 billion in present value, according to a new report by the Hoover Institution of Stanford University released Thursday. Read more

                                <strong>“It is my belief that one of the motivations for going to such lengths and not confirm me is because I make it much harder to control the university.”</strong>
                                <strong>Alapaki Nahale-a</strong>
                                <em>Board of Regents chair </em>
Support for Nahale-a as UH regent swells before vote

Following a flurry of eleventh-­hour meetings and negotiations Monday at the state Capitol, state senators are set to vote today on whether to confirm embattled University of Hawaii Board of Regents Chair Alapaki Nahale-a for a second term as a regent. Read more

                                <strong>“There’s no good, easy option for this, and we’re hoping that it will not be necessary. We hope it’s just an exercise.”</strong>
                                <strong>Brian Hallett</strong>
                                <em>Assistant superintendent and chief financial officer, state Department of Education Office of Fiscal Services</em>
Hawaii Education Department braces for severe budget cuts

State education officials say that between a new round of possible state budget cuts on top of a looming “federal fiscal cliff,” they are are bracing for a triple punch to the funding of Hawaii’s public school system. Read more

                                children’s books.
Kaneohe public library closing temporarily

The Kaneohe Public Library will close temporarily for a construction project beginning Monday, but a pop-up site at Windward Mall will offer limited library services starting March 17, state officials have announced. Read more

                                On the UH campus, students walk through the Art Building while others study.
Complaint alleges antisemitic rhetoric on UH Manoa campus

A group of Jewish students at the University of Hawaii have filed a Title VI complaint with the federal government claiming that words and acts of antisemitism have made the university’s Manoa campus an “unsafe and hostile environment” for them. Read more

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