HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's back to school today. Hawaiʻiʻs public school students will be filling the halls and classrooms that have been vacant all summer long. But the students of a Kâneʻohe charter school will not be returning to the school they left earlier this summer. Amy Kalili has more.
No ka 'ohana o Hakipuʻu Learning Center, ua nui ka minamina i ka pono e haʻalele aku i kahi imâlama ʻia ai ko lâkou wahi kula no kçia mau makahiki ʻehiku i hala iho nei.
Families of Hakipuʻu Learning Center bid an emotional farewell to the place they called home for the past 7 years.
For a lot of the students and a lot of the kumu too, it's a home.
Freshman, Hakipuʻu Learning Center
ʻO ko mâkou home nô kçia.
Ua kîpaku ka luna ʻâina, ʻo ia hoʻi ko ka mokuʻâina ʻOihana Mâlama Ola Kino, i ko Hakipuʻu i kçia makahiki ma muli o ka hale makua e hoʻolâlâ ʻia nei ma ia wahi hoʻokahi nô.
The landowner, State Department of Health, evicted the school this year to make way for a nursing facility.
This is a case of two worthwhile causes that are competing for the same resource.
I don't like the feeling that we are pitting kupuna against children.
Dr. Chiyome Fukino
Director, State Department of Health
He minamina ʻoiai kohu paio ia i waena o nâ kûpuna a me nâ keiki ma muli o ka nele.
Ua lilo kçia pôʻaiapili aʻo, e mâlama ʻia ana ma ka Bishop Building ma kahi o ke Kulanui Kaiâulu o Koʻolaupoko, he mea ia ma ʻô loa aku o ke kula wale nô no kâna mau haumâna a kumu pû.
This learning environment, housed in the Bishop Building near Windward Community College, has become more than just a school for many.
It's a place where we can all be a family, even though we have many differences. We can accept each other and it's a safe place for me to grow and learn.
He pôʻaiapili ʻohana kçia a he kûpono no koʻu ulu a hoʻonui ʻike.
ʻO nâ mea a pau, mai nâ puʻu puke me nâ kamepiula a hiki aku i nâ pahuhau a kapuahi, ua pono e hoʻoneʻe pau loa ʻia ma mua o kçia Poʻaono nei. A i ka wâ e paʻa pono ai he honua hou, e hui ana nâ haumâna me nâ kumu ma nâ ʻano wahi like ʻole ma Koʻolaupoko mâ.
Everything, from books and computers, to reefers and stoves had to be out this past Saturday. Until the issue is resolved, students will meet at various sites along the Windward Coast.
It will definitely impact that sense of collegiality that we have across the entire program. But we also have an amazing staff and family and student body that are looking to how do we make it work in a really strong fashion, regardless.
Administrator/Founder, Hakipuʻu Learning Center
He mea ia e hoʻâ'o maoli mai ana i ko mâkou pilina kûpaʻa. Eia naʻe, ʻo ko mâkou ʻano, he ʻimi a paʻu mau. ʻAʻohe ʻokoʻa i keia manawa.
One of our parents yesterday said, "School isn't a building, school is students and teachers learning together."
Teacher, Hakipuʻu Learning Center
ʻAʻole pili ke kula i ka hale wale nô. ʻO ke aʻo nô hoʻi ka mea nui.
E kûkala ʻia aku nô ka nûhou no ka ʻohana ma Hakipuʻu i kçia mau pule e hiki mai ana. ʻO wau no kçia o Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.
We'll keep you updated on the situation in weeks to come.