'Iolani School to break ground on new dormitory to expand student base

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 'Iolani school will soon house over 100 students as the school prepares to break ground on new dorms Tuesday.

Crews will hold a traditional ceremony to bless the on-campus site that house a new five-story residential hall. Some 112 high school students will live there during the school year.

School leaders say the dorm will play an integral part in shaping student's world view by learning to interact with others.

"We want 'Iolani students to have global perspectives. We want them to have relationships and lifelong friendships with people from around the world. That's why we're excited about reinstating boarding," Head of School Dr. Timothy Cottrell said.

1959 was the last time 'Iolani offered on-campus housing for students.

In 2009, 'Iolani School bought almost six acres of land adjacent to campus for possible expansion. Residents in buildings on the property weren't happy when they were told it was time to move out.

All residents have since moved and all existing building were demolished.

The new dorms will allow 'Iolani to begin welcoming neighbor island, domestic and international students in the fall of 2018.

The dorms will be built on campus where the current Head of School residence is located.

Honolulu Mayor Caldwell and First Lady Dawn Ige are expected to speak at the ground breaking ceremony.

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