Students Stunned by Extent of Damage to School

UH Lab School student Nicole Bareng
UH Lab School student Nicole Bareng

MANOA (KHNL) - Now it's a pile of charred remains, but for students at the UH Lab School, it was a place to learn and grow.

"It was unbelievable, all our instruments were in there," said student Lauren Toribio.

"Orchestra's one of my favorite periods," she said. "The building's gone now."

"We used to hang out here everyday just like at the trainers and the athletic office," said student Nicole Bareng.

Students gathered near the school Wednesday morning, intent on asking passing drivers for donations.

"We were going to set up a fish net drive, donation drive along university avenue," said Chanel Casamina, who just finished her sophomore year.

But the fundraiser was so hastily planned the students say school officials asked them to postpone it.

"Yeah, it was kind of unorganized, but we didn't want to just sit back and do nothing at the moment," Casamina said. "We needed to help and rally up support and spirit."

The planned fundraiser didn't quite work out. But students who attend this school say they still want to do what they can.

"When tragedy happens, good things will come," Casamina said. "Eventually."