Students Learn A Lesson In Compassion

Krysti Sukita
Krysti Sukita

(KHNL) - When Punahou summer school students saw the damage two fires did last month to two other schools, they wanted to help.

"The devastation of Hawaiian Mission Academy and the U.H. Lab School, it really struck us hard because they're our neighbors," said Krysti Sukita, a soon-to-be senior at Punahou School.

Determined, the students poured out their hearts in coins and raised bundles of cash from a bake sale, much to the surprise of their teachers.

"We sat all afternoon just staring at each other and just smiling and feeling so proud of our kids," said Punahou School teacher Carol Chun.

They raised over $1800.

The students gave half of that amount to the U.H. Lab School, and the other half to the Hawaiian Mission Academy.

"It literally brought tears to our eyes," said Teryl Loeffler, Principal of H.M.A. "We just all said 'wow' how incredible it is that the students thought of us in our time of need."

Scott Yamashita of U.H. Lab School said, "It was something that really touched our hearts."

The June fires destroyed an orchestra room at U.H. Lab, and a music auditorium at Hawaiian Mission Academy.

Punahou student Krysti Sukita hopes the money she helped raised will help bring back the sound of music.

"I just hope the music building can be repaired and the children will have their instruments back in time," Sukita said.