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Charter School Needs Help

Keola Nakanishi Keola Nakanishi

By: Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Kamehameha Schools is giving grants to Hawaiian-focused charter schools. Twelve will receive $4.8 million.

One of the recipients is Halau Ku Mana located in Manoa. While school officials appreciate the money, more help is needed.

"While running a school we need to build a school from scratch in five months," said Keola Nakanishi, principal.

The school is moving for the fourth time in the past five years. It's relocating near the Hawaii Nature Center in Makiki. For the past two years, Halau Ku Mana has been operating, rent-free, in the former Paradise Park building.

"Another $200,000 remains to be able to provide the kitchen, the solar-power and the composting toilets. Millions more remain in terms of long-term and permanent structure," said Nakanishi.

They're looking for donations as well as skilled laborers and people who can help them move. They're also asking people to support their CD fundraising project. Faculty members welcome anything and anyone who will help their 100 students continue to succeed.

"We've seen a drastic reduction in office referrals upon coming to our school and culturally, it's like night and day," said Nakanishi.

The staff homes they'll have a new home, before time runs out.

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