Hanalei Elementary reopens as flood-damaged Kauai dries out

Published: Apr. 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 23, 2018 at 8:33 AM HST
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HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - After torrential rainfall on Kauai forced officials to close Hanalei Elementary School last week, the campus reopened on Monday morning.

Parts of the school were flooded last weekend when heavy rains drenched Hanalei.

School officials said flooded portables have been cleaned by many volunteers.

"We thank Principal Taharaa Stein, teachers and staff, parents, business, community supporters, HIDOE and other agencies for their efforts in working together in helping the school reopen," said Bill Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area Superintendent.

The school remained closed all week. On Sunday, the school was used as a shelter for flood victims.

When students return to campus, some ground areas that are still wet will be closed off to students.

The DOE says school bus service will resume operation for students residing in Hanalei for those who attend Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High schools. Service for students living in Waikomo, Wainiha and Haena remain temporarily suspended and will resume when Kuhio Highway reopens.

This story will be updated.

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