Four Lahaina Schools on Maui Closed on Monday, Aug. 27
Four public schools in Lahaina in West Maui will be closed to students on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 as the community deals with the aftermath of large brush fires that burned thousands of acres of land and destroyed at least 21 structures.
Campuses that will be closed on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 include:
● Lahainaluna High
● Lahaina Intermediate
● King Kamehameha III Elementary
● Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary
Teachers and staff will report to the campuses, and the schools will reopen for students on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The fires displaced more than a dozen families, resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated, and forced the closure of the main Honoapiʻilani Highway into and out of West Maui for an extended period on Friday.
“We have provided an additional day for teachers and staff at those schools to prepare to welcome back students, due to West Maui brush fires. I want to thank the fire department and all emergency responders for their partnership with us to protect our school assets during this challenging situation,” added Kishimoto.
All other Hawaiʻi State Department of Education public schools and offices statewide will resume normal operations on Monday, Aug. 27.
The Department continues to work with county, state and federal emergency management agencies to assess campuses and offices for impacts from the storm. After-school programming and activities including interscholastic athletics will also resume on Monday.
“Department staff and their families have shown a tremendous amount of resiliency as they work diligently through the weekend to prepare our schools and offices to open tomorrow,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto. “Mahalo to our school communities for their patience and support. I urge them to remain vigilant and prepared through the rest of hurricane season.”
In response to the size and proximity of Hurricane Lane, HIDOE school and office closures were announced for Hawaiʻi and Maui counties on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and statewide Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24.