Kīhei Charter School Opens in Permanent Location
After 18-years, Kīhei Charter School has finally found a permanent home at the top of Līpoa Parkway in Kīhei within the Maui Research and Technology Park.
The school’s official opening was announced by South Maui Learning Ohana CEO Gene Zarro on Monday, Oct. 22, 2108. South Maui Learning Ohana is the founding organization for Kīhei Charter School.
Kīhei Charter School does not charge tuition and its educational programs are free to the community.
On Monday afternoon, parents and children streamed into the new school to begin their orientation to the campus and to find their new classrooms.
On Tuesday, classes begin for kindergarden to 5th grade and high school students. The middle school students will join them on Wednesday—the first day all the Kīhei Charter School students will be in their new building.
“It took us a while but we finally did it!” said Zarro.
It what could have been a scene from the classic film “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” but Maui-style, Zarro stood at the sidewalk entrance to the new school greeting almost every student and parent by name.
“Good hunting,” he called out as students rushed to find their new classrooms.
The school will initially have an enrollment of 640 students; the school has a current capacity of 700 students. When the last wing of the school is completed in about two months, the school’s capacity will be 750 for K-12 students.
Since its inception in 2001, classes have been held at St. Theresa Church in Kīhei and various other locations.
According to Zarro, the new school cost $18,600,000 to build and was made possible by a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program.
Go to kiheicharter.org for more information, including how to apply.