Sorry about another letter so soon, but I am hearing a lot of frustration from folks who have kids that are supposed to be going to school at Keonepoko or Pahoa. As the man in charge of all things related to Act 111, you have got to know by know that our little kids are still crammed into some little pods in the parking lot at Keaau High School and other schools since being evacuated last year . Did you know they make them line up and go to the bathroom all at one time? How can that be conducive to learning? Do you know where all the precious little kids get to eat lunch and try to play recess? They share the same space as the high-schoolers do. I’ve heard that armed police hang out there to keep the peace since teen rivals now attend same school. Would you let your young impressionable kids be treated like this? Even your older children? Could you please use your supreme powers invested by Act 111 to insist the Department Of Education to do a bit better job, like let them go back to their own schools since the lava is pau for now, the lava drill is over. I can guarantee it wouldn’t be done this way in Hilo or Kona. Our lower Puna children deserve better.
P.O. Box 2011
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778