State unveils newest public school, Hookele Elementary, in Kapolei

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A new public school in West Oahu is ready for the school year.

On Tuesday, the state Department of Education unveiled its newest elementary school to educational leaders and area lawmakers.

Hookele Elementary School, located across the street from Kapolei High School, is the first school in Hawaii constructed using design-build criteria.

The 78,404-square-foot school campus consists of seven buildings surrounding a central courtyard including a library, cafeteria and a dedicated arts and science building.

The campus features air-conditioned classrooms, learning gardens, flexible learning spaces, a covered play court and a wireless network throughout all buildings. It was designed with input from school level administrators and staff.

The school meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools 2009 standards. In addition, the school includes an onsite bio-retention and native landscaping.

Multiple drop-off entries for parents and school buses as well as expansion areas for increased enrollment if needed have also been incorporated into the plan.

D.R. Horton Hawaii provided the land for the project and the 2013 Legislature appropriated $40 million for the construction of the school.

“The work put into this school began with a very strategic approach to support new learning environments,” said superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This project was done on time and on budget, which could not have been possible without the public-private partnership commitment.”

Groundbreaking took place April 3, 2014 and construction was completed nearly a year later on March 6, 2015.

The school opens its doors to students in grades K-5 on July 29 and will be the state’s 256th active public school campus.

“Hookele” is Hawaiian for navigator and was chosen to reflect the school’s learning environment. Learn more about the school here.

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