Education programs join

  • Photo courtesy Homeschool Now

    Homeschool Now’s Christina Zimmerman works with student Mazzy Smith, who will be advancing to third grade.

KILAUEA — Kilauea’s Puu Kumu School is closing, and its teachers and students plan to combine classes with the nonprofit education program Homeschool Now.

Puu Kumu, which has 80 students, announced in April it was planning to close for the 2018-19 school year. The bulk of school funding ended when founder Bill Porter passed away in 2015.

To keep the school running, students took part in schoolwide fundraisers. Although not enough funds were raised in the end, 100 percent of its seventh-grade class participated to earn a ziplining trip to Princeville Ranch.

“Although the seventh- graders worked their hearts out and raised money, they really couldn’t get much in the way of other donations,” said Puu Kumu board member Jack Sculley.

Some Puu Kumu educators are joining Hawaii Technology Academy, while two instructors will join Homeschool Now, which offers kindergarten through eighth- grade. Most classes will be held at Anaina Hou Community Park’s two new facilities under the management of Christina Zimmerman, owner of Homeschool Now.

For the school year in August, 130 families are enrolled in Homeschool Now.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” Sculley said. “I’ve got an incoming seventh- and eighth-grader, so it’s gotta work. Otherwise they’re going to have a long drive.”

  1. Charlie Chimknee June 4, 2018 4:31 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Seems about time that the media should have figured out that the Big Island would best be called the Big Island when it comes to the Volcanic Activity, instead of calling it (rightly so, but damaging our state’s tourism economy) Hawaii, which people around the world associate with the whole state (being smothered in lava).

    Can’t our government officials promote the distinction between one unfortunate island’s fairly remote lava flows, from the rest of the state of Hawaii basking in the sun and welcoming visitors to our islands while they participate in our statewide economy?



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