Alakai opens

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The front of the Katherine Lui Hall is seen, where grades kindergarten through five are housed, at the Alakai O Kauai charter school at Kahili Mountain Park near Omao.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Alakai O Kauai fifth-grade teacher Amy Letherer gives instruction on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project using 10 sheets of paper and a supply of masking tape to create a structure capable of balancing a stack of books Thursday during the second day of class at the new charter school located at Kahili Mountain Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The combined first- and second-grade class of the Alakai O Kauai charter school enjoy the play equipment Thursday. Denise Trentham, the school’s director, said more equipment will be arriving to join the existing inventory from a middle school that no longer needs play equipment for elementary school students.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Alakai O Kauai fifth-grade students react to the balancing of books atop a paper sculpture during a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class project Thursday at the new charter school that opened Wednesday at the Kahili Mountain Park site.

“This is a good school,” said Nanea Abreu, a fifth-grade student. “There’s no homework!”

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