Alaka‘i O Kaua’i Charter School dream up to space with NASA project

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Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School fourth-grader Omar Maes beams in his school’s sugarcane patch. In May his team’s science project examining how sugarcane grows in a zero-gravity environment will be sent to the International Space Station.

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Fourth-grader Omar Maes examines the root growth on sugarcane growing on the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School campus near ‘Oma‘o.

KOLOA — Three Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School students are preparing for liftoff.