King Kamehameha

Temporary elementary campus will replace school destroyed by fire on Maui

Sept. 28, 2023
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the funds to erect a temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School

King Kamehameha III Elementary School on the island of Maui in Hawaii is planning to move to a new temporary campus just down the road from the Kapalua Airport.

The Maui News reports that the $5.36 million project will be a temporary replacement for the elementary school that burned in Lahaina town last month, displacing more than 600 students.

The cost will be fronted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and construction and site work will be handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state officials say.

“It is time to get our students back in school, to provide our students and families a return to a sense of at least interim normalcy,” Gov. Josh Green said.

Officials could not provide an exact date for when students could start on the temporary campus. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office estimates that the project will take 95 days.”

The facilities will recreate the square footage, capacity and common spaces of the King Kamehameha III Elementary campus, with classrooms, a cafeteria, administration building and a basketball court among the plans.

As King Kamehameha III Elementary students await their new temporary site, they will be sharing the campus at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary, 

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