Hawaii Ahalanui Park & Charter School Overtaken by Lava

Hawaii Ahalanui Park & Charter School Overtaken by Lava

A SCHOOL near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been destroyed by lava – with warnings in place to residents to avoid the area, as the ongoing eruption shows no signs of abating.

The community has anxiously watched and waited as lava from fissure 8 inched toward the ocean — and closed in on the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School.

There was uncertainty over the path of the lava flow and hopes that Madame Pele would spare the school.

But an overflight on Thursday morning confirmed that both Ahalanui Beach Park and Kua O Ka La School have been covered by lava from a break-out of the fissure eight lava channel northeast from the vent toward Kapoho.

Hawaii Ahalanui Park & Charter School Overtaken by Lava

School leaders are vowing that classes will resume, just at new locations.

School administrators have been working to secure the new locations.

Osbourne says middle and high school students will be taught at the Hilo Boys and Girls Club. Elementary classes will reportedly be held at a facility at Nani Mau Botanical Garden.

Instead of focusing on lesson plans, the head of a Puna charter school is wondering what the future holds as lava closes in on the Kua O Ka La campus.

“Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”

A gofundme page was set up on July 8, with an accompanying statement saying: “Due to lava flow of the Kilauea Eruption, our kula (school) is now inaccessible.
https://www.gofundme.com/relocate-school-displaced-by-lava

“We are needing to relocate to a site in Hilo.

“We have identified a location, but the facility needs a lot of work.

“We have four weeks to prepare the facility for the upcoming school year for our kindergarten through 6th students.

“We are looking for assistance to purchase materials and labor to get this critical renovation completed.”

Breakouts are occurring from the main channel in Leilani Estates. The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that two homes on Luana St. have been destroyed by the breakout, and one home on Nohea St. is threatened.

Hawaii Ahalanui Park & Charter School Overtaken by Lava
Hawaii Ahalanui Park & Charter School Overtaken by Lava

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