Schofield Barracks school renamed to honor late Senator Inouye
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary, formerly known as Hale Kula Elementary celebrated it's new namesake and welcomed some innovative campus improvements.
HONOLULU - Daniel K. Inouye Elementary, formerly known as Hale Kula Elementary celebrated it's new namesake and welcomed some innovative campus improvements.
Since 1959, Hale Kula Elementary has been teaching Army children inside Schofield Barracks. Schofield housed the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat team, the unit that Senator Daniel Inouye served in during World War II. Today, the student body consists of 99-percent military dependents.
Senator Mazie Hirono was there for the dedication ceremony. "I think this school is very representative of the commitment that Senator Inouye had. Particularly, combining support for our military dependents children, and this school being on a military facility, and his support for education and how foundational education is."
As chair of the senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Inouye played a big part in getting the funding to repair schools for military children.
The school recently received 26-point-6 million-dollars from the U.S. Department of Defense and 6-point-6 million-dollars from the Hawaii State Department of Education to upgrade and add new buildings to the school. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi says "This is a partnership between the department of defense which funded I think about 80% of the cost of the new construction and we as a state had to match that." The building designs were done with the natural environment in mind "They are positioned so that we can capture the natural tradewinds. The play court for example, the covered play court has huge fans and the sides are open with screens so that its breezy and much cooler inside. It's energy efficient and thoughtful design."
The second quarter begins tomorrow at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School.