KAKAAKO, Hawaii - It’s a school like no other in Hawaii: up to ten stories high with possibly up to 1000 students.

That would make it the largest elementary school in the Honolulu district.

"If we can have more quality classroom, a smaller footprint with a quality learning environment, but not taking much space, that would be a very positive thing," said School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. 

The school will displace the current Fisher office supply store which has a short-term lease.

But you might be wondering how traffic will flow in a small space that will be adjacent to the city's rail project.

Right now, Coral Street ends at Pohukaina, but the plan calls for extending it through, all the way down to the end of the block at Halekauwila.

The grassy area near Mother Waldron Park is where families would likely pick up and drop off their children.

The DOE still has to work out the details with the city on being able to close off the roadway while class is in session.

Education officials unveiled the new vertical design as part of a larger development.

Remember 690 Pohukaina?

It was an idea for the Hawaii’s tallest high rise exceeding 600 feet.

Community push back killed that plan.

In this latest transformation efforts to include a school within a high rise tower are also scrapped.

So instead the school will rise next two to high rise rental towers. one with market rents and the second with lower income rentals.

But now, the school will drive the project.

"We would like to have some form of construction something happening in 2018. It might be initial grading but we'd like to get moving on this I have been working six years on this, so we are anxious to get going," said Ala Ka’i Development’s Jon Wallenstrom.

 The DOE expects the new school to cost upwards of $40 million and it will be the first of many for the urban core.

"We predicted six new elementary schools, one and a half middle schools, and one and a half high schools again between Kalihi and Ala Moana," said DOE Facilities Director Dann Carlson.

He said the state's projecting to add more than 39,000 new housing units in the Kakaako area, and that will spur the future needs for schools.

But already the area's elementary schools are maxing out and for some families, Pohukaina can't open soon enough.