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A ceremony was held Wednesday to dedicate the new $4.7 million science building at Molokai High School. Dozens of students, teachers, parents and community members attended the ceremony. State Department of Education photo

Science building opens on Molokai

A $4.7 million new science building was dedicated at Molokai High School on Wednesday.

The 4,500-square-foot facility includes two laboratories for physics, biology and chemistry classes and a teacher preparation room. The building was designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable with natural lighting, cross-ventilation and an attached water catchment system, a news release said.

“Over the years, the faculty and students at Molokai High have set a high bar with its science, technology, engineering and math education,” said state Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “While the school has received many awards for its STEM projects, this new facility allows for even more innovation to occur.”

Principal Stanford Hao said the multipurpose labs will allow for larger experiments, projects and collaborations while maintaining a “high level of safety.”

He thanked government officials and the school for its STEM and science achievements.

The facility, whose construction began in the summer of 2015, meets current standards for science lab classrooms, which include specific requirements such as built-in safety equipment such as eyewash stations and fume hoods; adequate gas, electrical and water outlets and lab worktables and storage cabinets.


Traffic signal work will close lanes

There will be lane closures on both Hana and Haleakala highways this weekend to allow for work on poles, traffic signals and mast arms, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, one lane of traffic in each direction on the four-lane Hana Highway will be closed at the intersection of a cane haul road crossing near Airport Access Road.

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, one lane of traffic heading toward Pukalani on Haleakala Highway will be blocked at the Haliimaile Road intersection.

The work is being done by Wasa Electrical Services, according to a legal notice.


Teachers honored for student growth

Ten Maui public school teachers were recently honored for helping their students improve and grow academically over the past three years. The teachers each received $1,000 for their classrooms.

Teachers were honored for scoring a 61 or higher on their Median Growth Percentile Score. The score comes from the individual student scores from their classes and reflects student growth, a news release said.

The median score is used rather than an average because extremely low or high scores can skew averages. Teachers strive to have a score of 50 or higher.

The teachers honored by state Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi were:

Szhameen Vasquez and Shalayne Yamamoto of Lihikai Elementary; Sharon Kakiuchi of Kula Elementary; Angelina Tsuhako and Taylissa Lehano of Kihei Elementary; Stephanie Young of Pomaikai Elementary; Carolyn Kaya of Waihee Elementary; Brandon Arakawa of Kahului Elementary; Kathryn O’Connor of Lokelani Intermediate; and Eric Iwasaki of Kalama Intermediate.


Petco gifts Humane Society with $100K

The Maui Humane Society was presented with a check from the Petco Foundation for $100,000 to be used to support lifesaving efforts in the community, a news release said.

The check was presented at the Petco store at the Maui Marketplace in Kahului on Jan. 21.

On hand for the presentation were Petco Maui Store Manager Sarah Firestone; Jerry Cobble, Petco Hawaii District Leader; Jerleen Bryant, Maui Humane Society CEO; Dr. Lisa Labrecque, director of Community Spay Neuter Programs; Dr. Miyo Kim, director of Veterinary Services; and Nancy Willis, director of Development and Community Outreach.


Summer Fun Guide seeks submissions

The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9.

To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information:

* Name of program and for what ages.

* Sponsoring organization or business.

* Program times and dates.

* Location of the program.

* Description of program.

* Cost of the program.

* Contact information.

The deadline to submit information is noon March 31. Year-round programs will not be accepted for the guide.

Information may be emailed to Leah Sherman at, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.

Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis. Shots of people doing things are preferable; group shots are unlikely to be used. Photos may be emailed in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.