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South Maui schools get tents for outdoor classes

The Maui News

Large tents have been donated to Kamali’i Elementary, Kihei Charter School, Kihei Elementary and Lokelani Intermediate this week to provide outdoor classroom space during the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials announced.

Trade Winds Productions/USA Network, which filmed the reality show “Temptation Island” on Maui — primarily at a Wailea resort — donated six 20-by-30-foot tents to the four Kihei schools, offering “ventilated, shaded outdoor safe space to accommodate in-person classes while getting our keiki back to school this spring,” state Rep. Tina Wildberger of South Maui said Monday in a news release.

Wildberger’s business, Kihei Ice Inc., covered the cost of installation.

Kamali’i and Lokelani both received two tents each while Kihei Elementary installed one. Kihei Charter staff looked forward to receiving its tent Thursday.

“Our year has gone as well as possible,” said Michael Stubbs, Kihei Charter’s head of school. “We were already open for some time during the first semester, although we recently had to close due to the holiday spike. Thankfully, we were able to reopen our campus again last week.”

Stubbs added that the teachers and students have “really enjoyed being able to experience face-to-face instruction once again.”

At Kihei Elementary, principal Halle Maxwell said that this semester has been “very exciting and we are thrilled to have most of our students back for in-person instruction on a blended learning schedule.”

“We are focused on keeping everyone safe and healthy while also providing students with a supportive and engaging education,” Maxwell said Thursday. “We are very happy to have our new tent and want to thank Representative Wildberger for supporting our school in this way. We will be using the tent as a shady area during recess and as an additional option for our teachers who might want an outdoor learning space.”

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