Aiea students get unique lesson in government, community service

Students gathered at Blaisdell Park in Aiea Friday.

Students from Aiea Intermediate got a lesson in city government and community service Friday morning.

Classes were held outdoors at the Blaisdell Park in Aiea. Various officials and personnel, from police officers to Board of Water Supply technicians, were there to answer questions about city government and transportation.

“We’ve got the city departments all working together, this is an amazing collaboration,” said Honolulu city councilmember Breene Harimoto. “We are teaching the students about different aspects of government and how it applies to their lives.”

“It’s about education, but it’s also about reconnecting with the ‘aina,” said Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell. “This is a historic place. Aiea was a plantation town. Many of the kids don’t remember that, but they come from that history.”

After the civic lesson, students took time to clean up the Pearl Harbor bike path which runs through the park.

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