The state Department of Education celebrated Monday the renaming of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, formerly Hale Kula Elementary, with a special ceremony and unveiling of the school’s multimillion-dollar renovation.
The Board of Education approved the renaming earlier this year in honor of the late U.S. senator. The school is located at Schofield Barracks, which was the home the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the unit that Senator Inouye served in during World War II.
It recently underwent a $33.2 million dollar renovation, which was funded largely by the U.S. Department of Defense ($26.6 million) and the DOE ($6.6 million). The upgrades included a new two-story classroom building, student center, additional classrooms, library-media center, a new covered play court, and facelifts to the administration building and existing classrooms.
The school’s new buildings include state of the art designs that allow for natural lighting, and heat reducing roofing material.
“This school has historic ties to Senator Inouye,” Principal Jan Iwase said. “This school was opened in 1959 when Hawaii became a state and Senator Inouye was first elected to Washington. He always cared about education and the military, and this campus is a combination of both.”
The senator’s family donated several items to the school that are featured for students and visitors to see, including Senator Inouye’s Purple Heart, photos and military coins he earned in the military as given while a lawmaker.
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School currently services more than 800 students from special education pre-school to fifth grade.